Whitbread powers ahead with 12% energy reduction

Premier Inn, Torquay

Premier Inn, Torquay

Whitbread is dramatically reducing its carbon footprint in hotels and restaurants using voltage optimisation in over 400 locations.

As part of the company’s corporate responsibility programme “Good Together”, Whitbread - with a range of brands including Premier Inn, Costa Coffee and Beefeater - is committed to saving energy and reducing carbon emissions across the property portfolio.

Consequently the company has installed the voltage optimisation system in more than 400 hotels and restaurants across the UK.

Over the last four years the system has achieved average kWh savings across all measured sites of over 12% in electricity based on consumption before the voltage optimisation installations, saving thousands of pounds in energy costs and contributing to a significant carbon emission reduction for the company.

Head of energy and environment at Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, Chris George, said, "We’re serious about sustainability at Whitbread because we know it’s the right thing to do for the environment and it’s what our customers and our teams want. Our vision is to lead the hospitality industry to become more sustainable and we want to work with suppliers who share these values, have strong environment policies and can help us reduce our environmental impact."

He added, “We are delighted with the energy saving performance of the Powerstar voltage optimisation systems that support our ongoing achievements in reducing carbon, water and waste under our 'Good Together' programme. We found Powerstar to be proactive in their approach and awareness of the installation requirements during busy business operational hours.”

Working closely with Whitbread’s energy managers, Powerstar’s engineers developed a thorough understanding of the company’s energy consumption profiles and key carbon savings aims and objectives. They worked to ensure that energy surveys and installations caused minimum disruption to Whitbread’s guests and day-to-day business operations.

Dr. Alex Mardapittas managing director of Powerstar said, “We are an engineering company designing engineering solutions for all our customers. We have installed systems for many internationally renowned hospitality companies across the UK and we are particularly proud to have successfully installed 400 tailored systems for Whitbread.”

The system has been successfully utilised in a range of locations including the Palace of Westminster, London City Hall, House of Keys and Western Parliament Australia. Other hotel chains including Holiday Inn have employed the system, and it has recorded savings of up to 26.1% on electricity consumption at the Guoman Thistle Hotel, London.

But it doesn’t have to be huge hotels that benefit. A 44 bedroomed 4* boutique hotel, the Ten Manchester Street Hotel, London has saved nearly £10,000 per annum with the system; a reduction in energy consumption of 21.4% and reducing CO2 emissions by 44.9 tonnes a year - the equivalent of 85,449kWh.

Jason Dalgarno, maintenance manager of the hotel said, “We are highly delighted with the service provided by Powerstar and the great savings we have achieved.’’

The first step to achieving a reduction in carbon footprint is to measure the carbon output from heating, air conditioning and other energy usage. Whitbread is a member of the International Tourism Partnership and as such played a key role in the creation of the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI), the globally recognised common methodology for measuring carbon emissions. The HCMI allows hotels of any size to calculate and communicate the carbon footprint of hotel stays and meetings in a consistent and transparent way, and has been adopted by more than 21,000 hotels around the world. The HCMI is free for hotels to use and to access it you can email info@hotelcarboninitiative.org.

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