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Water Management and Conservation

…operation. Ensure that the water flow rates on tunnel washers and CBWs are adjusted to the manufacturer’s recommended setting. When buying washing machines, ensure it has a good water consumption rating. Consider using ozone laundry systems. These inject ozone into the water, which works in conjunction with the laundry chemicals to provide a more efficient wash, reducing energy and water use through shorter cycles. Monitor water use and…

Andrew Cosslett

…ter in our hotels. New technology is revolutionising the process. The move to ozone-based washing, for instance, not only reduces water consumption but also energy usage as it eliminates the need for hot water. A pilot ozone laundry study in Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach, Australia, showed savings in water use of 40%, resulting in energy and labour savings of USD $111,000. Based on these findings, eight hotels in Australia, New Zealand and the South…

Green Awards Round-Up

…a better future by being responsible stewards of the environment and a positive contributor to our community.” The hotel recently installed an AquaRecycle® Laundry Water Recycle System, which will reduce carbon emissions and laundry water usage by 85%. The new system will allow the hotel to reclaim and reuse its laundry wastewater, conserving resources while offering guests premium eco-conscious accommodation. Skål International Sustainable…

5 ways tech can make your hotel more responsible

…s’ carbon footprints. Many hotels now ask guests to consider the environment before requesting new towels each day, which has helped to cut down the amount of water and energy used. However, by using environmentally friendly laundry technology, there is more that can be done. Bead cleaning technology helps hotels to reduce their energy consumption and water usage, as well as cutting down on the frequency with which the linen needs to be…

The Traddock: building a sustainable community

…savings and benefits have always been substantial. Why go down the sustainable route and what effect has it had? The sustainable route has resulted in many fairly significant reductions in our costs for energy, waste, water, laundry and heating. The technology has also improved the infrastructure of the hotel increasing guest satisfaction and the overall efficiency of the hotel operations. Key sustainability influencers Owners The Reynolds…

Serena Hotels find unique use for waste water in Kenyan national park

…a lagoon consisting of six chambers at their Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge. The Lodge is connected to the lagoon through an array of septic tanks and a drainage system, bringing the wastewater from the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry directly into the chambers. Through a process of aeration, oxygenation and sunlight exposure, the water travels through each of the six chambers and undergoes a natural cleaning process. The wetlands lagoon is one of…

Winners of HICAP sustainable awards announced

…2014. Judges felt their attention to energy and water usage reduction is impressive; scrutinising the facility for opportunities. Results demonstrate systems linking to efficient resource use, such as capturing rainwater for laundry use, then connecting laundry greywater to supply water closets outfitted with low-flush features, all undertaken with “DIY” ingenuity. Other innovative solutions include repositioning showerhead pipes to face…

AccorHotels makes COP carbon commitment

…reforestation project in Peru, which follows on from the Plant for the Planet programme initiated by the Group in 2009, whereby guests spending more than one night in a hotel are invited to reuse their towels. Thanks to the laundry savings this generates, cutting the consumption of water, energy and detergent, it enables the funding of reforestation projects that are directly linked to the problems encountered in the communities near its…

Green supplier relationships make commercial sense

…at both individual hotel and global company level. For example, a decision to landscape a hotel garden with low-maintenance, drought-resistant plants can reduce staff time and also water usage. At a global level, a change in laundry policy to use more efficient, cool wash technology and cleaning products has a similar impact, albeit on a much larger scale. The benefits in both cases are not only environmental, but also commercial. Driving…