2013 Awards testament to achievements over past four yearsNH Hoteles, Europe’s third ranked business chain, has smashed its four year environmental targets set in their 2008-2012 Strategic Environmental Plan. Additionally, the international Group has received two industry awards this year, a testament to their achievements - IMEX and GMIC Green Supplier Award Gold Category and the 2013 Project Icarus Sustainability Gold Medal.
Since the Plan’s launch, the Group has spent over €4 million financing environmental initiatives, of which 60% has gone to making its hotels more efficient.
The Group has announced energy savings of 22.7%: water usage down by 27.6%: carbon emissions slashed by 40% and waste and waste generation reduction and recycling by 34.2%.
Juliet Howie, Commercial Director, Global Sales Force NH Hoteles, said that the “objectives laid down in our plan of 2008 were very ambitious. Not only have we achieved them all today, but have done so well ahead of schedule. This would not have been possible without the contribution of the employees at all of our hotels who, thanks to ongoing training in this field, have proven capable of adapting to change and making this Company a sustainability benchmark in the tourism sector”.
Enhanced energy efficiency across NH Hoteles’ establishments have been instrumental in the Group becoming the first hotel chain in the world to achieve ISO 50001 certification, the most important international Energy Management Systems standard.