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QHotels pedals ahead in the environmental stakes

QHotels staff on bicycle
Todays, QHotels, a collection of 21 unique hotels, has announced that it is offering a new eco experience for businesses, giving its conference, training and event delegates the chance to provide electricity for their meetings through pedal power.

In a bid to boost delegate’s eco credentials the hotel group is trialling its ‘Pedal Power’ eco initiative at Forest Pines Hotel and Golf Resort near Lincolnshire in an attempt to hit QHotels’ annual energy reduction target.

Delegates will be required to continuously pedal with the bicycle generator to convert 100 watts of energy in order to power enough electricity to charge a laptop - the equivalent to a gentle race up a hill. The bicycle generator operates in a similar way to a wind turbine with the magnetic force passing through coils of wire to generate power.

A recent survey of QHotels delegates found that 55% deem environmental credentials important and are eager to give back to the community and the pedal power generator is a simple and fun way to power a conference presentation – as well as keeping fit.

Sustainable energy is a key focus at QHotels, and this new package is one of many steps being taken to lower energy consumption. The hotel group works hard to achieve its CSR objectives and has recently come runner-up in the 2013 Cateys Sustainable Business Award. QHotels’ already has an impressive trophy cabinet, and has extended this further after Forest Pines’ recent gold accreditation in the Green Business Tourism Scheme (GTBS). This takes QHotels’ cabinet to 10 gold awards and 12 silver awards for the national sustainable tourism certification programme.

QHotels' Director of Property, Philip King said: “At QHotels we are committed to saving energy and providing an environmentally-friendly setting for guests and delegates. We have listened to delegates’ feedback and, given that environmental issues are high on the agenda for our delegates, we ensure we try new initiatives and find ways to support their aims as well as our own.

“We are always looking for new ways to improve our eco credentials and it is great that an awards body as prestigious as The Cateys acknowledges our efforts.”

QHotels remains committed to sustainability, last year electric car charging posts were installed at six hotels and the hotel group signed up to WRAP’s Hospitality and Food Service Agreement – aiming to cut food and associated packaging waste throughout the UK. In 2011 the brand was also proud to be awarded the AA Eco Hotel Group accolade.

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