Carlson Rezidor’s energy savings Europe, Middle East and Africa initiative ‘Think Planet’, which awards its hotels for energy saving results has awarded the Think Planet Award for 2013 to its British property, the Radisson Blu Hotel Leeds.
The Think Planet Award recognises the hotel within the Carlson Rezidor Group which achieves the highest energy savings during the course of the year, as part of a targeted 25 per cent energy reduction across all Carlson Rezidor Hotels throughout EMEA by 2016. Achieving spectacular energy savings of 33 per cent kWh/m2 and 35.5 kWh/occupied room, Leeds battled it out against the entire EMEA portfolio of over 430 Carlson Rezidor hotels to win the award. In recognition of the contribution the hotel has made to energy efficiency, every staff member within the hotel received a folding bicycle as part of the award.
“We worked hard to implement a number of tools that would help us to achieve the significant reduction in energy consumption that we’ve seen. All installations relating to heating, ventilation and air-conditioning were optimised, and controls and temperature sensors were checked,” said John Hall, Chief Engineer at Radisson Blu Hotel, Leeds.
“Further work included the installation of 600 LEDS, which completed phase one of our lighting retrofit project.”
Speaking at the event, Inge Huijbrechts, Vice President Responsible Business at Rezidor Hotel Group, said “Think Planet is our contribution to sustainable tourism. We have set a very ambitious target to really move the needle. Thirty six of our hotels, including the Radisson Blu Leeds, have already reached the five year Think Planet target.”
Think Planet is part of Carlson Rezidor’s Responsible Business programme and focuses on minimising the group’s environmental footprint.
Think Planet works on reducing energy consumption by 25 per cent throughout the EMEA hotel portfolio by the end of 2016. The initiative aims to reduce water consumption and install water saving devices in guestrooms, achieve 100 per cent of hotels eco-labelled by 2015, and reduce waste to landfill.