M&C Hotels participated last month in Earth Hour by turning off external and facade lights, turning off 30 per cent of lighting situated in non-critical areas, and setting air handling and fan coil units at a moderate 26 degrees. M&C rolled out the energy saving measures at properties throughout Asia Pacific, Middle East, Europe and North America for two hours as the various time zones reached 8pm.
Additional energy savings will be found by turning air conditioning off during office lunch hours, dimming lighting in public areas, raising the temperature of its chillers by 1 degree and setting temperatures at 24 degrees or higher.
In Asia, the energy saving implementations are expected to reduce M&C’s consumption by just under 1.4 million kWh per month, and equally financial savings of around $3.68 million per year.
M&C Hotels chairman, Kwek Leng Beng said, “This year’s expanded global effort at energy savings is another sign of our commitment to reduce energy in all our hotels, as well as raise awareness of the importance of conserving Earth’s resources.”
“M&C is a strong supporter of Earth Hour and we try to involve our guests who are encouraged to turn up their room air conditioning by one degree, or turn off non-essential electrical equipment such as television and lights when not in use. Each year, we have pushed ourselves to further reduce carbon footprint and promote energy conservation practices in all our hotels,” he said.