Conference hotel specialist chain QHotels,
has been awarded the Carbon Standard accreditation by the Carbon Trust. The
21-strong venue group saved 2,747 tonnes of C02 in one
The assessment, undertaken by independent
third-party assessors, was developed in consultation with leading businesses and
public sector organisations to implement and reward effective carbon management.
The accreditation recognises
QHotels’ carbon measurement, management and reduction over the past three
Managing Director and Chairman of QHotels’
CSR steering group, Michael Purtill, said: “The green credentials of venues are
increasingly informing the decisions of conference, events and business travel
bookers and this accreditation is excellent recognition of our commitment to
responsible carbon and energy management and follows a number of accolades for
our work in this area.
“In 2009 all 21 hotels and our central office
were awarded either a Silver or Bronze Green Tourism Business Scheme
accreditation and The Park Royal Hotel in Warrington was shortlisted
as Green Hotel of the Year at the prestigious Hotel Catey awards.”
Measures taken to meet the Carbon Standard,
Purtill noted, included retro fitting low energy lamps, pipe and roof
insulation, air conditioning timers, PIR controlled lighting, water flow
regulators for showers and digital gas meters that record consumption every half
Future energy efficiency efforts include
increasing recycling and implementing boiler optimisation controls (currently on
trial at The Midland, Manchester) and a scheme
to allow conferences to offset their carbon footprint against Developing World
carbon reduction projects.
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