QHotels launches carbon offsetting scheme to organisers

QHotels has launched its first carbon offsetting scheme with Carbon Clear, giving delegates the chance to offset their carbon footprint to benefit third world carbon reduction projects.

The initiative will be in operation throughout all of QHotels’ 21 properties and is aimed at conference organisers looking to boost their green credentials.

Companies who want to reduce their own carbon footprint can add 14p to each day delegate rate to offset their carbon usage within the hotel, and add 40p per 24 hour delegate.

The money raised from carbon offsetting will bechanneled into the Hydropower Brazil project, through Carbon Clear. The project is dedicated to reducing the use of fossil fuels in favour of a sustainable run-of-river hydroelectric plant, located in Brazil.

QHotels’ Managing Director and chair of its CSR steering group, Michael Purtill said: “We know that the green credentials of a venue are becoming increasingly important in influencing the decisions of conference organisers.

“We want to make each conference at any of our 21 hotels as fresh, innovative and environmentally responsible as possible giving our clients the option to offset their carbon usage is yet another example of this in action.”

In 2010, QHotels successfully reduced energy consumption by 10.3 per cent year-on-year.

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