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Eco-consciousness is on the rise in the hospitality industry

With the public now demanding more environmentally considered companies, they are now under pressure to demonstrate their eco-friendly credentials.

Eco-consciousness has been on the rise in the manufacturing, travel and fashion industries so it’s no surprise that the hospitality industry has been swept up in the green movement.

Initiatives such as the ‘ban straws’ campaign dominating the food and drink industry has meant that sustainable refurbishments are the hospitality sector’s big trend.

Guests are now looking for more sustainable and authentic experiences with millennials demanding more sustainable travel options. With this in mind luxury hotels have no other option but to go green! As a result, hoteliers are increasingly looking to refurbish their existing sites – opening up a major opportunity for contractors.

Park Lane’s Grosvenor House, for example, is undergoing a £50m green revamp. The aim is to make it greener and more sustainably run, reducing the building’s energy consumption by 10.7%.

Marriott Hotels is aiming to reduce its carbon footprint by 30% and its water usage by 15%. To meet these targets they have taken on a refurbishment programme, with ISG, a company Westgate have worked with on other projects, chosen to refurb the hotel’s 41 suite rooms.

London as a whole is one of 19 cities that has pledged to operate all buildings at net zero carbon by 2050.

Given the growing trend in the hospitality sector, the sustainable refurb market looks like an increasingly attractive prospect for contractors and how sustainably contractors carry out their work is becoming more important too.

Ways the hospitality industry can be more eco-friendly

Waste reduction

A huge way for the hospitality sector to be more green is by reducing the amount of waste they produce. Implementing paperless cash registers and refillable soap dispensers is a good start, as is cutting out single use plastic such as bags and straws. Recycling, reusing and saving on disposables can also be a huge help in reducing waste.

Use sustainable products

Using sustainable construction materials during refurb and fit out is important for companies looking to decrease their environmental impact. After all, it’s counter intuitive to make positive changes to become more eco-friendly without ensuring the work being done is also sustainable.

Use technology to reduce energy consumption

Technology has come a long way over the last 10 years and it can actually now be used to reduce energy consumption. Green roofs that feature solar panel systems are being implemented more and more on hotels and other hospitality buildings, and mean they aren’t completely dependant on other forms of energy. Implementing facilities such as low-flow showerheads and necessary key cards for lights and air conditioning can also help to reduce energy consumption. Changing the shower systems can reduce water consumption from around 25-30 litres per minute to 8-10 litres per minute.

Use local produce

Where possible, using local produce and adopting a farm-to-table dining philosophy is an effective way to reduce a company’s carbon footprint.

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