A successful seven-year collaboration between EarthCheck, the world’s leading scientific benchmarking, certification and advisory group, and properties in the Carlson Rezidor Asia Pacific portfolio has achieved US$6.9 million in savings and an overall environmental footprint reduction of 23 per cent.
Today, eight of the group’s properties including its Singapore-based Asia Pacific headquarters have been awarded EarthCheck Gold Certification, and a further eighteen properties have been awarded Silver Certification.
EarthCheck Founder and CEO Mr Stewart Moore said the achievement confirmed Carlson Rezidor Asia Pacific’s position as industry leaders in environmental and business performance. He commended the group’s commitment to benchmarking its hotel operations and sustainability efforts.
“EarthCheck Certified is by far the tourism industry’s most scientifically rigorous benchmarking program, backed up by independent audits, and our members cannot achieve Certification without doing the hard yards,” Mr Moore said.
“We believe what’s good for the planet can also be good for business, and we are thrilled to release such positive data-based evidence of cost and resource savings for these Carlson Rezidor Asia Pacific properties as we award certification today,” he said.
Carlson Rezidor Asia Pacific President Thorsten Kirschke congratulated each of the twenty-six properties which have achieved Gold or Silver EarthCheck Certification.
“EarthCheck Certified supports the goals of Carlson Rezidor’s global Responsible Business Programme, both of which require significant commitment at management and operational levels,” Mr Kirschke said.
Staff across all twenty-six properties have reported their environmental footprint to EarthCheck annually and permitted independent auditors to verify the credibility of their environmental and social claims.
“Our teams deserve recognition from the industry and our guests, who rightly expect properties under the Carlson Rezidor Asia Pacific brand to do what’s right for the planet,” Mr Kirschke said.
Since 2009, Carlson Rezidor properties enrolled in EarthCheck Certified have achieved the following milestone savings achievements:
- 611 million megajoules of energy; a 21.5 per cent reduction, equivalent to requirements of 25,658 typical 4 person households in a developed country for a year
- 917 million litres of water; an 11 per cent reduction, equivalent to 367 Olympic sized swimming pools
- 7.8 million litres of waste not sent to landfill; a 36.9 per cent reduction, equivalent to 207 20ft standard cargo containers
Combined, these resource savings equate to US$6,860,025.
Mr Kirschke thanked EarthCheck’s Client Relationship Managers for their continued support and guidance. Each of the twenty-six Gold and Silver Certified properties are continuing their annual benchmarking through EarthCheck Certified in 2016.