Updated: Nov 22, 2019
For the hospitality industry, the use of energy in operations is a significant consideration for environmental impact, as it is their largest contributor to electricity consumption. The good news is, many corporations are implementing great sustainability measures to reduce their electricity consumption. In this post, we’ll look at some of the leaders in sustainable hospitality in Hong Kong.
New World Millennium Hotel
The New World Millennium Hotel implemented Hong Kong’s first energy and water conservation program starting in 1992. In addition, the hotel participates in the Charter on External Lighting, in which the hotel switches off part of the hotel’s LED external lighting at 11 p.m. nightly to minimize energy wastage. It also uses energy-efficient equipment such as energy-saving lighting and the installation of water-control devices.
The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited
The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited is the hotel group who owns the well-known The Peninsula Hotels. The hotel group has seen a 20% reduction in energy intensity between 2006 and 2016, a goal that was achieved through taking active decisions to reduce electricity usage, such as installing energy-efficient fan coil units and LED lighting. In addition, five of their seven hotels have now implemented a low-temperature laundry program which uses much less energy than before.
Langham Hospitality Group
The Langham Hospitality Group is another great example of a global hotel company implementing good practices to reduce electricity consumption across its properties. Efficient lighting and air-conditioning systems are used in their hotels, and the group has taken part in global environmental initiatives such as Earth Hour, the global lights-out campaign. In addition, the Group’s Cordis Hotel, Hong Kong implemented LED light retrofitting, and heat pump installation for its hot tub in 2017, becoming one of just two hotels in Hong Kong to be awarded the Gold Award from the Environmental Campaign Committee at the Hong Kong Awards for Environmental Excellence. Lastly, their commitment to minimizing their carbon footprint is also evident by the fact that their energy intensity decreased by 18% in 2017 compared to a 2011 baseline.
These three case studies show a determined approach to energy conservation and shift to clean energy within the hospitality industry can be done. To learn more about the challenges and success of energy conservation measures in the hospitality industry, purchase tickets to the G.R.E.E.N. Hospitality Conference, happening next month at the Cordis Hotel, Hong Kong.