Holiday Inn owner InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard for all its UK owned and managed hotels.
To achieve the standard, IHG had to demonstrate a carbon reduction as well as a commitment to future carbon reduction.
The hotel group achieved a 2.6% reduction in carbon emissions in the UK during the past two years, equating to a saving of 2,200 tonnes, the equivalent of 820 hotel guests taking their cars off the road each year.
David Jerome, IHG's senior vice-president of corporate social responsibility, said: "This accreditation is a great way of communicating our environmental credentials to our guests who want to know that when they stay with us they are making a positive difference for themselves and the planet."
At the end of 2009, IHG launched its online environment management tool, called Green Exchange. The tool lets hotels directly input data and then compares them with hotels of a similar nature around the world to see how they are performing. IHG credits the benchmarking tool as having played a significant part in achieving the carbon standard.
By Chris Druce
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