Marriott Hotels has spoken of its delight after being voted the greenest hotel chain in the UK in The Sunday Times ‘60 Best Green Companies' list.
The company, which is the only hospitality operator to appear in the list, ranked 17th and also scooped top prize in the category for ‘large companies with a medium environmental impact'.
The hotel chain aims to reduce its carbon footprint by 25% by 2017 and initiatives include working with the company's top 40 suppliers to provide greener products across the board.
Govert Deketh, environmental chairman of the London Marriott Business Council, described the listing as "great news".
"We have been working very hard to reduce the impact that we have on the environment," he said. "Environmental Awareness is at the core of how we do business every day."
Richard Caseby, managing editor of The Sunday Times, described the companies in the list as "pioneers - enterprising, enlightened and fizzing with new ideas".
"There may be plenty of environmental awards but this is the first that has both a robust methodology to measure environmental performance and a survey of each company's staff to find out whether the green sheen is more than skin-deep," he said.
By Helen Gilbert
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