Swissotel Hotels & Resorts has renewed its environmental commitments with the release of an inaugural public sustainability report.
Released in late December, the report outlines Swissotel’s sustainability goals and strategies and highlights a range of new initiatives implemented across the group.
It also outlines the group’s environmental achievements following ongoing efforts to reduce water and energy consumption.
With sustainability management systems now fitted in all hotels, Swissotel has reduced water consumption by 11% per guest per night and lowered carbon dioxide emissions by 13% since 2009.
Total energy consumption also improved 1.6% to 37.8kg per guest night from 2010 to 2011, representing a 13% improvement since 2009.
Swissotel president Meinhard Huck heralded the results as a “milestone”, but conceded an ongoing commitment was critical to maintain long term results.
“We consider the environment to be one of the most significant and challenging components of sustainable development,” the report said. “There are few subjects as high profile and widely debated as the harm being done to the environment by the modern world.”
Swissotel introduced a company-wide waste efficiency and monitoring process late last year. A new waste recycling system is being trialled in Singapore, and an eco-footprint project will be expanded to all hotels over the coming years.
The group has also installed analytical tools to measure and assess the effectiveness of various initiatives with the goal of reducing its overall environmental impact.
“Being sustainable isn’t about the things you say, but the things you do. It is our goal to be clear and honest in the communication of our objectives, goals and performance,” Huck concluded.
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