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Green Grading Hotels in London

Hotels, guesthouses, attractions and event venues in London, England are being invited to have their green credentials tested by independent auditors through a pilot scheme that has been enthusiastically endorsed by London Mayor, Ken Livingstone.

The London Development Agency are responsible for the scheme entitled “Green Tourism for London”, which will see hotels graded according to their environmental practices and policies. Each establishment signing up to be tested will receive a Gold, Silver or Bronze grading depending upon the results of 150 separate tests, referred to as ‘measures of sustainability’. The tests will rate how efficiently the hotel uses water, energy and gets rid of its waste, and also how environmentally friendly their purchasing procedures are.

The scheme has been launched following research by the LDA that found that 31% of individuals consider green issues when planning their holidays. That’s already almost one in three people and that percentage is expected to rise significantly in the next few years as more adopt the green agenda. Corporations that extensively use hotel accommodation are also expected to push green issues towards the top of their list when considering where to book a stay for their employees and managers.

The LDA is hoping to persuade 150 hotels to join up to the scheme over the next two years, and as an incentive is offering to pay the £60 joining fee as well as offering a 50% reduction in annual fees to the first 150 establishments to sign-up to the GTL. Annual fees range from £50 for a bed & breakfast sized establishment and up to £250 for a large business or attraction. But, only hotels that are graded members of the VisitBritain or AA rating schemes are eligible to sign up for the GTL initiative.

In addition, there will be financial benefits for hotels participating in the scheme; each hotel taking part that reaches at least bronze standard should expect to save somewhere in the region of 20% of its current energy costs. Indeed, it is the triple benefit of cost cutting, helping the environment and the receipt of an official grading that will appeal to tourists interested in green issues that London Mayor Ken Livingstone hopes will encourage hotels in London to sign up to the scheme. He said: “Consumers are becoming increasingly environmentally conscious and Green Tourism for London will enable visitors to choose the greenest possible options during their stay in the capital.”

Going Green in Kerry

Two environmentally conscious Kerry hotels this week showed off their green credentials as part of a new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) initiative called Greening Irish Hotels.

The Derrynane Hotel and the Dingle Skellig Hotel were among 56 nationwide to engage in the unique program which aims to reduce the environmental impact of the businesses.

Speaking at the launch of the final report of the programme, EPA director, Larry Stapleton, said the project had resulted in reduced costs for hotels, giving a win-win outcome for business and the environment.

“The Irish hotels industry has been environmentally benchmarked for the first time in this pilot program which has delivered the blueprint for better, greener business for Irish hotels,” he said.

“What we would like to see happen now is that the momentum from this programme will be carried forward,” Mr Stapleton added.


Fairmont's Green Guide

TORONTO—As an environmental ambassador and industry pioneer in responsible tourism practices and sustainable hotel management, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts announced it has launched the third edition of its acclaimed Green Partnership Guide, a comprehensive how-to text for companies looking to “green” their operations.

The ultimate source for companies looking to introduce or expand their green policies, the latest edition of Fairmont’s authoritative manual once again opens the vault on the brand’s environmental best practices. Forwarded by world-renowned environmentalist Dr. David Suzuki, the Green Partnership Guide focuses on key areas such as energy management, water conservation, and innovative community outreach programs, while also providing detailed insights on how to start, maintain and grow an environmental program, including case studies on reducing operating costs, keeping employees motivated and tracking cost savings.

With fundamental issues such as climate change and other environmental concerns top-of-mind with businesses and consumers alike, Chris Cahill, Fairmont’s President and COO, believes the book’s launch is a timely and significant event.

“It is my firm belief that hotels, or all companies for that matter, need to be aware of how their activity is impacting our planet and ways in which they can minimize their footprint,” Cahill says. “For close to two decades now, Fairmont has actively supported environmentally sound business practices. With heightened awareness and responsible tourism now a mainstream topic, we encourage others to learn from our experience in this area and proactively move to green their operations.”

Providing support for Fairmont’s industry leading efforts is Hadley Archer, Director, Business Engagement for WWF-Canada.

“Corporations have an environmental footprint, and so they have the responsibility to take action to lower that footprint,” Archer says. “Fairmont’s Green Partnership Guide is an excellent example of a practical and meaningful solution to help companies lower their impact on the environment, and at the same time, generate cost savings and boost employee morale. By preparing this guide, Fairmont is showing corporate leadership in taking steps to address issues such as waste reduction and global warming.”

Green Hotels of the future

Fifty of the most environmentally friendly places to stay and use for conferences and events in Britain have been identified by the Green Tourism Business Scheme.

A range of independently owned and corporate establishments from the south coast of England to the Highlands of Scotland share the honours in the first register of its kind.

The establishments are all holders of the coveted Gold Award as presented by the Green Tourism Business Scheme to those companies across the country that have demonstrated a firm commitment to safeguarding the environment and promoting sustainable tourism.

The Gold List was compiled by a team of independent assessors, who individually verified each establishment’s green credentials before granting it the highest possible grading.

Recipients of the award have to achieve a minimum standard from more than 120 separate measures, ranging from best management practice and energy saving to buying local produce and caring for wildlife and the landscape.

“This is more than just a list; it is a sign of the future as more people are demanding that hotels have to be environmentally aware,” said Andrea Nicholas, director of The Green Tourism Business Scheme. “Our assessors visited every hotel on the list and verified their claims to be green. We are delighted that so many places want to win the highest accolade – a Gold Award. Many others have achieved Bronze or Silver. These hotels are pioneering the way.”


UK green hotels

The Green Tourism Business Scheme was founded in partnership with VisitScotland ten years ago and has more than 1,400 members across the UK.

Britain's 50 'Greenest' Hotels:

Ambassador Hotel, Brighton., East Sussex.

Apex City Hotel, Edinburgh, Midlothian.

Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa, Dundee, Angus.

Apex European Hotel, Edinburgh, Midlothian.

Apex International Hotel, Edinburgh, Midlothian.

Argyll Hotel, Isle of Iona, Argyll.

Bedruthan Steps Hotel, Newquay, Cornwall.

Blueseas Hotel, Penzance, Cornwall.

Budock Vean Hotel, Falmouth, Cornwall.

Careys Manor Hotel & Senspa, Brockenhurst, Hampshire.

Castle Campbell Hotel, Dollar, Clackmannanshire.

Cleaton House, Westray, Orkney.

Crown and Cushion Hotel, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire.

Dartmouth Golf and Country Club, Dartmouth, Devon.

Dryburgh Abbey Hotel, Melrose, Roxburghshire.

Dunstanburgh Castle Hotel, Alnwick, Northumberland.

Fairmont St Andrews, Scotland St Andrews, Fife.

Glazebrook House Hotel, Ivybridge, Devon.

Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder, Perthshire.

Greenbanks Country Hotel, Wendling, Norfolk.

Herrislea House, Tingwall, Shetland.

Hilton Colyumbridge Hotel, Aviemore, Inversness-shire.

Isles of Glencoe Hotel & Leisure Centre, Fort William, Inverness-shire.

Jurys Inn, Glasgow, Glasgow, Strathclyde.

Kings Manor Hotel, Edinburgh, Midlothian.

Langass Lodge, Locheport, Isle of North Uist.

Loch Torridon Hotel, Achnasheen, Ross-shire.

New Hall, St Andrews, Fife.

New Lanark Mill Hotel, Lanark, Lanarkshire.

Park Hotel, Thurso, Caithness.

Paskins Town House, Brighton, East Sussex.

Pennyghael Hotel, Pennyghael, Isle of Mull.

Pool House Hotel, Poolewe, Ross-shire

Primrose Valley Hotel, St Ives, Cornwall.

Radison SAS Glasgow, Glasgow, Renfrewshire.

Radisson SAS Hotel, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Midlothian.

Rufflets Country House & Garden Restaurant, St Andrews, Fife.

Station Hotel, Dumfries, Dumfriesh

Stein Inn Waternish, Isle of Skye

Strattons Hotel, Swafham, Norfolk.

Sunny Brae Hotel, Nairn, Inverness-shire.

Tables Hotel, Dunvegan, Isle of Skye.

The Ballachulish Hotel, Fort William, Inverness-shire

The Bonham, Edinburgh, Midlothian

The Foveran Hotel, Kirkwall, Orkney

The Howard, Edinburgh, Midlothian

The Silverdale Hotel, Brighton, East Sussex.

The White Horse Inn, Chichester, West Sussex.

The Winnock Hotel (Drymen), Loch Lomond, Stirlingshire.

Willowburn Hotel, Oban, Argyll.

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