A successful seven-year collaboration between EarthCheck, the world’s leading scientific benchmarking, certification and advisory group, and properties in the Carlson Rezidor Asia Pacific portfolio has achieved US$6.9 million in savings and an overall environmental footprint reduction of 23 per cent.
Today, eight of the group’s properties including its Singapore-based Asia Pacific headquarters have been awarded EarthCheck Gold Certification, and a further eighteen properties have been awarded Silver Certification.
EarthCheck Founder and CEO Mr Stewart Moore said the achievement confirmed Carlson Rezidor Asia Pacific’s position as industry leaders in environmental and business performance. He commended the group’s commitment to benchmarking its hotel operations and sustainability efforts.
“EarthCheck Certified is by far the tourism industry’s most scientifically rigorous benchmarking program, backed up by independent audits, and our members cannot achieve Certification without doing the hard yards,” Mr Moore said.
“We believe what’s good for the planet can also be good for business, and we are thrilled to release such positive data-based evidence of cost and resource savings for these Carlson Rezidor Asia Pacific properties as we award certification today,” he said.
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Asia Pacific, President, Thorsten Kirschke congratulated each of the twenty-six properties which have achieved Gold or Silver EarthCheck Certification.
“EarthCheck Certified supports the goals of Carlson Rezidor’s global Responsible Business Programme, both of which require significant commitment at management and operational levels,” Mr Kirschke said.
Staff across all twenty-six properties have reported their environmental footprint to EarthCheck annually and permitted independent auditors to verify the credibility of their environmental and social claims.
“Our teams deserve recognition from the industry and our guests, who rightly expect properties under the Carlson Rezidor Asia Pacific brand to do what’s right for the planet,” Mr Kirschke said.
Since 2009, Carlson Rezidor properties enrolled in EarthCheck Certified have achieved the following milestone savings achievements:
- 611 million megajoules of energy; a 21.5 per cent reduction, equivalent to requirements of 25,658 typical 4 person households in a developed country for a year
- 917 million litres of water; an 11 per cent reduction, equivalent to 367 Olympic sized swimming pools
- 7.8 million litres of waste not sent to landfill; a 36.9 per cent reduction, equivalent to 207 20ft standard cargo containers
Combined, these resource savings equate to US$6,860,025.
Mr Kirschke thanked EarthCheck’s Client Relationship Managers for their continued support and guidance. Each of the twenty-five Gold and Silver Certified properties are continuing their annual benchmarking through EarthCheck Certified in 2016.
List of properties achieving Silver Certification:
Radisson Hotel Brunei Darussalam, Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu, Radisson Blu Hotel Liuzhou, Park Plaza Beijing Science Park, Radisson Blu Plaza Chongqing, Radisson Resort Fiji Denarau Island, Radisson Blu Dhaka Water Garden, Radisson Hotel Shimla, Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay, Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi, Radisson Blu Nagpur, Radisson Blu Hotel Ranchi, Radisson Blu Hotel New Delhi Paschim Vihar, Radisson Blu Agra Taj East Gate, Radisson Blu Hotel MBD, Ludhiana, Radisson Blu MBD Hotel Noida, Park Plaza Noida, and Radisson Hotel Kathmandu.
List of properties achieving Gold Certification:
Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne, Radisson Blu Plaza Sydney, Radisson Blu Plaza Xing Guo, Radisson Blu Hotel Shanghai New World, Radisson Blu Hotel Pudong Century Park, Radisson Hotel Shanghai Hong Quan, Radisson Hotel Narita, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Asia Pacific – Regional Office.
About EarthCheck Certified
Properties in the EarthCheck Certified program are annually benchmarked in a wide range of performance indicators covering environmental, social, energy, legal, community and the design aspects of hotel buildings and their operations against peers in their sector, region and climate zone.
Specific global benchmarking standards include sustainable development policy, water and energy utilisation, waste management, paper usage, chemical usage, and corporate social responsibility initiatives.
EarthCheck awards Silver Certification after one year, Gold Certification after five years, Platinum Certification after nine years and Master status after fifteen years of continuous benchmarking.
Carlson Rezidor is one of the world’s largest hotel groups with 1,400 hotels in operation, representing more than 220,000 rooms and a footprint spanning 110 countries and territories. The group’s portfolio includes some of the world’s most recognizable hotel brands including Radisson Blu, Radisson and Park Plaza. It is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Brussels, Belgium.
The Carlson Rezidor Group’s award-winning Responsible Business Programme is built on three pillars: Think Planet – minimizing the environmental footprint; Think People – caring about the health and safety of guests and employees; and Think Together – taking responsibility for business ethics and the local communities.
EarthCheck is one of the world's largest certifiers of sustainable travel and tourism operators; with more than 1,200 clients in over 65 countries. EarthCheck certification complies with the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Greenhouse Gas Protocol, and the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) 14064 range of standards for greenhouse gas accounting.
Carlson Rezidor: Camilla Chiam, Vice President, PR & Communications, Asia Pacific,
t: +65 6511 9297 [email protected]
EarthCheck: Carla Adams, Communication & Engagement, t: +61 7 3103 2390 [email protected]