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 USD 6.9 million in savings and an overall environmental footprint reduction of 23 percent.
Today, eight of the group’s properties, including its Singapore-based Asia Pacific headquarters, have been awarded EarthCheck Gold Certification, and eighteen properties have been awarded Silver Certification.
EarthCheck Founder and Chief Executive Officer Stewart Moore commented, “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. 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.”
Thorsten Kirschke, president, Asia Pacific, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, congratulated each of the 26 properties which have achieved Gold or Silver EarthCheck Certification. “EarthCheck Certified supports the goals of Carlson Rezidor’s global Responsible Business Program, which requires significant commitment at management and operational levels,” Kirschke says.
Staff across all 26 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,” Kirschke says.
Since 2009, Carlson Rezidor properties enrolled in EarthCheck Certified have achieved the following milestone savings achievements:
• 611 million mega joules of energy, a 21.5 percent reduction, equivalent to requirements of 25,658 typical four-person households in a developed country for a year
• 917 million liters of water, an 11 per cent reduction, equivalent to 367 Olympic sized swimming pools
• 7.8 million liters of waste not sent to landfill, a 36.9 percent reduction, equivalent to 207 20-ft standard cargo containers, these resource savings equate to USD 6,860,025