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Sustainability at every level - for the environment

We want to lead the way and show that impact on the climate can be reduced even within large hotel operations. Therefore, all of our hotels are ISO 14001 certified.

Energy

All hotels that can will be run on renewable energy!

Oil, coal and natural gas account for 75% of the world's energy consumption. This causes major climate emissions. Therefore, we have two goals: to power as many hotels as possible with renewable energy and to reduce the energy consumption of the hotels to 190 KWh / m2 / per year by 2021.

Since 2007 we have purchased "renewable guarantees" from Ishavskraft in Norway. Wherever possible, we have switched to renewable energy sources. Several hotels have invested in geothermal and solar energy, and in 2016 Yasuragi and Quality Hotel Friends installed solar panels on their roofs. By 2016, regular and halogen lights have been replaced by energy-efficient LEDs. The same year, a co-worker was trained as a certified energy surveyor.

Chemicals

Fewer dangerous chemicals by 2021

All chemicals that we use are classified in red, yellow and green, depending on how much they affect people, animals and the environment. The hotels are constantly working on reducing the use of dangerous red and yellow chemicals. Additionally, we are working with our suppliers to produce more environmentally friendly products and methods. The goal is to reduce consumption to 12 grams per guest/night by 2021.

To reach our goal we review the daily usage of chemicals in all hotels. In Scandinavia several hotels have implemented ultra clean water and ozone water instead of chemical cleaning agents. This provides a safer work day, a cleaner environment and is working so well that we want to implement this in all of our hotels.

In the photo: Housekeeping at Quality Hotel Friends in Solna

Water

New technology reduces water consumption

For a large portion of the world's population clean water is only a dream. In the Nordics we do not have the same problem. We have plenty of fresh water, but that does not mean that we should not get involved in the issue.

By 2021 the goal is to reduce water consumption to 180 liters per guest/night.

Why is this important? While clean water is globally scarce, in the Nordics we want to reduce water consumption to lower the need for energy for heating and lower the need for chemicals for water purification.

What do we do? We continue our work by switching to water saving showers and sinks to lower the consumption as much as possible. The hotels are also working on overviewing their water usage procedures in the different departments.

Transportation

Less transportation - less emissions

Transportation contributes to climate emissions and is a problem for the health of animals and people. Nordic Choice Hotels' goal is to reduce the amount of transportation and by 2021 we will offset 100% of the means of transportation that are still needed.

The hotels are constantly working on reducing the amount of transportation to and from the hotel; one example of how we do this is through improved ordering routines. Since we introduced the Menu bank purchase planning tool this has gotten easier. Several of our suppliers are now carpooling to reduce transportation. In Norway, for example, our supplier Bamas' carpooling of fish, seafood, vegetables and fruit deliveries contributed to 5000 fewer transports! Together with our suppliers we have implemented volume discounts to encourage fewer and larger deliveries. We are on our way!

Waste

99% of all waste shall be recycled

Our goal for 2021 is to have a recycling rate of 99% of all waste. It's a tough goal, but we can achieve it through some clever approaches. The hotels will introduce circular thinking at all levels, increase the possibilities for recycling, train staff in environmental awareness, and purchase products that can be recycled.

We are already working on mapping out the recycling rate, and the hotels are continuously working to improve their recycling routines and to train their staff. It's not only good for us, it's good for the Earth and it's the approach of the future where resources are concerned.

International environmental certification

What is ISO 14001 certification?

ISO 14001 is a generic name for international standards in environmental management. Together they create a system to continuously improve the environmental performance of a company. In order to get the certification there must be a clear focus on environmental improvements, the results must be recorded, and targets must be adjusted each year.

All of our hotels are ISO 14001 certified and in order to help the hotels accomplish their work we have created our own environmental management system called NewPenguin. An essential part of the certification is the training of new employees. Nordic Choice Hotels has its own e-learning program that all employees can access. Each hotel also has its own environmental coordinator, who makes sure the environmental work is accomplished and recorded. An external auditor, DNV-GL, performs several audits of the hotels each year as well as the headquarters and ensures we still deserve the certification.

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