Green Key award to first Kenyan hotel: Radisson Blu Nairobi

Radisson Blu Hotel located in Upper Hill, Nairobi was recently launched and awarded the Green Key Certificate.

The East African flagship hotel is the latest hotel within the Carlson-Rezidor Hotel Group to be opened, out of the 31 properties spread across the African continent.  The grand opening event was held on 22 January 2016. 

Prior to the opening, the Radisson Blu hotel in Nairobi had been working hard to achieve the Green Key certification. Ronny Fuss, the Executive Assistant commented: “Being a new hotel, we had both the opportunity and responsibility to put in place an elaborate and detailed energy saving project encompassing the latest modern energy saving systems. Among other initiatives we have implemented is the lighting system which exclusively runs on energy-saving bulbs, as well as the installation of solar panels for water heating.”

Green Key’s partner, SGS, was in charge of conducting the onsite audit of the hotel prior to the award. Solomon Onyango from the SGS Affiliate office in Kenya, said: “I am impressed with the environmental initiatives implemented at Radisson Blu Hotel in Nairobi. I would especially like to commend them for the general design of the building to use natural lighting, plus the concept and establishment of the green wall.” 

Finn Bolding Thomsen, International Green Key Director, added: “We are really happy to be able to welcome the first hotel in Kenya with the Green Key. Knowing the outcome of the audit, it is our belief that the hotel will be a fantastic ambassador for other hotels in sub-Sahara Africa wishing to work with their environmental and sustainability standards.”