Green Key awarded establishment wins the 2018 Green Hotelier Award

NH Conference Centre Leeuwenhorst in the Netherlands has won the 2018 Green Hotelier Award organised by the Green Hotelier Magazine of the International Tourism Partnership

Copyright: NH Hotel Group S.A.

Copyright: NH Hotel Group S.A.

The 2018 Green Hotelier Awards have named the world’s most eco-friendly and sustainable hotels as part of Responsible Business Week.

The winner in the category of carbon is Green Key awarded NH Noordwijk Conference Centre Leeuwenhorst from the Netherlands. This NH Hotel Group’s property in the Netherlands has exceeded its targets over the last year by reducing its energy consumption per occupied room by 15%. The establishment has as well ensured that energy is not wasted throughout the building, so they have reduced energy through cogeneration and the use of more natural solutions like using sunlight for lighting and heating. The hotel uses centralised systems to control room temperature and monitor energy use throughout the building, but also help their guests reduce their own footprint by offering electric car charging points and bike rentals. Their commitment to reduced carbon footprint has really paid off.

Other winners included Mercure Convention Center Ancol Jakarta from Indonesia (in the category of water and the overall winner), Glenuig Inn from Scotland (in the category of waste) and Six Senses Laamu from the Maldives (in the category of community).

The annual awards by Green Hotelier Magazine changed format this year to align with the International Tourism Partnership’s goals for 2030. These goals invite the hotel industry to align their corporate social responsibility efforts with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (also called Global Goals). Editor of Green Hotelier and Awards judge, Siobhan O’Neill said: “We were delighted to receive applications this year from many hotels and their owners/managers who are thinking hard about how the can contribute to the Global Goals. Every single hotel is deeply committed to doing their bit for people and planet, and many of them go above and beyond to have huge positive impacts for the communities and environments where they are located.”