NH Hotel Group and Green Key announce a collaboration in which Green Key will support NH Hotel Group in achieving its ambitious sustainability goals
Sustainability is one of the main strategic values for NH Hotel Group, which prioritizes innovation in order to develop eco-efficient solutions. NH Hotel Group’s sustainability perspective is built on three principles: a) ‘We care for the people we host’, b) ‘We care for the destinations where our hotels are located’, and c) ‘We care for the planet we all live on’. The main focus of the group's sustainability work is with energy, water, responsible suppliers, carbon footprint and climate change.
Since 2007, the Group has been working on sustainability. starting with the Group’s first Strategic Sustainability Plan that year, the carbon footprint per room sold has been reduced by 72%, energy consumption by 34% and water consumption by 31%.
These results have been achieved thanks to many efficiency initiatives and procedures implemented in the Company’s hotels. Certifications such as Green Key help NH Hotel Group to improve further and represent a strong commitment with the environment.
“Sustainability and environmental performance are a key pillar for NH Hotel Group. Our hotels are engaged in sustainability and eco-innovative work, in fact, 140 NH properties have achieved a Green Key or another distinction for their activities. We are happy to continue the cooperation with Green Key through this global agreement,” said Ana Pinedo Lozano, Executive Environment & Sustainability – Operations.
During 2018, 6 new hotels of NH Hotel Group have been awarded with this certification reaching in total 46 hotels located in Belgium, France, Mexico, South Africa and The Netherlands. The 6 new hotels with the Green Key certification are: NH Brussels Bloom and NH Brussels EU Berlaymont in Brussels (Belgium); NH Centro Histórico in Mexico City and NH Collection Guadalajara Providencia, in Guadalajara (Mexico); NH The Lord Charles in Cape Town (South Africa); NH Collection Eindhoven Centre in Eindhoven (The Netherlands).
“We are proud to be an official cooperation partner to NH Hotel Group. Today, 46 NH hotels in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Mexico and South Africa have already achieved Green Key, and other hotels are working towards meeting the Green Key requirements. Through our support, we are looking forward to inspire the NH hotels to continue upgrading their sustainability performance. Any NH hotels interested in pursuing Green Key is welcome to contact us for more information.” said Finn Bolding Thomsen, Green Key International Director.
About NH Hotel Group
NH Hotel Group is a consolidated trusted operator and one of the leading urban hotel companies in Europe´s business segment with a wide presence in America. The Company operates over 350 hotels in 28 countries under the brands NH Collection, premium upper-upscale hotels with iconic buildings located in the major capitals; NH Hotels, trustworthy upscale urban hotels offering the best value for money at the best locations; and nhow, unconventional and cosmopolitan design hotels with unique personalities inspired by the city vibe.
Since January 2019, NH Hotel Group is part of Minor Hotels, an international hotel owner, operator and investor based in Thailand. Joining their complimentary portfolios, NH and Minor operate a total of 7 brands spanning over 5 continents and make up one of the top 20 largest hotel platforms in the world.
About Green Key
Green Key is the world’s leading eco-label for hotels and other tourism facilities with around 3,000 awarded establishments in almost 60 countries around the world. The Green Key award is based on compliance with a strict set of criteria that include environmental management, environmental awareness raising and social responsibility. Green Key’s criteria for hotels and hostels are recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). Green Key’s application, audit and award processes are also standardized and there is always a third-party verification of the award. Green Key is endorsed by various UN organizations, international hotel chains, hospitality industry related companies and online booking and travel agencies.