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IHG is canvassing worldwide opinion on its new green initiative that could see the project rolled out across its entire portfolio.
So far, the idea only exists in virtual form on the company”s website but IHG says the ”Innovation Hotel” as it is dubbed, could be standard within the next few years.
A huge amount has been made of how to improve hotels” environmental performance, but IHG says it is looking at specifics to address consumption issues.
Concrete plans could include: roof solar panels to heat water; rainwater harvesting; a roof garden for insulation; windpower to generate electricity; recycled glass windows and household waste to provide heat and power.
IHG senior vice president corporate responsibility David Jerome said: ”People who do their bit for the environment when they”re at home are likely to be interested in doing the same when they”re staying in a hotel.
”It”s about growing in a way that makes sense for business while managing our impact on the environment and community. We want to know what green features are important to guests before making them part of brand standards. This gives them a chance to weigh in with their ideas.”
Furniture will be designed to be recycled as is all paper used at reception, while unused food from the kitchen can be packaged and sent to local charities. Any further scraps will be composted for use as fertiliser on hotel plants and lawns.
There will also be low-flow showerheads and dual-flush toilets, while collected rainwater will be used for dishwashers and washing machines.
”Now we”re looking at setting company-wide goals for our business to deliver real benefits to the environment, based on clear understanding of where we can make a difference and on guests” needs,” said Jerome.
IHG adds that it currently has 200 new-build Holiday Inn prototypes open or under construction, which it says use 30% less materials to build and require 20% less energy to run.