FHW Staff– Mumbai
Accor hotels in India have managed to reduce their 2013 energy and water consumption by over 23 per cent through investment in greener technologies and by educating staff on best practices. Accor India leads the Group in renewable energies like solar panels, with nearly a third of Accor India hotels using some form of renewable energy today.
Accor recently celebrates the second anniversary of PLANET 21, its sustainable development programme. Since the programme’s launch, Accor hotels have advanced towards sustainability targets set for 2015, including 95 per cent of hotels using eco-labeled cleaning products (Target- 85 per cent), 86 per cent of hotels recycling waste (Target- 85 per cent), and 80 per cent of hotels promoting healthy dishes (Target- 80 per cent). The sustainability initiative, reduced water and energy consumption by over 23 per cent across the Accor India network. In addition, since 2009, the Group has planted over 3.5 million trees through Plant for the Planet, one of PLANET 21’s flagship initiatives. Unique to Accor, Plant for the Planet encourages guests to reuse their towels by pledging to use a portion of laundry cost savings to finance tree-planting projects.
Javier Cedillo-Espin, VP communications and loyalty, Accor Asia-Pacific, said, “PLANET 21 is at the center of Accor’s DNA. Building a culture of sustainable development has numerous benefits for the group – by reducing our environmental impact and strengthening our commitment to our communities, we not only operate more efficiently, but we also enjoy stronger bonds with our guests, attract and retain the best talent and add value for our hotel owners and franchisees.”
With PLANET 21, Accor has 21 commitments to promote sustainablity, which cover a range of environmental, social and community investment actions, each of which has a measurable target for 2015. Accor’s hotels in Asia-Pacific have been particularly active in PLANET 21. With over 565 hotels in the region, Accor is the largest international hotel operator in Asia-Pacific and has a long-standing commitment to promoting responsible economic development in the 16 countries where it operates.
Arnaud Herrmann, VP sustainable development, Accor SA, said, “With the support of our partner PurProjet, an expert in developing community forestation projects, the number of plantation projects supported by Plant for the Planet has increased from 7 to 21 in the world in 2013.Our ambition is to involve a maximum of our hotels to sustain the program over the long term. Plant for the Planet enables us to address a number of challenges at once: to engage our employees and guests, to support local host communities and to preserve ecosystems and biodiversity.”