The system, which was developed by IHG, will be rolled out across IHG's
seven brands including Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza and InterContinental
following final trials in 650 hotels which will start late
The IHG 'Green Engage' software works by hotels directly inputting data on site. The system automatically compares hotels of a similar nature across the world and lists a series of actions that each hotel can take to reduce waste and the consumption of energy and water.
Green Engage responds to growing levels of interest from guests who are looking for sustainable hotels that manage their environmental impact. As well as location, price and amenities, guests are now factoring in a hotel's environmental credentials when booking a place to stay.
By utilising 'Green Engage', hotels will now have for the first time, a comprehensive on-line system which gives them the means to:
- Measure - their usage of energy and water, waste produced and their carbon emissions. They can then benchmark themselves against other hotels and set demanding, but achievable reduction targets. - Manage - the elements of their hotel that most impact the environment. These can range from insulating the hotel's hot water pipes to introducing a recycling programme and switching to organic cleaning materials to appointing one of the employees as a green champion. - Report - on progress to date both internally and to guests and corporate clients.
In 2008 IHG launched Innovation Hotel, an online example of what a future hotel might look like if it used new green technologies. Guests can provide feedback on which of these they feel are important, allowing IHG to consider how they can be implemented as part of the Green Engage programme.
For more information about corporate responsibility at IHG, visit: http://www.ihg.com/responsibility
* Green Engage - patent pending
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Notes to Editors:
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) (LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)) is the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms. IHG owns, manages, leases or franchises, through various subsidiaries, over 4,100 hotels and more than 600,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories around the world. The Group owns a portfolio of well recognised and respected hotel brands including InterContinental(R) Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo(R), Crowne Plaza(R) Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn(R) Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express(R), Staybridge Suites(R) and Candlewood Suites(R), and also manages the world's largest hotel loyalty programme, Priority Club(R) Rewards with 40 million members worldwide.
IHG has more than 1,700 hotels in its development pipeline, which will create 200,000 jobs worldwide over the next few years.
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group's holding company and is
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Since being established by Holiday Inn founder
IAHI represents the interests of nearly 3,000 owners and operators of IHG hotel brands. What began as an association of owners of just one brand now extends to multi-brand representation, with committees around the world. It is an association that is unlike any other - unique in the hotel industry.
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