561 rooms, 16 conference rooms (part of SCANDIC group)
Become the greenest hotel in the city while staying competitive
Scandic group became a leader in sustainability in the hotel sector way back in 1993 by introducing the idea of reusing towels. It did not rest on its laurels, but continued to develop its environmental portfolio.
When the cleaning staff enters a room to clean, huge savings can be made. For instance, with small changes like only flushing toilets once or emptying the different bins into appropriate recycling containers, hotels can start to reduce their environmental footprint.
Correctly interpreting whether a client wanted to change his/her towels or not and switching the lights and the heater/cooler off between stays in the room can make significant cumulative gains in the long run. In addition, flushing the toilet only once per room cleaning can save up to 4000 litres of water per room per year (300 x 14L).
We have developed checklists for your staff to go through. They contain the most used green procedures to save water and energy in order to cumulatively aim for big gains. You can download them here.
If you want to improve something, you first need to know where you stand. It is only through measuring activities that you can see your strong and weak points and evaluate the improvements you make. You need to know how close you are to current industry practices or to meeting established environmental benchmarks. This is best accomplished by centralising responsibility for an issue.
Scandic Hotel hired someone specifically dedicated to implementing a systemic check of many factors such as energy, waste or heating and cooling. Smaller hotels can appoint the most motivated employee to assure periodical check-ups in addition to his or her usual tasks. It can be anyone who is detail-oriented and has a green conscience.
Read the article on appointing someone on your team to track the efforts.
Installing custom lighting and demand-controlled ventilation systems can constitute a considerable investment for a hotel, and you may not be able to do it today. By starting on a smaller scale first - changing to LED lights, installing automatic switches for the lights in the corridors, and insulating windows – guests can see that options are available to reduce their carbon footprint.
Additionally, when given the simple possibility to contribute, guests usually are keen to follow the most environmentally-friendly path as long it’s easy for them to do so. By installing rubbish bins with separate divisions (for example: organic waste, recyclables, and other waste) you create an easy way for guests to join your efforts.
By leaving messages regarding the washing of towels and sheets in guests rooms, you can also nudge someone into doing something.
Download and print this free brochure to help your guests know how they can help you become more sustainable.
You may think that serving tap water in bottles from recycled glass does not bear any significant impact on the environment if you only have a limited number of guests. It is true that Scandic is a big group, but if we think about all the hotels and restaurants in Europe, it amounts to hectolitres of water and tons of plastic bottles.
Proposing soap in refillable dispensers can lead to significant saving and decrease the work of your staff but can also show your commitment to promoting specific products such as an organic locally produced soap.
Read our article showing easy steps towards sustainability.
There are many elements to take into account when thinking about making your kitchen more sustainable:
Renovating a restaurant kitchen has to be planned carefully, and can be a costly investment. Changing to more eco-friendly chemicals or food ingredients is a more immediate investment. Ask your suppliers about the origin of the products you buy and always be on the look-out for eco-labels and environmental standards; these responsible strategies cost almost nothing.
The best first step? Talk to your chef about including more sustainable dishes on the menu.
BEMPs are best practices to reduce environmental impacts in a given sector, identified based on the actions currently implemented by frontrunners in the field. They are described in detail so that you can find the information that is directly relevant to your case.