Responsibility Report - Carlson

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Responsibility Report - Carlson

Pillar 3Bob Burns, Regional Engineer at Park Inn,Heathrow, LondonThe Lighting programme alone saves approximately490 ton CO2 emissions per year“We are notsaving fortoday butsaving fortomorrow.We should beaware of thelong termbenefit”As part of its Responsible Business Programme,Park Inn Heathrow has undertaken ahuge task to change all the light bulbs in thehotel to long life energy saving light bulbs.-This project alone results in a reduction of948,761 kWh of electricity and a financialsaving of $80,000, says Bob Burns, DistrictEngineer at Park Inn Heathrow, London. Carbondioxide objectives are set every year andthe lighting project will result in 492 tons CO 2reduction in one year. That was a key factorwhen the hotel was recently awarded Goldstatus by the Green Tourism BusinessScheme.The 900 bedroom hotel implements a widevariety of initiatives to conserve energy andwater and to reduce waste. Bob Burns is alsoresponsible for other hotel propertiesbetween Wales and Birmingham and reviewsthe properties as part of the ResponsibleBusiness programme on an annual basis. Bobhas a task force role where he shares hisexpertise and experience by visiting otherRezidor Hotels about to be opened, forexample the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Hotelin Dubrovnik and the Radisson Blu WaterfrontHotel in Stockholm.-We conduct yearly engineering audits,where we go through the building from roofto basement examining for example thetechnical condition of water storage tanks,electrical and heating systems, and the insulation,says Bob. After the inspections areport is written about things that need to bedone. The property manager and chief engineerdecide which measures to be taken,described in the Rezidor action plan. Theseengineering audits will be further spread toEurope and Russia.According to Bob, the main environmentalissues are utility usage such as water, gas andelectricity, and waste management. As mentionedbefore Park Inn Heathrow has successfullyconverted lighting and as a resultmade huge energy savings and obtained substantialcost reductions in one year. Thewaste consists mainly of food waste. Byincreasing recycling Park Inn Heathrow hassignificantly reduced the amount from 9 tonsto landfill per week to 5–6 tons per week.At the monthly staff information meetingsbriefs are also given on environment, waterand, light bulbs in addition to practicalreminders such as switching lights off. Theobjective is to change attitudes and behaviourby information and training. A trainingprogramme is planned for all engineers at theRezidor Hotels in the UK in 2011.The 13 hotels In the Heathrow Airport areameet regularly to share best practice.-Rezidor is considered to be the industryleader in Responsible Business and we areproud to share information to improve forexample waste removals and to be transparentand open minded about other environmentalissues, concludes Bob Burns.The Rezidor Hotel Group | Responsibility Report 2010 19

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