IHG's Hotel Green scheme endorsed by LEED
Published on Jan 25, 2011
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced that its in-house sustainability system, 'Green Engage' has been awarded with a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). In doing do, IHG becomes the first hotel company to receive this award for an existing hotels programme.
A LEED designation is earned by the most sustainable buildings and gives an independent, internationally recognised rating against standards including energy savings, water conservation, and sustainable construction materials.
In the US alone, an average hotel has in excess of US$500,000 in energy expenses every year. As energy prices continue to rise, IHG promises that Green Engage can deliver in excess US$90,000 in annual energy savings by making hotels 15-20% more energy efficient. This means IHG's portfolio of 4,500 hotels has the potential to save over US$300 million in reduced energy costs annually. Additionally, Green Engage helps hotels attract the growing market of guests who are looking for hotels that manage their environmental footprint.
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