IHG Green Engage™ system
The IHG Green Engage system is our group-wide online sustainability programme. It allows hotels to track, measure and report on their carbon footprint and utility consumption as well as recommending more than 200 ‘Green Solutions’ which help deliver greater sustainability.
The IHG Green Engage system:
- measures energy, waste and water use
- recommends over 200 Green Solutions to reduce the impacts our energy, waste and water use have on the environment
- supports hotels to create environmental action plans and targets
- helps our hotels achieve energy savings of up to 25%
- make our hotels more cost-effective and ultimately allows us to improve the value of service we offer our guests
The system recognises progress and performance through four levels of certification. In 2014, we announced a global standard that all our hotels must be enrolled in the IHG Green Engage system and complete Level 1 certification by 31 December 2015. This is a global standard fully supported by the IHG Owners Association and demonstrates our absolute commitment to sustainability right across the business.
Independent assurance is undertaken for each hotel claiming IHG Green Engage system certification.
We work with a number of third parties to align the IHG Green Engage system activity to their requirements, including TripAdvisor's Green Leaders, Green Globe, Florida Green Lodging, and, in 2014 the Green Tourism Certification programme, and Green Key Global. We currently have 124 registered hotels with Green Key Global in the United States and Canada, and 22 hotels with Green Globe around the world.
IHG was the first hotel company to be approved for pre-certification for new and existing buildings by LEED, the top programme for the design, construction and operation of green buildings.
Rick Takach, president and CEO of Vesta Hospitality, said: “My hotels participate in the IHG Green Engage™ system because it makes absolute business sense. Through reducing utility consumption and costs and driving revenue. It is a no-brainer.”
Biodiversity plays an important role in the day-to-day life of a hotel and keeping the disturbance of animals, plants and their natural habitats to a minimum is an important part of our role as a responsible business. As part of our IHG Green Engage™ system we have developed a set of recommendations aimed at preserving and protecting on-site local flora and fauna and the wider regional ecosystems affected by our operations. This includes advice on management of green spaces and long term strategies for protecting local environments.
Guest awareness and participation
Through signage, literature and our colleagues, our hotels can promote their green efforts and encourage guests to participate. We promote local sustainability initiatives such as low carbon alternative means of transport and can provide guests with feedback on their energy and resource usage.
We work with government bodies to help refine proposed regulation and make it fit for our industry. The IHG Green Engage system plays a key role in helping hotel owners manage current regulatory performance and prepare for anticipated regulations.
IHG Green Engage™ system awards
Global Business Travel Association Gold Medal for Sustainability
Hotel Association of Canada Green Key Award
Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) Excalibur Award for Large Companies
Project Icarus Gold Medal from the Global Business Travel Association
The future for the IHG Green Engage™ system
The IHG Green Engage™ system will continue to evolve. We constantly review the system incorporating suggestions from sustainability thought leaders, hotel engineers and general managers. We will also look at any new innovations or solutions which can help us take even better care of the environment.
The Holiday Inn Express Singapore Orchard Road
The Holiday Inn Express Singapore Orchard Road has the BCA Green Mark Platinum Award – Singapore’s highest rating for green buildings – and has achieved IHG Green Engage system Level 4 for new hotels. It won the Sustainable Hotel Award for sustainable project design at the Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) 2014. As a result of the innovation at this hotel, it uses less energy than conventional Singapore hotels.
“Holiday Inn Express Singapore Orchard Road consumes only a third of a typical hotel’s energy, consequently reducing our carbon emissions and saving on utility costs”, said Hoyce Ho, Director of Engineering and Energy Management, InterContinental Hotels Group Asia Australasia.