Carbon and energy

Innovation not offsetting

As a global organisation we believe our biggest contribution towards cutting greenhouse gas emissions will come from changing our own behaviour. We’re therefore committed to reducing and managing carbon emissions across our hotel estate, rather than by purchasing carbon offsets. This provides a clear incentive to deliver the sorts of innovative solutions which guests want and which can deliver the greatest savings and efficiencies.

Our carbon footprint

In 2015, we continued to work with carbon footprint specialists to give us an up-to-date picture of IHG’s carbon footprint, using data gathered from 2,939 hotels worldwide.

Following the introduction of the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI) standard across the industry in 2012, which IHG played a leading role in developing, we added a carbon calculator to the IHG Green Engage system. As well as strengthening our efforts to improve the quantity and quality of data gathered by our hotels, the calculator enables hotels to minimise their impact on the environment by tracking, managing and reducing carbon. We were the first hotel company to put the new HCMI standard into practice.

A Greener Stay

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Guests staying at Holiday Inn hotels in the Americas for more than one night can elect to participate in 'A Greener Stay', a programme where guests can opt out of housekeeping services in return for additional points from IHG Rewards Club, IHG’s hotel loyalty programme.

As a result of this initiative, guests are encouraged to make more environmentally conscious decisions when travelling. Through 'A Greener Stay', guests will benefit from additional IHG Rewards Club points and the programme will help hotels to reduce their energy and water usage, thus minimising their environmental impact.

InterContinental Berlin

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The InterContinental Berlin sits at Level 4 – the highest level of certification in the IHG Green Engage system. For the third year running, they have also achieved the highest level of Green Globe certification. Through the IHG Green Engage system, the hotel has implemented measures to lower its energy and water consumption whilst managing its waste more effectively. Successful solutions implemented at the hotel include LED lighting, heat recovery systems, timing programmes for ventilation, motion sensors for lighting and aerators for water faucets. Most impressively, the hotel is powered solely by renewable energy sources including solar, wind and water, meaning no fossil fuels are burnt. The hotel has seen a reduction in its CO2 emissions of 2,025 tonnes per year and through all of their innovations and sustainable measures implemented, the InterContinental Berlin is saving 1,600,000 kWh per year, equivalent to €267,500.

“IHG Green Engage was the key to helping our hotel reduce its energy consumption. With its friendly format and green solutions to minimise environmental impact and operating costs, it truly does make a difference.”

Aernout de Jong, General Manager
InterContinental Berlin