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“Green" engaged hotels 

Favored by travelers 

Research has shown that more than 70% of frequent travelers prefer hotels with a sustainable environmental policy and that a growing number of clients choose to book a room in a “green” hotel.

Based on these findings, IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) has innovated and created a comprehensive online sustainability system for its hotels: IHG Green Engage.

A leader

To drive environmental sustainability further, IHG Green Engage has met LEED standards, making it the first hotel company to have an existing hotel program approved for LEED and Green Key Global (GKG) pre-certifications.

With over 4,600 hotels and a portfolio of nine hotel brands including InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn in almost 100 countries and territories, IHG is one of the world’s leading hotel companies. So far 50% of the entire estate is enrolled in IHG Green Engage.

For the traveler…

G Green Engage tells hotels what they can do to be a “green” hotel and gives them the means to conserve resources and save money by measuring, managing and reporting their hotel energy, water and waste consumption.

Carbon footprint

IHG Green Engage also helps find better ways to manage their carbon footprint than merely offsetting emissions and to create a “green” culture.

So far the group estimates that a carbon footprint reduction throughout its global properties over the 2011-2012 period was 11.7% per occupied room and it is targeting a 12% reduction for 2013-2017, with the same target reduction of water use in water-stressed areas.

A commitment to communities

The group should also be lauded for its IHG Shelter in a Storm Programme whose target for 2013 – 2017 is to contribute a total of $10M to communities through monetary donations and in-kind support, enabling them to respond quickly to disasters.

Research and writing: Christiane Théberge







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