Radisson Edwardian Turns Green into Gold at Green Tourism Accreditation

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    London hotel group Radisson Edwardian has been awarded three gold and 11 silver accreditations across the board for their 12 luxury London hotels by the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS). The GTBS is the national sustainable tourism certification scheme for the UK, providing environmental advice and auditing to the hospitality industry.

    Each of Radisson Edwardian’s 4 and 5 star London hotels were assessed by the GTBS against a rigorous set of criteria, covering a range of areas from energy and water efficiency, to waste management and local community support. It was announced this week that Radisson Edwardian hotels meet the GTBS’s Best Practice standard in several areas and of note the Radisson Edwardian Heathrow, Radisson Edwardian New Providence Wharf & The May Fair hotels were found to excel each achieving a gold accreditation.

    “Radisson Edwardian dispels the myth that a top quality hotel cannot also be green.” said Stuart Park, Senior Grading Assessor for GTBS. “As London embraces more sustainable answers to tourism, Radisson Edwardian Hotels stand out from their competitors by offering the same high levels of comfort they always have, but now with a much greener approach.

    “Successful resource efficiency initiatives are constantly being introduced to reduce the carbon footprint of each hotel.

    Groupwide initiatives include a new fleet of hybrid vehicles to reduce emissions from necessary travel, while low carbon journeys by guests are actively encouraged. Ecofriendly soaps have been sourced for the 2000+ guest bathrooms, new energy efficient lighting is being installed and all of the restaurants showcase the ‘best of British’ produce. The hotel’s enthusiastic ‘Green Teams’ maintain staff momentum and future green projects are already underway, ensuring the group is at the forefront of a greener London.”

    Being green is high on the agenda for Radisson Edwardian hotels with the implementation of a radical ten-year programme launched in 2009, which aims to create the greenest hotels in the capital.

    “The desire to be a greener hotel company runs throughout the company at every level.” said Paul Mansi, Chief Operating Officer. “We have a Green Team at each hotel tasked with effecting the company’s carbon footprint. Everyone is doing their best to think greener and be greener. We have made huge strides in fuel savings and the management of energy, with new and better ways of working being recorded every day. We think it’s a wonderful achievement that in our first ever grading visit for the GTBS our green works have been deemed best practice and that we have managed to take it one step further with gold accreditations! Next year the aim is Gold across the board!”

    Radisson Edwardian’s GTBS accreditations join a recent Platinum Award won at the 2010 Green 500.

    Daniel Fountain / 12.10.2010

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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