[HD video below] Premier Inn, one of the UK’s largest budget
hotel chains, is celebrating a hat-trick of breakthroughs in its
efforts to reduce CO2 emissions from its business operations.
In 2010 Whitbread, the owners of Premier Inn,
committed to a target of reducing its carbon emissions by 26% by
2020 (relative to a 2009 baseline).Now, Premier Inn has reported
three significant achievements in its drive to reduce CO2
emissions and raise standards of sustainability across its 46,000
bedrooms. These are:
- Achieving an ‘excellent’
sustainability rating for its Burgess Hill Premier Inn and
Beefeater Grill from the Building Research Establishment (BRE).
The hotel, which opened 12 months ago, is Premier Inn’s second
‘green hotel’ and is showcasing technologies which are now being
embedded across the wider Premier Inn portfolio.
Quantifying the CO2 footprint of the Premier Inn bed: research has
now benchmarked the total CO2 emissions associated with producing
each of Premier Inn’s 46,000+ beds with a view to reducing
emissions levels in future bed production.
- Ranking as
one of the UK’s top companies for acting on CO2 reduction by being
re-certified for the Carbon Trust Standard. Whitbread is one of 80
UK companies to achieve this benchmark.
Head of Corporate Responsibility for Premier Inn, said, “We are
looking at innovative ways of lessening our impact on the
environment and using the scale of our business to effect positive
change. Cutting our CO2 emissions makes good business sense – it
saves us money, makes us more competitive, and gives us a clear
market differentiator against our rivals. Our achievements show
how serious we are about the environment and we will continue to
invest in driving up our sustainability performance in line with
our carbon reduction targets.”
With the assistance of the
Carbon Trust, Premier Inn has calculated the carbon footprint of
one of its most important assets – the signature Premier Inn bed.
With over 46,000 Premier Inn beds across 606 hotels, the Premier
Inn bed offers a real opportunity to save carbon.
is now working with Hypnos, its bed manufacturer, to reduce the
carbon emissions from each new bed. By working together in this
way with suppliers, Premier Inn can use their expertise in this
field to improve performance across the supply chain.
Graham, Head of Property Procurement at Premier Inn, said, “By
working with our supplier we have analysed the levels of carbon
emissions produced from a Premier Inn bed. We are now focused on
driving these carbon emissions down to create a more sustainable
bed for the future.”
One year on from its opening, Premier
Inn Burgess Hill has been awarded a BREEAM ‘excellent’
sustainability rating by the Building Research Establishment
(BRE). The hotel features an array of sustainable features
including a ground source heat pump, grey water recycling, energy
efficient lighting, low flow showerheads and the use of high
levels of insulation.
The lessons learned from building
Premier Inn Burgess Hill are being incorporated into all new-build
Premier Inn hotel developments across the country.
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