Following an extensive systems assessment, Plaza
Athénée Bangkok, a Royal Méridien Hotel, has successfully
completed the final stage of ISO 20121 certification, making it
one of the very first ISO 20121 accredited hotels in the world.
ISO 20121 certified the hotel for
Sustainability Event Management System for the planning and
delivery of sustainable meetings.
The comprehensive system audits covered every
aspect of the hotels operations and was independently conducted
by SGS (Thailand) Limited, one of the worlds leading inspection,
verification, testing and certification companies.
very pleased to have successfully implemented ISO 20121 standards
because we believe that economic growth and the wellbeing of
society are inextricably tied to the health of the environment,
said Ms. ChooLeng Goh, General Manager of the Plaza Athénée
Bangkok, a Royal Méridien Hotel. This demonstrates how we embrace
our responsibility for environmental, social and economic
stewardship and are committed to integrating these practices and
sustainability principles into our core business strategy.
ISO 20121 is a sustainability event management system designed
to help event organizers improve the sustainability of their
activities while creating a more sustainable environment, economic
and social. Since the hotel began implementing its green
initiatives in Q1 2012, ISO 20121 was the next logical step given
the large number of events that are held in the hotel each year.
As an individual hotel and as part of Starwood Hotels and
Resorts, ISO 20121 certification complements Starwoods global focus on
reducing energy use by 30% and water consumption by 20% by 2020.
The hotels green management efforts in 2013 have been
yielding encouraging results. As of July, consumption of electricity had been cut by 9.4%, water by 5.03%, and paper by
4.9% year-on-year. Carbon footprint profiling revealed a 47.05%
reduction in printer ink consumption and a 25.0% reduction in
plastic bottle use.
To achieve ISO
20121, the hotel had to show that it has considered all economic,
social and environmental issues relevant to its operations. The
mission includes helping Thai suppliers by buying local products
and showing others how to be sustainable.
Sustainability Event Management System Plan specific to the
hotels MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, Exhibitions)
business invites customers to contribute to environment, economic
and social sustainability while still enjoying successful events
and delightful experiences. Features of the hotels Green Meeting
Package include tables and chairs without linen, setting up
stationery and water stations for consumption as-needed, air
conditioning set at an ambient temperature of 25 degrees Celsius,
avoiding unnecessary paper presentations and eco-friendly coffee
and lunch breaks.
The critical environment issues of
air pollution, climate change and deforestation are increasing, it
is crucial for us to work together to improve the environment of
our planet and create a sustainable world for next generations,
said ChooLeng Goh.