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11/09/2013 Hotel and Location

NH Hotels exceeds the environmental sustainability objectives set by the European Union

Energy savings of 25%, water usage down by 30%, carbon emissions slashed by 44%  and a waste generation reduction of 34%: these are the results obtained by the NH Hotels chain which not only reached the environmental sustainability objectives set by the EU’s 20-20-20 plan but actually exceeded them by as much as 20%.  In fact, since its launch, the Company has earmarked over €4 million to financing environmental initiatives of which 60% has gone to making its hotels more efficient. 

“The objectives laid down in our plan of 2008 were very ambitious. Not only have we achieved them all today, but are so well ahead of schedule, thus making NH Hoteles the sustainability benchmark in the tourism sector”, commented  José Maria Basterrechea, Managing Director  of NH Italia. “Our business model combines attention to the environment with the requirements of the market and our clientele”.

For more than 10 years, the hotel chain has adopted sustainability initiatives including, for example, the Relamping Project, i.e. substituting conventional light bulbs with energy saving ones and the rollout of LED technology, resulting in a savings of 50%, or the installation of water saving devices which reduced waste by 35%.  But, above all, it focused on the ongoing training of its personnel in this field, the real driving force behind the change. Additionally, it also worked on involving suppliers in its campaign. 

NH Hotels has also introduced the "Ecomeeting" formula for the organization of sustainable meetings and events, as well as pioneering initiatives such as its "Cork2Cork" project for the reuse of bottle corks (around two million per year).

In addition to achieving green certification for all of its existing hotels (the nhow Milano, for example, is the only hotel in Italy to have achieved ISO 50001 certification, the most important international Energy Management Systems standard) and designing new sustainable and bioclimatic facilities, the NH Hoteles has launched the new “20+15 challenge, which aims at a further 15% reduction of energy and water consumption and CO2 emissions by 2015.

These are the NH Hotels listed in the Italianvenue directory, featuring all the related information and services offered:

- NH Milanofiori, Assago (MI)

- Nhow Milano, Milan

- NH Milano 2, Segrate (MI)

- NH President, Milan

- NH Leonardo da Vinci, Rome

- NH Midas, Rome

- NH Villa Carpegna, Rome

- NH Vittorio Veneto, Rome

- NH Firenze, Florence

- NH Lingotto, Turin

- NH Lingotto Tech, Turin

- NH Santo Stefano, Turin

- Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa, Ragusa

- NH Laguna Palace, Venice

- NH Marina, Genoa

 


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