Nobody likes to be left in the dark, but sometimes, it can be good! Really? Yes, if it’s done for a good cause. As you probably noticed, on March 25th, millions of people and businesses around the world turned off the lights in their homes and workplaces for an hour. But why, you ask? It’s all in support of Earth Hour, the world’s largest demonstration for action on climate change, held annually since 2007.
Here’s a video by WWF that commemorates Ten Years of Impact:
NH Hotel Group took part of the campaign by switching off the façade lights of nearly 400 hotels in different countries. In addition, hotels also turned off the lights in some of its interior spaces:
NH Collection Porto Batalha, in Portugal.
NH Frankfurt Airport West, in Germany
NH Collection Amsterdam Barbizon Palace, in The Netherlands
NH Curitiba The Five, in Brazil
NH Collection Brussels Centre, in Brussels
NH Hotel Group has taken part in Earth Hour for 9 years running, playing an active role in raising awareness of the need to protect the environment, and encouraging guests to do the same.
The company’s commitment to Earth Hour is one of the many ways it shows its dedication to sustainable development. For example, did you know that NH Hotel Group is the first global hotel chain to obtain the ISO 50001 certification? This standard is awarded to organizations who are able to demonstrate their continual improvement in their energy use, energy costs, and greenhouse gas emissions. Further certifications held by NH Hotel Group’s hotels, 130 to be precise, are certified by standards such as BREEAM, LEED, with Green Key or Hoteles+Verdes. For more information click here.
It is also the world’s only hotel brand with a Hotel Ecoefficient Guide, a manual that is applied in the conception, design, construction and renovations of its hotels, and that includes the necessary steps and practices that promote water and energy saving.
Another area in which NH Hotel Group has challenged itself in order to develop eco-efficient solutions is the reduction of carbon footprint produced by guests and how to minimize them. Since 2008, the emission of CO2 has been reduced by over 70%! To see a snapshot of results from 2016, click here.
Still looking towards the future, since 2010 NH Hotel Group has implemented an additional solution to fight against climate change: electric car charging stations, electric motorcycles rental service at 41 of its hotels and a Green mobility launch, and sharing services which reduces an average of 9.25 tons of CO2 per year.
But this isn’t everything! NH Hotel Group takes pride in providing guests with eco-compatible amenities that respect the environment and consume fewer resources, and least but not last, that satisfy their needs.
If you want to access more information on Earth Hour and on how to participate in upcoming years, get the details over on Earth Hour’s official website. While we’re at it, here are a few numbers that give a global overview of this year’s activity.