MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL has launched a number of strategic energy saving initiatives in Europe to reduce carbon dioxide or C02 emissions versus annual targets by an additional 7% over the next three years.
Initially launching in 20 sites, Marriott has teamed up with Siemens to carry out an audit of energy usage and will optimise its building management systems to monitor energy consumption, tracking use in real-time via Green Building Monitors. A trial has already been carried out at the Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Marriott Hotel.
A second initiative being trialed by Marriott is a cutting-edge programme by KiWi Power designed to make smart, temporary reductions in energy consumption during times of peak demand on the National Grid. The demand response solution will enable hotels to temporarily reduce their non-essential services, such as cooling and air handling, during times when the electricity grid is highly congested. Most importantly, this can be achieved without impacting guest comfort levels.
The programme, which is being trialed in 4 Marriott hotels in London, has the potential to generate new risk-free revenue streams, provide hotel managers with greater insight into energy usage and actively contribute to Marriott’s sustainability goals. Marriott is the first international hotel group to adopt KiWi Power’s demand response programme in the U.K.
The third initiative will expand Marriott’s combined heat and power and voltage optimisation programme in Europe to include an additional 20 properties. The estimated annual C02 reduction will be equivalent to taking 6,000 family cars off the road each year.
“These initiatives represent a strategic and determined effort to reduce our energy consumption across Europe,” said Reiner Sachau, Chief Operations Officer for Marriott International in Europe. “Many of these programmes are cutting edge and we are delighted to be championing them together with our industry-leading partners.”