InterContinental Hotels Group plans to roll out its online environmental sustainability tool, which helps hotels manage energy, carbon, water and waste, across the company’s 4,700 global properties by Jan. 1, 2015.
IHG Green Engage allows hotels to see how much they are spending and saving and to feed data directly to IHG’s corporate clients as part of the request for proposal process.
The IHG Green Engage system comprises more than 200 specific actions — “green solutions” — designed to reduce hotels’ environmental impact. It has helped IHG’s managed hotels avoid $73 million in energy costs alone in 2013.
IHG says it will help hotels not currently registered to sign up and reach IHG Green Engage Level 1 certification by the end of next year. This will include satisfying 10 green solutions such as the training of colleagues, tracking utility data, managing the use of non-essential lighting and implementing best practice in areas such as housekeeping and laundry.
In July IHG set a goal to reduce water use in water-stressed areas by 12 percent globally by 2017, compared to a 2012 baseline.