Why should hotels act sustainably?
As a company in the hotel industry, there is hardly a way around the issue of sustainability nowadays. Many people find it important to act in a resource-conserving and environmentally friendly manner, even when travelling. Aligning your hotel concept accordingly fulfils this requirement and, in the best-case scenario, allows you to benefit from an increase in guests, because hotels with a good reputation are usually visited repeatedly and recommended to others. But even apart from reputational advantages, eco-friendly measures are a must in the hotel industry. Ecological strategies conserve resources, thereby contributing to the preservation of the environment and saving costs at the same time. In this way, hotel operators optimise their cost-benefit ratio and increase the profitability of their business.
How can you make a hotel more sustainable?
A sensible and easy-to-implement way to make a hotel more sustainable is to save energy. This requires little effort and can already be achieved by using long-lasting and efficient LED lamps for the lighting. This reduces electricity consumption for lighting by up to 90 % on average. The long service life of the lamps also ensures that they need to be replaced less frequently. Installing motion detectors in corridors, storage rooms or sanitary facilities also saves energy, because they activate the lighting only when needed and when people are present. Also with regard to the often costly temperature regulation, there are some uncomplicated ways to increase sustainability, save resources and thus reduce the hotel's CO2 emissions. For example, to connect a timer to the ventilation system. By using electric thermostatic valves, hotel operators can also prevent heating with open windows, which consumes energy unnecessarily.
Sustainable hotel gastronomy - regional, seasonal, organic
A key factor in achieving greater sustainability is nutrition. Offering seasonal and regionally produced food eliminates long transport routes and unnecessary effort for refrigerating and storing food. In this way, you act in an environmentally friendly manner and support local suppliers at the same time. Regional and organic food is in trend - so this also boosts the image of the hotel. The same applies if you add vegetarian and vegan alternatives to your menu, which are significantly less resource-intensive to produce than dishes containing meat. Unused food or leftovers can be donated to charitable projects such as food banks. This prevents food waste and supports social services.
Sustainable hotel rooms
Guests spend most of their time at the hotel in their room. Consequently, this is a good starting point for saving resources and energy. Thermostats with presence detectors are a good way to reduce heating costs. They adjust the temperature of the heating and the air conditioning when your guests are not in the room. Glasses, cups and dishes made of reusable materials reduce the volume of waste, and care products in the shower that come from certified organic and sustainable trade also increase environmental friendliness. It is also recommended to offer guests the option to have towels and bed linen changed less frequently.
Sustainability in the hotel can be implemented in just a few steps. A stronger focus on environmental protection and resource conservation benefits not only the environment, but also the hotel business itself and, last but not least, the guests.