Green Engage tool enables IHG to improve Carbon Disclosure Project score

October 26, 2011 // Franchising.com // Hotel owners and GMs will be able to learn more about IHG’s (InterContinental Hotels Group) online environmental tool Green Engage, and how it can save money and energy, at the 2011 IHG Americas Investors & Leadership Conference in Las Vegas this week.

Between 2009 and 2010, electricity and gas prices went up by nearly 10%. During this same period, IHG hotels decreased energy use overall by almost 9%, demonstrating that the Green Engage tool is helping hotels to minimise their exposure to rising energy costs.

The number of hotels using Green Engage is on the rise as owners and GMs discover how the tool can significantly impact their bottom line by using less energy.

“More than 1,300 hotels globally are now using Green Engage and we’ve seen a 21% increase in signups over the last few months as word gets around about the potential savings achieved with the tool, and we expect that momentum to build as more and more hotels come online with Green Engage,” says David Jerome, Senior Vice President of Corporate Responsibility.

Green Engage has also enabled IHG to significantly improve its scoring in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the leading annual carbon disclosure report for global businesses and evaluation tool for investors that aims to drive decision making.

With a carbon disclosure score of 76, IHG has also achieved for the first time the joint highest rating for Performance (B) for a hotel company.

Green Engage is enabling IHG to improve its CDP scores by having an effective environmental system in place that helps hotels to measure and reduce impacts.

As numbers of hotels participating in Green Engage continues to increase, the more accurate data IHG will be able to disclose through CDP in future, resulting in a higher ranking.

For more information on Green Engage, please visit www.ihgplc.com/greenengage.

Media Contacts:

Joanna Cheok, Global Communications Manager, IHG
joanna.cheok@ihg.com/ +44 1895 512 112

Notes to Editors:

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global company operating seven hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®. IHG also manages Priority Club® Rewards, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty programme with almost 60 million members worldwide.

IHG is the world’s largest hotel group by number of rooms and franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,400 hotels and more than 656,000 guest rooms in 100 countries and territories, and has more than 1,100 hotels in its development pipeline.

IHG expects to recruit around 160,000 people worldwide over the next few years and is committed to gender balance throughout its business. We aspire to continue retaining a minimum of 25% female representation on the Board.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales.

Visit www.ihg.com for hotel information and reservations and www.priorityclub.com for more on Priority Club Rewards. For our latest news, visit www.ihg.com/media, www.twitter.com/ihgplc or www.youtube.com/ihgplc.

 

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