The FINANCIAL — Most of the leading hotels in Georgia have reduced energy consumption, mostly use of electricity.
As hotel representatives say, they don’t use solar energy yet, but they are actively promoting linen and towel re-use programmes helping to reduce energy use.
“Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel has significantly reduced energy consumption in order to make the hotel more green,” Atakan Turhan, General Manager of the Hotel, told us.
“We have improved a lot, saving energy since the opening of the hotel. Our building has an automation system. Now we have an intelligent building. We have decreased energy consumption by 40% with better management and optimization. This environmental protection system is one of the focuses of our hotel chain. We have to report the consumption of utilities to our head office every month and we have to come up with different resource-saving activities,” Turhan said.
“We have to make sure that we are consuming less and less energy and are improving our efficiency. We spend a great deal of time on this issue. Return on investment is evident in our saving money and also using less energy resources. It’s good for the environment around us, it’s good for the resources of the country and thus we spend a lot of time on this issue. It’s called being a responsible business that is a part of the responsible business programme that the Rezidor Hotel Group has,” Turhan said.
The Marriott Hotels in Georgia have reduced energy consumption by about 8-12%. As its officials note, the Hotel doesn’t use solar energy for heating yet but they actively participate in linen and towel re-use programmes.
“In each guest room there are special notes that inform guests what procedures they should follow in the case that they are willing to help us reduce energy consumption. We have special motion detectors at our hotel and water savers,” said Elene Baratashvili, PR and Marketing Coordinator at the Marriott Hotels.
Another 5 star hotel, the Sheraton Metekhi Palace Hotel, has calculated the savings it has made since a policy of energy efficiency was introduced:
“Electricity savings – 678,989 kw/h, equal to the usage of 71 5-person families for a period of 12 months, or 28 kindergartens with 50 children for a period of 12 months; Natural gas savings – 46,364 m3, equal to the usage of 26 5-person families for a period of 12 months; Water savings – 19,417 m3, equal to the usage of 231 5-person families over a period of 12 months, or 720 kindergartens with 50 children for a period of 12 months,” said Nino Isakadze Complex Sales & Marketing Administrative Manager of the Sheraton Metekhi Palace Hotel.
“Our hotel has been separating and recycling its waste since 2010. We don’t use solar energy at the moment. We have a linen change programme and we have green notes for the guests to avoid energy wastage. Our hotel doesn’t have automatic taps and electricity, but Sheraton Metechi Palace started full renovation and is planning to have low flow taps, oxygen shower heads and LED light bulbs, as well as a special key system for electricity in the rooms,” Isakadze noted.
According to the Marriott Hotels’ representatives, they use energy-efficient light bulbs and environmentally responsible cleaners.
“Green Hotels are environmentally-friendly properties whose managers are eager to institute programmes that save water, save energy and reduce solid waste while saving money to help protect our one and only earth,” said the Green Hotels Association.
According to the Green Hotels Association, being green means guests, staff and management are healthier. There’s just no doubt that when odours, fumes, soot, droplets and residues of toxic, poisonous chemicals are not in the air, on our food or on anything we touch, we are not absorbing or breathing them. Sooner or later all properties will be sold, and any green property will demand a higher price because its value is much enhanced by lower utility bills per square foot, its healthier aspects and owner care.