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RENEWABLE style ENERGY David Coyne, managing director of RES Inbuilt (sustainable design and renewable energy consultancy) divulges his ‘green’ advice for hotels of all sizes GREENER ON THE T PHOTOGRAPHY: Shutterstock DAVID COYNE David has spent more than 15 years within the renewable sector. He has experience of running his own renewable energy consulting firm. At RES Inbuilt, he works with organisations in the public and private sectors, to achieve their sustainability targets. 090 he hotel industry has not traditionally been associated with green and sustainable practices, however more recently, the sector is looking at ways to bolster its green credentials. Fortunately, there are several useful tips that hotels can follow to run more environmentally friendly and sustainable operations. Many hotel businesses struggle with high energy demand while balancing their overall consumption with the level of comfort control for guests. Factors that make the hotel industry unique from a green perspective include the continual use of energy from round-the-clock operations, variability of peak usage times and its range of uses within one building. This variety makes energy consumption more difficult to measure and control. In the hospitality industry, energy is consumed 24 hours a day (unlike in an office) so a tailored measurement and reduction system is needed. Energy use will fluctuate throughout a day, week and season, so hotels should use a mix of systems that can vary output to meet a hotel's changing needs. While it is difficult to provide guests with flexibility and luxury while still minimising the amount of energy used, it is possible to achieve a balance. Many hotels are both green and luxurious, and there are examples across the world where sustainability has been achieved through increasingly innovative means. For example, some hotels in Southeast Asia are carbon neutral and use bamboo – an extremely eco-friendly product – as a primary, and sustainable, building material. Here are a few strategies hoteliers can implement to ramp-up their green factor and achieve greater sustainability… 1 LOOK AT DESIGN AND OPERATIONAL USE True sustainability requires an holistic approach, taking into account all potential impacts that the hotel may have. This includes both design and its operations use as energy and cost savings can be achieved in both these areas. Our clients are often surprised how much of an impact specific areas within their business can have on energy consumption, or how much water use can impact on the overall energy bills. 2 EXECUTE A FULLY INTEGRATED APPROACH Knowing where best to start can be daunting. Rather than diving into many individual technologies, begin by looking at what may be the greatest benefit over the longer-term. Identify your business’ largest source of inefficiency – it could be electricity, heating or even the disposal of food waste. Once identified, devise a plan of attack on that area of inefficiency. In other words, deal with the big inefficiencies first before you tackle the small ones! THE HOTEL INSPECTOR 90-91 energy renewable FINAL.indd 90 9/1/13 12:28:27

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Hotel Inspector 2013

Alex's welcome
News bulletin
Statement pieces
Series round up
Gym & Spas
Fine dining
Kitchen matters
Energy efficiency
Food management
Cooking equipment
Technology upgrade
App integration
Renewable energy
The Hospitality Show
Hospitality Technology Expo
Business supplies
Hotel management
Global clients
The 10 best hotels
AA interview
Hotels of the future

The Hotel Inspector 2013