Marriott International has launched a number of energy-saving initiatives in Europe to reduce carbon dioxide emissions versus annual targets by an additional 7% over the next three years. The company has a global goal of reducing energy and water consumption 20% by 2020.
In partnership with Siemens, Marriott is implementing an energy-optimization launching in a first phase of 20 hotels in Europe. Marriott and Siemens will audit energy usage and optimize building-management systems to monitor energy consumption. Additionally, hotel associates will be able to track energy use in real time. Following a trial at the Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Marriott Hotel, the program is expected to cut CO2 emissions 10% to 15% per property and initiative.
A second initiative being tested is a program by KiWi Power designed to make smart, temporary reductions in energy consumption during times of peak demand without impacting guest comfort. The program is being tried at Marriott hotels in London.
The third initiative will expand Marriott’s combined heat and power and voltage optimization program in Europe to include an additional 20 properties. The estimated annual CO2 reduction will be equivalent to taking 6,000 family cars off the road each year.
Marriott also has launched an online news center, EuropeSERVE.com, to keep hotel associates up to date about sustainability goals and community engagement initiatives, as well as provide a platform for sharing accomplishments and best practices.