The Scandic hotel chain has been measuring water consumption at its hotels since 1996. Back then, each guest used 240 litres of water per day; now that figure is down to 209 litres. This is lower than is required for Scandic’s hotels to be approved under the Nordic Swan ecolabelling scheme.Stockholm, 6 September 2010
As part of World Water Week (http://www.worldwaterweek.org/about) in Stockholm on 5-11 September, Scandic is focusing even more closely on its water (http://www.scandichotels.com/en/settings/Side-foot/About-us-Container/Responsible-living/Environmental/At-the-hotel/Our-own-water/). In order to consume no more water than is necessary and to maintain water quality, Scandic has introduced the following:
– low-flush toilets
– energy-efficient shower heads
– wash basins with sensors
– efficient dishwashers and washing machines
– low dosing and ecolabelled products (http://www.scandichotels.com/settings/Side-foot/About-us-Container/Responsible-living/Environmental/At-the-hotel/Running-a-hotel/) for cleaning and washing up. Steam cleaning is used in many of our hotels.
Scandic has also replaced bottled water, which used to travel huge distances to our restaurants, with our own carbonated and filtered water, dispensed into bottles made from recycled glass.
“Water is one of the planet’s most precious resources, and we have to take responsibility for cutting wastage and for keeping our water clean,” comments Inger Mattsson, Manager Sustainable Business (http://www.scandichotels.com/settings/Side-foot/About-us-Container/Responsible-living/Environmental/At-the-hotel/Construction/) at Scandic. “We feel it’s important to give our guests a great experience without nature having to suffer.”
Scandic is one of the founders of the international Stockholm Water Prize (http://www.siwi.org/), which this year is being awarded to Dr Rita Colwell, professor at the University of Maryland and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the USA, for her research, which has led to a way of preventing the spread of cholera via water. This has the potential to save millions of lives.
Read more about Scandic’s environmental commitment (http://www.scandichotels.se/betterworld/report)
For more information, please contact:
Jessica Agert, Media Relations Manager, Scandic, tel: +46 709 735013
Inger Mattsson, Manager Sustainable Business, Scandic,
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