Expanding our horizons and exploring the world is an essential part of helping the global economy flourish – sharing wealth and opportunity across the globe. However, alongside the positives we must employ responsible manangement and thoughtful initiatives that are mindful of any adverse impact international travel can have on the environment.
APH is committed to minimising the effects of our operations, while also working with companies and organisations that strive to do the same. This is why we’re proud supporters of Green Tourism and its Green Hotels Awards.
Read on to find out more about the Green Tourism awards and how you can choose hotels sympathetic to the environment.
What is Green Hotels?
Inside the Radisson Blu Edwardian at Heathrow – which has a Gold award from Green Tourism
Green Hotels is a scheme overseen by Green Tourism – the Government-recognised not-for-profit organisation that grades businesses on their green credentials. If you’re looking to stay in a hotel that shares your desire to respect the environment, finding a venue with a Green Tourism Award is a great start.
Why choose a green hotel?
Booking accommodation in a hotel with a Green Tourism certificate means you’re choosing a business that’s working positively toward being sustainable.
Bronze, Silver and Gold grades are awarded by Green Tourism; here is what each level relates to…
Bronze – Committed / Good: Typically has some ethical or green purchasing such as fair trade coffee and some local sourcing, has low energy lighting in most areas has good general recycling systems and promotes either local public transport or activities to do without the car such as walking and cycling. A green co-ordinator is working to reduce impacts in all key areas.
Silver – Progressive / Excellent: The business shares its values in going green to both staff and customers. With significant use of recycled products as well as recycling to close the loop. The business sources from ethical and local sources extensively and is working to green its whole supply chain. Energy and water efficiency are key issues with evidence of heating and lighting changes to be more efficient. Showers and taps are effective but not wasteful. Monitoring of resource use such as energy water and waste is helping to deliver significant changes.
Gold – Inspirational / Outstanding: The highest standards of sustainability are being achieved with a strong and broad ethos and excellent examples throughout. The latest technologies will be employed from LED lighting through to efficient boilers and even renewable technologies. The business has efficient control of resource use and can demonstrate effective monitoring with targets for savings. Green procurement will include sustainable fish/meat sources, a range of ethical products and working with local suppliers to provide fresh, local and even organic items. Changes in working practices are leading to significant benefits to the business, community and supply chain.