Hotel chain learns environmental lessons

Accor consumes same energy as 386,000-inhabitant European city

Hotel giant Accor recently decided to assess its environmental impact, conducting a study measuring greenhouse-gas emissions to encompass energy and water consumption, water pollution and waste generation. The main lessons from the environmental footprint assessment were: carbon and energy (Accor consumes roughly 18 billion kW/h of energy, in other words as much as a 386,000-inhabitant European city); water consumption and pollution (the group’s main impact on water comes, surprisingly, from the food guests eat – food production accounts for about 86% of water usage); and waste (the bulk of the waste the group generates in comes not from running hotels but from building and revamping them).
Accor CEO Denis Hennequin: “4,200 hotels in 90 countries, 145,000 employees, 56 million breakfasts a year and almost 545 million litres of water a year… All add up to the environmental impact that we are now in a position to quantify, share openly and ultimately use to home in on.”
[pictured: MGallery hotel spa; courtesy Accor]