EEG (Energy Efficiency Group) has launched HEP (Hotel Energy and Sustainability Portal), an online portal which will help hospitality groups streamline their utilities analytics and align all their energy and sustainability management initiatives for enhanced carbon footprint reductions.

According to a press statement from EEG, some of the key operational challenges hotel groups face while coping with increasing utility costs in the face of trying improve their ecological footprint, include: the lack of centralised utilities’ visibility, analytics and intuitive reporting across properties, limited communication and cooperation between engineering departments, and a lack of sustained energy management and alignment across the board.

HEP has been developed after two decades of EEG’s experience working with the hospitality industry internationally, helping them reduce their utility expenses and ecological footprint.

EEG managing director Ronald Diab commented: "EEG has worked with more than 250 hotel properties across three continents in the last 20 years, helping them reduce their utility costs and their environmental impact by carrying out detailed energy audits and offering a range of energy services.

"Working closely with all departments has provided us with an unparalleled perspective on the potential problems and how we can help overcome them. HEP was conceived as a result of this, and we believe it is unique in the industry because it is built on a foundation of our technical expertise in energy auditing rather than the ‘sustainability/green certification’ angle which is so often the case."

Diab added: "HEP efficiently covers sustainability reporting, tracking and project management, but also provides hotel groups with an added dimension as it uses the massive amount of data to provide real insight, in addition to enhancing analytics capacities, efficiency management and total alignment."

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This SaaS (software as a service), accessible from any browser on any device, offers six key features: configurable dashboard – providing a property, region or group-wide views with all the needed KPIs giving a 360° visibility; advanced utilities analytics module - turning big data into easy charts and allowing in depth macro and granular/submetering utilities analytics as well as daily and monthly tracking. HEP has over 70 configurable charts covering all utilities and sustainability indicators; reports and alerts - providing access to a number of in depth pre-formatted reports and distributing them automatically to specific users. Sending automatic alerts notifications that are triggered by configurable thresholds across the days, months and year; knowledge base/technical library - providing a catalogue of efficiency and sustainability improvement actions across all the infrastructure and operations that grows with every hospitality group; projects management module - providing a clear tracking and management tool on every efficiency/sustainability action taken by every property; an internal forum - driving inter communication between all users on energy and utilities optimisation topics.

HEP includes complex tariff structures for every utility, endless sub-metering possibilities, ease of data upload through connectable sheets, a strong analytics engine to cope with big data and a 360° utilities management programme lifecycle.