IHG to partner with Water Footprint Network
IHG will partner with Water Footprint Network on Global Water Stewardship Programme
InterContinental Hotels Group, one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has appointed global water-use experts, Water Footprint Network, to develop a worldwide water stewardship programme for IHG.
As part of the programme, IHG and the Water Footprint Network will aim to understand IHG’s water usage at a local level, applying best practice techniques and behaviours to manage and reduce its water footprint. The partnership will then build on the progress IHG is making to reduce water consumption per occupied room in water-stressed areas.
“We are delighted to add the Water Footprint Network’s expertise to the great work we’re doing towards achieving our reduction targets around water consumption. IHG has a presence in nearly 100 countries, so ensuring we are good water stewards locally generates significant environmental and economic benefits for both IHG and the communities in which we operate,” commented Paul Snyder, vice president of corporate responsibility, Environmental Sustainability, IHG.
Ruth Mathews, executive director, Water Footprint Network, said: “We are looking forward to partnering with IHG to develop its global water stewardship programme. IHG’s global scale gives us an opportunity to make both a broad and positive impact, as well as to inspire the millions of people and guests that work and stay in IHG’s hotels.”
IHG helps its hotels to manage freshwater usage through the company’s online environmental sustainability tool, IHG Green Engage system. In addition to water, the system gives hotels the ability to track how much carbon, and energy they are using, as well as to assess how waste is managed.
IHG’s global estate of more than 4,900 hotels is enrolled, giving them access to more than 200 specific actions – or ‘Green Solutions’ – designed to reduce hotels’ environmental impact.
There are nearly 30 Green Solutions devoted solely to water. These include the ability to track consumption on a monthly basis, as well as guidance on more specific water-saving solutions such as metering, rainwater harvesting and installation of devices such as low-flow taps and showerheads. Such solutions helped IHG drive a 4.2% reduction in water use per occupied room in water-stressed areas to the end of 2014.