Minimising energy consumption
Sokos Hotels are constantly looking for new ways to decrease the environmental load. Energy and water consumption are regularly monitored. Unnecessary washing of towels has been decreased over the past few years, and waste has been sorted e.g. into organic and energy waste. Sorting waste paper, confidential material, glass, metal and hazardous waste has been a part of everyday operations for a long time already. Waste is sorted into approximately ten categories at Sokos Hotels. S Group's target is to send zero waste to landfills in 2016. In addition, new legislation prohibiting organic waste at landfills will take effect in 2016.
ATTENTION IS PAID TO FOOD LOSS
The recipes of all S Group restaurants located at Sokos Hotels and chain restaurants have been carefully prepared. This enables optimising purchasing to decrease the amount of food wasted. Careful planning, appropriately sized portion packages, the efficient handling of ingredients and successful estimation of consumption have enabled a significant decrease in food losses.
ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY PRODUCTS AT SOKOS HOTELS
Disposable plates and cups and individually packaged products are used as little as possible. If the use of disposable packaging cannot be avoided, environmentally friendly products are selected. Take-away packages are biodegradable, and eco-labelled products are preferred for Sokos Hotels' bathrooms. 99% of washing and cleaning agents used are odour-free. Environmental friendliness is an important criterion in all service and product selections. For instance, paper with the Nordic Ecolabel is preferred for both printed products and napkins.
S GROUP HOTELS WILL JOIN THE GREEN KEY PROGRAMME IN 2015
The global travel industry environmental programme Green Key was launched in Finland in 2015 and Sokotel Oy's hotels, belonging to S Group, are the first hotel operators that have joined the programme. The Green Key is an international eco-label which promotes sustainable travelling.
Hotels that have received the Green Key certificate commit to raising the environmental awareness of their staff and customers, making the use of energy and water consumption more efficient and reducing the environmental load of accommodation operations.
All the Sokos Hotels in the Helsinki metropolitan region and Tampere as well as all Finnish Radisson Blu Hotels have received Green Key certicates. In total, S Group will have 21 hotels with the Green Key certificate in Finland by summer 2015. The Original Sokos Viru hotel in Tallinn has had the Green Key certificate since 2002.
INCREASING THE EFFICIENCY OF ENERGY USE
All S Group hotels and restaurants (hotel restaurants and restaurant chains) are participating in the Finnish Hospitality Association's energy efficiency agreement, calling for an improvement in energy efficiency of 9 per cent by 2016. This objective is pursued during 2009–2016. The company commits itself to constantly improving its energy use and reporting annually, by the end of February, the amounts of energy used (such as electricity, heat and fuel), actions performed and energy savings achieved.
Every Sokos Hotel has its own environmental specialist and an environmental action plan, which is updated every year. The plan includes instructions for sorting waste and efficient energy use, among other things. The environmental specialist participates once a year in a working seminar for safety and responsibility matters, organised by SOK Risk Management and SOK Travel and Hospitality Industry Chain Management.
KEY FIGURES IN 2014
ENERGY CONSUMPTION AT SOKOS HOTELS
Electricity 81 GWh*
• data coverage 96%
Heat 77 GWh
• data coverage 92%
Water 0.59 million m3
• data coverage 94%
* GWh = gigawatt hours
WASTE AT SOKOS HOTELS
Amount of waste 3,727 tonnes
Reuse/recycling rate* 81%
Data coverage 94%
* Reuse/recycling rate (%) = 100 – volume of landfill waste / total volume of waste × 100