Independent environmental charity, Keep Britain Tidy has presented its first international Green Key to two top London hotels - Sheraton Skyline and Le Meridien Piccadilly.
Green Key is the leading standard of excellence for environmental responsibility and sustainable operation in the tourism sector. Sheraton Skyline and Le Meridien Piccadilly now join 2,550 Green Key establishments across 55 countries.
Keep Britain Tidy's Chief Executive, Allison Ogden-Newton, said, 'We are delighted to be presenting our first Green Key awards to two such deserving recipients. When you choose to stay in a Green Key accredited hotel, you know that you are reducing your environmental footprint by staying in an establishment that makes more sustainable choices.'
During the rigorous judging, each hotel is assessed against criteria including staff involvement, guest information and sustainable management of energy, waste, water, cleaning and food and drinks. Through making greener choices each establishment is able to significantly reduce their environmental impact, reducing the consumption of energy and water and improve their guests' experience.
Thierry Henrot, General Manager at Sheraton Skyline, said, 'It is such an honour to receive this prestigious award and we, at the Sheraton Skyline Hotel, are very proud to have been recognised and awarded with Green Key for this year.
'We are very committed to providing the most environmental friendly and sustainable establishment for our guests and we are very passionate in training and educating our employees to maintain our sustainable practices throughout the hotel. It is our goal to ensure that our guests are happy and their needs are met through our environmental practices and the values we strive to achieve.'
Eveline Noort, General Manager at Le Meridien, said, 'We are really proud to receive the Green Key label for the fifth consecutive year. Le Méridien Piccadilly Hotel is committed to preserving the environment and playing an active role in Keeping Britain Tidy.
'Since February 2012, Le Méridien Piccadilly Hotel set up its own Green Team made up of hotel associates whose aim is to develop, implement and oversee numerous sustainable initiatives.
'The results of our efforts and determination were recognised in November 2012 by becoming the first hotel in the UK to receive the Green Key Award, a step-by-step environmental management programme specifically designed for the hospitality industry.
'Thanks to the hotel's Guests and Associates efforts, Le Méridien Piccadilly is continuously achieving significant environmental achievements.'
The charity manages a number of international environmental award schemes including Green Flag Award for parks and green spaces, Blue Flag for beaches and Eco-Schools. Taking on the management of this international award for the hospitality sector in England - The Green Key award - is a fitting addition to the charity's work. Working with hotels helps it achieve the charity's three aims of eliminating litter, improving local places and preventing waste.
(pictured L to R: Mohamed Rahemanji - Chief Engineer, Sheraton Skyline), Paul Todd - Accreditations Manager, Keep Britain Tidy, Lynsey Atherton - Green Key National Operator, Keep Britain Tidy, Thierry Henrot - General Manager, Sheraton Skyline)