Mini Series: Hotels' environmental efforts

Episode N°4: Small and simple actions

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SEPTEMBER 27, 2022

In this episode, we will discuss several small and simple actions that hotels are taking to improve their energy and environmental footprint.

A more responsible diet

Following the EGalim law1certain products such as plastic straws are prohibited. Since the 1st January 2022, collective catering is subject to an obligation to offer 50% of sustainable products, including at least 20% of organic products. Although this trend is not mandatory in commercial catering, many customers are turning to establishments that also offer organic and local food. Many ecological labels such as the Clef Verte2 encourage the use of more responsible food purchases.

Low energy lighting

Lighting has undergone many technological advances over the past 25 years. Among them, the emergence of low-energy light bulbs has allowed hotels to considerably reduce their bills, but more recently, the use of LEDs has become the norm. Manufacturers insist on energy savings3 (up to 80%) as well as the variety of products offered (spotlights, ribbons, etc.), making it possible to adapt the lighting to the atmosphere desired by the hotelier. This is an essential lever for improving the energy performance of hotels, but naturally requires substantial renovation work.

Devices to reduce water consumption

Water is a major expense in hotels, with expenses multiplied by a factor varying from 2 to 5 compared to a conventional home4. It is therefore essential to implement a series of measures to reduce water consumption. While some of these measures require investment (changing flush toilets, washing machines, installing water saving devices on taps, etc.), others are much simpler to implement, such as ensuring that the swimming pool is properly managed, or using rainwater harvesters to irrigate the gardens5.