Rezidor launches water sustainability initiative

28 March 2014

Representatives from Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and luxury bathroom company GROHE have taken part in a workshop to examine how water is used in the hotel industry.

Bringing together for the first time partners from hospitality, sanitary fittings, technical systems, architecture and building design, the workshop at GROHE's headquarters in Düsseldorf, Germany, looked at the challenges of water sustainability, current and future technology solutions and how to enrich the guest experience while minimising the water footprint of products and services.

Discussions focused on three main areas: design for sustainability in new builds, retrofitting to optimise existing property, and changing behaviour and consumer expectations.

"There are numerous new technologies which contribute to sustainability and by engaging in this cross-industry exchange we can learn best practice from each other," said Michael Rauterkus, GROHE CSO EMEA and Americas.

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and its partners will create an interconnecting Water Task Force to investigate how to maximise water sustainability in selected hotels by looking at room and building design, bathroom fixtures, kitchen, pumps and system maintenance.

The group will also work with other partners to define an ideal vision of water sustainability in hotels, drawing on all expertise to define together a best practice for water in hospitality.

"We want to be recognised as the most innovative and responsible hotel company," said Olivier Harnisch, chief operating officer of the Rezidor Hotel Group. "This Water Workshop brings together the best minds in business to innovate the top solutions in water sustainability.

"We look forward to working together with our partners to deliver the finest guest experience in the most responsible manner. The Water Workshop will continue to evolve with more influential partners and stakeholders coming on-board to join our shared vision of saving water in hospitality."

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