The Paddington Air Quality project has succeeded in what it set out to prove. That significant savings can be made by hotels if they make simple operational changes to reduce their carbon footprint.
Health problems associated with poor air quality are a significant issue facing Londoners today. Hotels are the third biggest polluters after cars and buildings. With this in mind PaddingtonNow BID developed a project in partnership with the Paddington based Considerate Group to create a pioneering project in terms of data monitoring and behavioural change in order to significantly target and reduce carbon emissions from hotels, of which we have 90 in the BID area.
We are pleased to announce that collectively, after a year-long project, the eight hotels that took part, successfully removed 161 tonnes of C02 from the air in Paddington, the equivalent of covering over half of Hyde Park in trees.
The hotels also collectively made savings of approximately £57,000 in utility bills year on year which we hope will act as incentive for other hotels to start making changes.
Most significantly however, this project helped push these businesses into the future, making huge strides in the right direction towards reducing their carbon footprint and in turn improving the health and quality of life for those that live, work and visit the area.
Considerate Group monitored each property to create a baseline which could be used to reduce and compare C02 emissions going forward. They then provided educational tools and assets, along with a behavioural change workshop to help drive responsible business practices. Each participating hotel was given bespoke recommendations based on their unique operations.
Simple changes such as putting lighting and heating on timers, providing an opt-out laundry service and improving recycling habits have proven to have a significant impact on reducing overheads and improving air quality.
We would like to thank the following hotels for taking part:
- Best Western Delmere Hotel
- Point A London Paddington
- Roseate House London
- Shaftesbury Metropolis London Hyde Park
- The Shakespeare Hotel
- St David’s Hotel
- Tudor Court Hotel
For more information about the project please go to: www.paddingtonnow.co.uk