Beijing, 5 March 2014-Demonstrating its commitment to protect the environment and mitigate climate change, a leading luxury hotelChina World Hotel, Beijing announces its participation in Worldwide Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) global climate change initiative Earth Hour for the sixth consecutive year.
Believing that traffic congestion and environmental pollution are two pressing issues that currently need to be solved, China World Hotel, Beijing emphasise that every company should do its best to contribute to its community and protect Mother Nature.
The Press Conference of “The Blue Sky”
On 4 March 2014, China World Hotel, Beijing participated in the WWF’s press conference of “The Blue Sky” . The programme is aimed to solicit the public for creative ideas or effective actions of urban air pollution and the heavy smog solutions, and then bring back the blue sky to the city. Topics for proposals must support the idea of energy conservation, clean energy, green transportation, sewage control, joint prevention, ecological protection and urban planning.
In the press conference, Resident Manager of China World Hotel, Felix Chua shared the hotel’s effort in building a green office and environment. Hotel colleague Chen Guoqiang won the Award of Excellence issued by WWF for his proposal of “Homemade air filter--cost efficient exploration for family to deal with polluted air.”
The press conference showcased the green meeting concept in every detail, such as using a water container instead of bottled water, canned mints instead of individually packaged ones, paperless digital presentation and pencils made of recycled newspaper and many more…The meeting’s highlight was a pedal powered juicer. The hotel’s talented chefs connected the juicer with bicycle pedals and made delicious mango smoothies for the guests.
When Green Meets Gourmet
Pastry chefs from The Sweet Spot at China World Hotel, Beijing designed three kinds of Earth Hour themed cupcakes. The delectable cakes were presented to the public for the first time at the press conference. On 29 March 2014, three Sweet Spot shops at China World Hotel, Beijing will sell Earth Hour cupcakes to the public at RMB 10 to raise money for the “Beijing Yanqing Wild Duck Lake Wetland Park” environment protection project. The park is the only wetland bird’s nature reserve in Beijing.
Bicycle Riding and Low-carbon Transportation
On 29 March 2014, hotel guests will see a line of Gammax bicycles laid in front of the hotel entrance. China World Hotel has initiated the “Green transportation” concept by encouraging guests to choose an ecological transportation for short-distance travels, that is, using a bicycle instead of a taxi, on Earth Hour day. The hotel’s management team will also join the Green Bicycle event organised by WWF at 798 Art Factory.
Green Meeting Initiative
On 23 March 2014, between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m., the lights at China World Hotel, Beijing will be turned off in most back-of-the-house areas, while the lights in public areas, restaurants and hotel exteriors will be dimmed. Guests will be encouraged to participate by turning off the lights in their guestrooms and join a complimentary Earth Hour green cocktail at Aria Bar and the Lobby Lounge. To honour the occasion, the hotel will host a green dinner by candlelight at Aria restaurant in support of Earth Hour.
Boston University also shows greatsupport to Earth Hour. The meeting organiser would like to turn off the lights during Earth Hour and use candles for dinner. China World Hotel granted Boston University a special certificate as “Environmental Contribution Model” to show the hotel’s gratitude.
Numbers Tell It All
Participating in Earth Hour is only one small part of China World Hotel, Beijing’s environmental protection efforts. The hotel has implemented green programmes to identify ways to reduce wastage, eradicate practices that damage the environment and generally promote environmental awareness. Examples of these practices include using energy-saving light bulbs and biodegradable cleaning materials, water restrictors, and sewage treatment facilities to prevent water pollution.
From 2008 to 2013, China World Hotel, Beijing has invested more than RMB 5 million on the upgrade system of its air conditioning and refrigeration units. In 2013, the hotel invested RMB 260,000 on the renovation of “Compressed Air System in the ice storage installation”. The device can transfer some of the peak electricity workload to the evening, allowing the hotel to take advantage of the extra power at night and use the system to help achieve its energy conservation goal. The renovation alone can reduce carbon emission by 24.29 tons per year and save annual electricity power up to 240,807 kilowatt hours (kwh).
In 2014, China World Hotel, Beijing won the honorary certification “2013 Outstanding Enterprise in Energy Audit” awarded by the Beijing Municipal Development and Reform Commission, Beijing Municipal Finance Bureau.
China World Hotel, Beijing soars over the China World Trade Center complex, including the China World Exhibition Center and shopping mall, in the heart of the city’s diplomatic and business district. Hailed as one of the first three hotels in mainland China to be awarded a Platinum Five Star rating by the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA), China World Hotel, Beijing has been named one of the world’s best hotels by both Condé Nast Traveller and Travel + Leisure magazines. China World Hotel, Beijing was also voted “Best Hotel in Beijing” by Euromoney, Frommer’s Guide and Finance Asia; “Best Business Hotel in Beijing” by Business Traveller China and Asia Pacific, TTG Asia, The Asset and Asian Legal Business; ranked one of the “Top Ten Business Hotels in China – Golden Pillow Award” by 21st Century Business Herald; and named one of “The Top 50 Hotels in China” by Forbes and Travel + Leisure China.
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts remains committed to operating in an economically, socially and environmentally responsible manner while balancing the interests of diverse stakeholders. In striving to be a leader in corporate citizenship and sustainable development, a corporate-level CSR Committee drives the company’s initiatives in the strategic areas of stakeholder relations, environment, health and safety, supply chain and employees. Under the umbrella of sustainability, Shangri-La’s social responsibility programme consists of the two elements of “embrace” and “sanctuary.” Embrace focuses on Shangri-La’s Care for People Project, which aims to promote the highest level of education and health support in underprivileged communities. In sanctuary, the programme concentrates on Shangri-La’s Care for Nature Project, which promotes the conservation and restoration of biodiversity. For more information, please access the CSR section on www.shangri-la.com.
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PRESS CONTACT: Cindy Feng
Director of Communications
China World Hotel, Beijing
Tel: (86 10) 6505 2266 extension 6540
Fax: (86 10) 6505 3163
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