Beijing, 21 March 2014 – Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing announces its participation in Earth Hour, a global event organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), for the sixth consecutive year.
Between 8 and 10 p.m. on 29 March 2014, Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing will stop the turnstiles and escalators, and dim or turn off the lights in public areas, restaurants, bars, shops, guestroom corridors, back-of-house areas, staff activity areas and on the hotel façade. In addition, the bed sheets and towels in guestrooms will not be changed unless requested by guests. Diners are encouraged to use warm towels or fabric napkins, instead of tissue napkins to reduce paper consumption in an effort to contribute to environmental protection.
To encourage room guests to participate in the event, the Lobby Lounge and Cloud Nine Bar on the first floor of the hotel will have a Happy Hour Earth Week. Between 6 and 10 p.m. from 23 to 29 March 2014, guests who visit the Lobby Lounge or Cloud Nine Bar will be able to enjoy a free Earth Hour-themed cocktail, courtesy of the hotel.
“At Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing, environmental protection, energy conservation and the reduction of waste emissions are integral components of our corporate social responsibilities. We hope that our involvement in this event will enhance our staff and guest awareness of the need to protect our environment for future generations,” said Christopher Chia, the general manager of Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing/ Vice President of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts.
Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing is committed to implementing hotel-wide measures to mitigate climate change, highlighted during Earth Hour, but practised across daily operations. The first hotel in mainland China to receive ISO 14001 certification for environmental protection, Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing has a well-established “Green Plan.” Staff are encouraged to participate in a wide range of activities designed to build their knowledge on environmental protection and various eco-friendly measures have been implemented across the property. These include the installation of energy-saving light bulbs and LED lighting, the use of water-saving devices and various recycling programmes. The hotel achieves significant savings on energy consumption through these measures.
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts remains committed to operating in an economically, socially and environmentally responsible manner whilst 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. These focus areas are unified under the umbrella brand of “Sustainability”, together with Shangri-La’s core CSR projects “Embrace” and “Sanctuary”. Hotel-level Embrace programmes focus on Shangri-La’s Caring People Project, which aims to promote the highest level of education and health support in underprivileged communities. Sanctuary programmes concentrate on Shangri-La’s Care for Nature Project, which promotes the conservation and restoration of biodiversity. For more information, please visit the group’s CSR section on www.shangri-la.com