The Savoy adopts carbon reduction strategy to combat climate change and reduces energy consumption by 40%.
The Savoy, one of the world's most iconic hotels, prides itself on its reputation for 'Firsts'. It was the first hotel to generate its own electricity supply, to install electric lifts, supply constant hot and cold running water and air conditioning. Continuing this tradition, The Savoy is leading the way by showing its commitment to combating climate change through investing in a carbon reduction strategy, as part of the £100 million restoration project it is currently undergoing, to become the most environmentally responsible luxury hotel in London.
Energy management company, Evolve Energy, has been brought on board by The Savoy, during its 16 month closure, to implement a carbon emissions reduction system. This strategy is a reflection of Fairmont's leading global position on the environment. Evolve Energy's “green” strategy will mean:
The Savoy will reduce its electricity consumption – the greatest source of its carbon emissions – by approximately 50%, and total energy consumption by up to 40%
In the long-term, emissions will be permanently reduced by 3,000 tonnes of CO2 a year, the equivalent of removing 850 vehicles from London's roads
Energy savings devices will include the replacement of old boilers and heat transfer equipment with ultra high efficiency hot water and heat recovery systems, low energy air conditioning, intelligent building controls, smart metering and 24 hour monitoring and targeting of energy use at the hotel
All rooms and suites will be fitted with useful energy saving equipment, including smart guestroom controls Public areas, including the new Beaufort Bar and Savoy Tea Shop, will also incorporate the carbon reduction strategy. Evolve Energy is committed to reducing the environmental impact of energy usage and has a proven track record in providing world class technologies to a range of businesses. Chief Operating Officer at Evolve Energy, Tim Schneider, said: “We are delighted to be working with The Savoy. Its decision to adopt this strategy reinforces our view that it is not just new buildings that can be green. The majority of carbon cuts that businesses make come from energy efficiency measures. As energy prices keep rising, and the credit crunch bites harder, businesses should see investments in environmental measures not as a cost but as a saving.”
Kiaran McDonald, General Manager of The Savoy added: “When we open the doors to the restored Savoy in 2009, guests will notice the difference in our upgraded public areas, river view suites and restaurants. What they will not immediately notice is the amount of work that has been invested in upgrading the physical plant of the hotel. When we closed our doors we set an ambitious target for ourselves: to reduce our energy consumption by up to 40%, and become the most environmentally responsible luxury hotel in London. This stance is a reflection of the leading position taken by Fairmont on an International level.
We chose Evolve Energy to help us achieve our goals based on their proven reputation for excellence in the areas of energy efficiency, carbon savings and project management. Most importantly, we were looking for a partner that understood that we had the potential to not only improve our environmental performance, but offer a more luxurious experience to our guests as a result. The wonderful outcome of this partnership is that when we reopen with a modernized, energy efficient hotel, we will have a reduced carbon footprint and an enhanced service offering that will be utterly seamless to our guests. We are delighted to have found a partner in Evolve Energy that has been able to deliver on both fronts.”
About Evolve Energy:
Evolve Energy is the largest independent energy management company in the UK. It develops and implements integrated energy management solutions to help companies reduce their energy costs, usage and carbon emissions.
Evolve Energy offers an 'energy engineering' service, which sees it re-fit premises with monitoring equipment and energy efficient products, and manage the energy systems thereafter.
The Savoy chose Evolve Energy due to its proven experience in delivering cost effective and intelligent energy efficiency solutions across a full range of buildings and business sectors.
Evolve Energy works with a diverse range of businesses and buildings from the Natural History Museum and the Palace of Westminster, right through to modern retail and leisure outlets such as Tesco and Centerparcs. In each case, Evolve Energy has helped businesses cut their energy bills by up to 40% through a series of technical measures.
Evolve Energy believes that energy saving projects have measurable results and excellent bottom line benefits. Their results prove they deliver.
Evolve Energy was recently awarded with the Carbon Trust's seal of approval for energy efficiency accreditation for its achievements in reducing energy use by leading organisations in industry, commerce and the public sector.
Evolve Energy took top honours at this year's Building Controls and Industry Awards and was nominated as finalist in three out of seven other possible categories.
For more information about Evolve Energy, please visit www.evolveenergy.com
About The Savoy:
The Savoy closed on December 15th 2007 to undergo a £100 million restoration project and is due to reopen in May 2009. The restoration project will cover all rooms and suites, corridors and public areas including the courtyard, lobby and Thames Foyer. Guests will be able to experience a modern glass- enclosed fitness gallery with pool, gym and spa. There will also be some new additions to The Savoy including a two-bedroom Royal Suite, the Beaufort Bar and the Savoy Tea Shop.
A leader in the global hospitality industry, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is an extraordinary collection of luxury hotels which includes iconic landmarks like The Fairmont Banff Springs, Fairmont Monte Carlo and New York's The Plaza. Fairmont hotels are one-of-a- kind properties where sophisticated travellers can discover culturally rich experiences that are authentic to the destination. Situated in some of the most exclusive and pristine areas in the world, Fairmont is committed to responsible tourism and is an industry leader in sustainable hotel management with its award-winning Green Partnership program. Fairmont's portfolio includes over 50 distinctive hotels, with plans to develop over 20 new properties in the coming years in destinations as diverse as Beijing, Abu Dhabi and South Africa.
Fairmont is owned by Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, a leading global hotel company with over 80 hotels worldwide under the Raffles, Fairmont and Swissôtel brands. The company also owns Fairmont and Raffles branded Residences, Estates and luxury private residence club properties.
For more information on The Savoy and its developments, please visit www.savoy2009.com
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