Green Hotels Offer Luxury that doesn’t cost the Earth by Sarah Butler, March 10, 2010, The Times On-Line
"The luxurious experience offered by upmarket hotels helps to make them among the most profligate users of water and energy.
"That, however, is starting to change. With rising energy and waste bills, pressure from consumers and government regulations on carbon use on the horizon, the hotel industry is starting to polish its eco-credentials.Travelocity, the travel booking website, listed 200 venues when it launched its green hotel directory in January last year; today it lists more than 900.
"At the same time, membership of the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS), the largest accreditation scheme for ecofriendly hotels in Britain, has risen from about 1,400 three years ago to more than 2,000....
"The five-star Rafayel in Battersea, South London, is one of the capital’s newest eco-hotels, incorporating low-energy LED lighting and energy-saving air-conditioning systems. Iqbal Latif, the hotel’s developer, says: “As the price of oil goes up, people will naturally demand that wastage be cut. We are conquering the critique that luxury hotels are profligate consumers.”
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