Jermyn Street’s Cavendish Hotel is the first to win a gold award as part of the London Development Agency’s (LDA) Green Tourism programme.
The 230-room hotel has taken a number of steps to go green, installing low-energy light bulbs and dual-flush toilets, controlling lighting and heating of rooms that aren’t in use, using local and organic produce when possible, and recycling.
All the hotel’s efforts together have helped it reduce its carbon dioxide emissions to less than half the average of 29 kilograms per guest per night.
“With tourism so big a part of the economy in London, hotels like the Cavendish and other visitor attractions can really give a push to driving down emission levels,” said Peter Bishop, LDA Director for Design, Development and Environment. “How the Cavendish achieved the gold award will prove to the industry what can be done.”
“Our management team has enjoyed learning about sustainability,” added Ciaran Fahy, General Manager of the Cavendish. “They challenge suppliers and have become stronger leaders as they encouraged their teams to support the initiative. We actively support the drive to make London a greener destination.”