Energy Policy as at May 2009
1. Mission Statement.
Hotels by their very nature are large consumers of resources, they operate 24 hours a day 7 days a week with little “down” time where power consumption can be reduced.
We need to be aware of the effect our business has on the environment and continually look for ways where we can reduce or mitigate against the effect of our carbon footprint.
All our staff need to be made aware of our commitment to reducing our power consumption and their responsibilities towards achieving the aims of the business.
We will commit business resources to energy management, reduce our energy costs. We will look for ways we can reduces environmental impact, minimise CO2 emissions, consider life-cycle energy costs for all new projects and where possible use energy from renewable sources.
We will be working closely with the Carbon Trust to achieve our aims, with a full site survey to be carried out by the end of May 2009
2. Statement of Commitment.
- Purchasing energy at the most cost effective price. We have a broker who helps us achieve this by constantly monitoring market supply.
- Looking for ways that we can purchase some of our energy from renewable sources
- Increasing energy efficiency in terms of energy consumed per Degree Day [space heating]
- Reducing co2 emissions.
- Investing in new technology where this meets investment criteria
- 2.1.1 Power Protectors to reduce input voltage
- 2.1.2 Electric Motors fitted with Ampage monitors
- Entering into a climate-change agreement via our trade association
– The GTBS.
- We are committed to our re-cycling policy and monitoring of waste by category so reducing still further the amount we send to landfill
- Define roles and responsibilities for energy
- Educate and raise awareness among staff
- Establish clear reporting procedures
- Procure new equipment with low energy ratings
- Continue with the installation of low energy [28 to 35 volt] LED lighting
- Consider life-cycle energy costs for new projects and refurbishment.
- We will consider life-cycle energy costs for existing plant with a view to modify.
- Establish ownership of energy costs at departmental level
- Establish ownership of invoice verification
- Set and publish performance improvement targets
- Reduce energy consumption by 12% over 3 years
- Reduce environmental impact by reducing our emissions by 60 tonnes of co2 or 40% within 3 years [this includes waste re-cycling]
- Reduce energy consumption to a good level benchmark
- Seek competitive tenders for Gas and Electricity supplies
- Identify all cost effective energy efficiency measures