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Everyone has felt the sting of rising energy costs recently. Savvy hoteliers have implemented plans to address these increases. It could be a simple operational change or a complex capital investment. Green Lodging News covers the latest news and trends pertaining to energy management. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

Energy Management

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Everyone has felt the sting of rising energy costs recently. Savvy hoteliers have implemented plans to address these increases. It could be a simple operational change or a complex capital investment. Green Lodging News covers the latest news and trends pertaining to energy management. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

Ameresco Releases First ESG Report

FRAMINGHAM, MASS.—Ameresco, Inc., a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, released its first Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) report for 2020. The report centers on the theme of “Doing Well by Doing Good,” which reflects Ameresco’s mission of delivering energy efficient and renewable solutions that enable a low carbon future. The report is a reflection of Ameresco’s progress in the ESG focus areas from the company’s inception, while also addressing many of its goals for the future. Ameresco’s ESG Committee, which includes employee representatives across various functions, geographies and contributions, was established in 2020 to spearhead efforts to...

Carrier AquaEdge 19DV Chiller Line Expanded to 350 Tons

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Carrier announced that it has expanded its AquaEdge 19DV water-cooled centrifugal chiller capacity range in North America by an additional 150 tons. With the capacity range now starting at 350 tons—previously 500 tons—the 19DV can accommodate customer requirements of smaller applications. The top of the range remains at 800 tons. The AquaEdge 19DV is the ultimate innovation in cooling and heating technology and utilizes an environmentally sustainable refrigerant with the highest possible safety rating and an ultra-low global warming potential of ~1. Carrier is a part of Carrier Global Corp., a leading global provider of healthy, safe, and...

Hotel Project to Pursue Passive House Certification

I am currently working on an article on the Hotel Marcel. It is expected to open next year in New Haven, Conn. The hotel will have many unique features—net-zero energy, LEED Platinum, etc. One of the most unique features about the hotel is that it is expected to be the first Passive House certified hotel in the United States. I just came across the certification in another article I read so I thought I would share a bit about the certification. The Passive House certification program is run by PHIUS (Passive House Institute US, Inc.) It is a nonprofit 501(c)(3)...

Carrier to Reduce Customers’ Carbon Footprint by More Than One Gigaton

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLA.—Carrier Global Corp. announced the company’s first set of Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) goals since becoming an independent company in April. Building on the company’s vision to create solutions that matter for people and our planet, Carrier is targeting carbon neutrality across its operations by 2030. The company is also aiming to reduce its customers’ carbon footprint by more than one gigaton, supported by a planned investment of more than $2 billion over the next 10 years toward the development of healthier, safer, and more sustainable building and cold chain solutions. “At Carrier, we are applying...

SolarWindow Produces Flexible Glass Using Roll-to-Roll Processing

NEW YORK—SolarWindow Technologies, Inc. announced that for the first time ever, the company has successfully produced its electricity-generating flexible glass using roll-to-roll processing, a high-speed method typical to commercial manufacturing of tinted window films, digital displays, printed electronics, and semiconductors. As thin as a business card, flexible sheets of SolarWindow electricity-generating glass generate power from sunlight and indoor artificial light, and are under development to electrify windows and otherwise passive surfaces on commercial buildings, automotive, aerospace, marine and other products. “The world’s leading manufacturers use roll-to-roll production, an innovative process successfully demonstrated by the SolarWindow team today. Importantly, this roll-to-roll processing...

Cornell Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking Index Keeps Getting Bigger

Just how well is the global hotel industry, especially the U.S. hotel industry, doing in reducing its environmental impact as a whole? Thanks to the folks at Greenview, the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research, and companies like Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott and others who provide access to their data, we have a pretty good idea—and the news is not too bad. This is the seventh time the parties involved have produced the Cornell Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking (CHSB) Index and the report shows that carbon emissions per square meter of hotels around the world has decreased by 10 percent since 2015. The report...

Vail Resorts Reaches 50 Percent Waste Diversion Milestone, Invests Heavily in Renewable Electricity

BROOMFIELD, COLO.—With this week’s launch of Vail Resorts’ 2019/20 season EpicPromise Progress Report, the company announced major advancement toward its Commitment to Zero goal to reach a zero net operating footprint by 2030. Through its operations, Vail Resorts is prioritizing efforts to mitigate the impacts of climate change. Detailed in the third-annual report, this year’s milestones include: Achieving the company’s 50 percent waste diversion subgoal, nearly a year ahead of schedule, by reducing landfill waste and increasing composting and recycling. Setting a course to be 100 percent powered by renewable electricity by 2030, in large part due to two...

CHSB Index: Carbon Footprint of Hotel Stay decreased on Average by 10 Percent Since 2015

SINGAPORE—The latest Cornell Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking (CHSB) Index shows that carbon emissions per square meter of hotels around the world has decreased by 10 percent since 2015. The CHSB Index contains data for over 14,000 hotels in 55 countries from 20 international chains. The greatest reduction was across hotels in the U.K., in which carbon footprint reduced on average 23.4 percent between 2015 and 2018. Hotels in India, Canada and the U.S. experienced a decrease of 14.4 percent, 13.6 percent, and 12.1 percent, respectively. Hotels in China showed slightly less improvement at a 7.4 percent average reduction in carbon footprint. Of...

Mammoth Saudi Arabia Project Moves Forward with Utilities Contract

In June I posted an article about The Red Sea Development Co. (TRSDC), the developer behind one of the world’s most ambitious tourism projects. The project is being developed over 28,000 square kilometers of pristine lands and waters along Saudi Arabia’s west coast and includes a vast archipelago of more than 90 islands. TRSDC just announced it has awarded its highest-value contract to date to a consortium led by ACWA Power to design, build, operate and transfer The Red Sea Project’s utilities infrastructure. The contract marks a significant step forward for The Red Sea Project, establishing it as the region’s first tourism...

ASHRAE Announces Move to New Net-Zero Energy Global Headquarters in Metro Atlanta

ATLANTA—ASHRAE, a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment, announced a move to its new global headquarters, located at 180 Technology Parkway, Peachtree Corners, Ga. The Society began renovations in January 2020 on an existing 66,700 ft2 building, originally built in 1978, on 11 acres of land. Located 10 miles north of its previous headquarters building, ASHRAE joins other innovation and sustainability-focused organizations based in the popular Technology Parkway corridor. A short video on the new global headquarters can be viewed on ASHRAE’s YouTube channel. “ASHRAE’s new global headquarters is a prime example of how we are helping to...