Thistle Hotels is powering ahead with its commitment to cutting carbon emissions by joining the Carepar scheme, a carbon measurement initiative designed to create a league of the UK’s greenest hotels and provide guests with information on the carbon impact of their bookings. 

Thistle’s ‘green team’ has been working closely with Carepar as part of the group’s Corporate Social Responsibility policy.  This includes an initial £60,000 eco-investment in fitting energy efficient light bulbs throughout the group’s 33 hotels over the past two years, installation of motion sensors to automatically switch-off lights when not in use, new settings for ballroom and conference room lighting to reduce energy usage when rooms are being prepared for guests and the fitting of an energy saving kitchen at the Thistle City Barbican hotel.

Since September 2009, Carepar has been tracking the energy usage of the group’s nationwide network of hotels to provide Thistle with insights to help it further maximise energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.  The energy usage data will be used to rank Thistle in the green hotel league, which will be published as more hotels join up to the Carepar scheme.    

Joining Carepar marks another milestone in Thistle’s £100million rebrand programme, which is being led by Managing Director of Thistle Hotels, Heiko Figge and includes ongoing refurbishment to provide guests with a comfortable and welcoming stay.

Joe Potter, Property Service Manager for Thistle Hotels, said: “Guest comfort is paramount at Thistle Hotels and, in line with what matters to guests and the environment, we’re constantly looking at how we can continue to offer guests a warm welcome while improving energy efficiency.   

“We’re listening to guests and understand the concerns they have about their carbon footprint, whether travelling for business or leisure reasons.  Joining the Carepar scheme will help us to show guests the positive steps we’re taking to reduce carbon emissions and help us identify even more ways of saving energy.”