Marriott Reveals Water Conservation Results for World Water Day
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In Marriott International’s managed hotels across the world, water intensity has been reduced 5.3 percent in 2014 over 2013, and is 16.3 percent less than 2007 according to a recent news release.
It was in 2007 that the chain set the goal to reduce water intensity in all properties collectively by 20 percent in 2020, along with that same number for energy consumption. “We are extremely pleased with our 2014 water intensity results,” said Denise Naguib, vice president, sustainability and supplier diversity, Marriott International. “Water conservation is an area of sustainability where hotels, associates, and guests can directly aid the environment by reducing their water usage, whether it is through the fitting of low flow showers and toilets in guest bathrooms, irrigation systems installed on properties, or guests choosing to not have towels changed every day.”
Conservation programs instituted around the world contributed to the reduction in water usage. In North America, over 80 percent of participating hotels in the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense H20tel Challenge are part of the Marriott brand.
In Asia Pacific, Marriott’s Nobility of Nature project in Sichuan Province, China, helps protect freshwater sources for two billion-plus people in addition to encouraging water conservation in area hotels. Participating China and Hong Kong Marriotts cited a 7.94 percent reduction in water intensity in 2014.
Ten hotels across the Middle East and Africa region installed water-saving systems and devices in 2014. These projects, including water saving bathroom fixtures and smart irrigation sensors, will help to save around 92,000 cubic meters of water annually. The Ritz-Carlton, Doha, installed a smart control system for landscaping, and the Renaissance Sharm El Sheikh Golden View Beach Resort installed water aerators for guest rooms.
European managed hotels saved 20.3 million gallons of water in 2014 with such initiatives as pump audits, as well as high efficiency dishwashers, and water efficient shower heads.
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