Sustainability on all levels

Planet

At Nordic Choice we take our responsibility for the planet further than just to the edge of the hotel steps. In 2015, together with our guests, we contributed to projects including: protecting rainforest equivalent to 75,500 football pitches and serving circa 3,000 cups of organic coffee per hour.

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Key figures: Usage

Higher expectations for comfort combined with ambitious environmental goals, requires more of us in terms of creativity, innovation and investment in order to reduce our environmental footprint. Our environmental work is never finished.

Water

Water consumption per guest (litres)

*l/per guest day

Energy

Energy consumption per square meter

*kWh/m2

Key figures: CO₂

Staying at our hotels has an environmental impact. That’s why we do our best to reduce the hotels CO2 emission, food waste and chemicals along with all the other environmental actions.

CO2 emissions

CO2-emissions in kilo per guest night

*kilo/guest night

Chemicals

Grams per guest night

*grams/guest night

Key figures: Food waste


Staying at our hotels has an environmental impact. That’s why we do our best to reduce the hotels CO2 emission, food waste and chemicals along with all the other environmental actions.=

Food waste

Grams per guest

*In 2017 we established an industry indicator and introduced measurements at all hotels. For the first time we managed to get quality numbers for food waste per food consuming guests and not just hotel guests

Reduction of food waste per guest night - 2017 vs. 2018

Food waste

Food waste has an ethical, environmental and economic cost. In 2017, we established an industry indicator and introduced measurements at all hotels. For the first time, we managed to get quality numbers for food waste per food consuming guests and not just hotel guests. On average, NCH had 295 grams of food waste per food consuming guest in 2018, with the Comfort brand wasted less with 115 grams per food consuming guest.

Differanse fra 2017 til 2018

50%

Water consumption

Every drop counts

Reducing water usage has a significant environmental impact. From 2008 to 2018 we have reduced our water usage with 10,3% per guest night. Using less water should not impact the guest experience, and every drop counts!

Comfort Hotel

0.00%

Planet

A new app for sustainable operations

In 2017 Nordic Choice implemented a new app to facilitate an easy way of registering and supervising the results of a hotel’s sustainable operations. Now the environmental focus is always on wherever the environmental coordinator is at the hotel!

WeCare Local

Nordic Choice Hotels established the WeCare Fund in 2016. The WeCare Fund amounts to 1 million NOK and is awarded each year to local projects on application. In 2017, 11 hotels had the opportunity to support the funding of their project, like Quality Hotel Residence with their very successful sustainable event called Vegan Weekend.

Food platform

Local EAT Award 2017

As initiator and sponsor of the Local EAT Award, Nordic Choice Hotels awarded the 2017 prize to Scandinavia's most sustainable food innovator for the fourth consecutive year. The winner was Hanna Olvenmark, whos has founded the company called “Portionen under 10’an” (“Servings for less than 10 SEK”). Olvenmark works to increase the knowledge among people in general about the possibilities to eat good, healthy and sustainable food without paying more than 10 SEK per serving. The winner received 100,000 NOK in prize money.

Planet

Environmental training for all hotels

Our environmental management department went on tour in 2017! Six environmental training summits across Finland, Norway and Sweden were conducted, focusing on sustainable operations at our hotels and gathering more than 300 environmental coordinators from our hotels.

Food platform

Food waste

Through the "KuttMatsvinn2020” initiative (Reduce food waste 2020), we further intensified the fight against food waste. In 2017, we established an industry indicator and introduced measurements at all hotels. For the first time, we managed to get quality numbers for food waste per food consuming guests and not just hotel guests. On average, NCH had 127 grams of food waste per food consuming guest in 2017, with the the Comfort brand wasted less with 73 grams per food consuming guest. Through the initiative, food waste in the hospitality industry will be reduced by an additional 20% up to 2020.

Fairtrade

Fairtrade fika

In a few hectic hours in May we served organic and Fairtrade coffee to more than 130,000 people in over 140 hotels, as part of the Fairtrade Challenge. The best hotel in NCH was Quality Hotel Waterfront, which in 2018 will send an employee to Løfberg's coffee cooperative in Honduras.

Food platform

ASC/MSC certification

We are the first hotel company in the Nordic region to become MSC and ASC certified. This means that fish and seafood we serve comes from sustainable fisheries - whether it is wild or farmed. In 2017 more than 90% of the salmon we bought in Sweden was certified!

Consumption

Ocean plastic

On their own initiative many hotels cleaned their neighborhoods and beaches free from garbage. Clarion Hotel Post in Gothenburg focused a lot of efforts in this work, inviting and including neighbourhood school classes in the initiative, giving lectures on the subject and spreading information in many different ways to customers, guests and the neighborhoods in Gothenburg.

Food platform

-1 ton of packaging

In 2017 we removed all single wrapped products from our hotels (excl. tea and coffee products in the guest rooms). That is, sugar sticks, single wrapped butter, etc. This equals a waste reduction of 1 ton of packaging.

Consumption

Reduced water consumption

We have reduced water consumption by 8.3 litres per guest night in 2017 compared to 2016. This means we have saved over 230,000 bathtubs of water.

More free range hens

Food platform

In 2016 we let free 37,000 chickens, by serving over 10 million organic eggs.

Resilient and fair coffee against climate change

Climate change gives lower coffee crops. Together with Löfbergs, we're working with women farmers in Honduras on scaling for Fair Trade and organic farms, so that more people will benefit from guaranteed minimum coffee prices and healthy agricultural practices.

Organic farming makes the plants stronger, tackling the climate change better.

Food platform

4.5 tonnes of pesticides

We served 3,400 cups of organic and Fairtrade-labeled coffee per hour. Because it is organic, it means we have reduced the use of pesticides by over 4.5 tonnes and reduced the use of fertilizers by almost 45 tonnes. All of the coffee we serve is also climate-compensated.