The Australian Hotel Association Awards for Excellence were held at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre last Tuesday where winners across 27 categories were announced.
The Best Environmental Practice award recognises the InterContinental Adelaide’s zero waste to landfill and energy saving programs, which have set a new benchmark in waste management.
The hotel has surpassed all targets set by InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) as part of its Corporate Responsibility Program.
InterContinental Adelaide achieved a 'Zero Landfill' stance a year ahead of schedule, and has recycled 100 per cent of its waste in the past three months with absolutely no waste going into landfill.
InterContinental Adelaide General Manager, James Allen said the award is an honour.
“This has been a real team effort. It has not been easy but with everybody so committed to achieving the result, we have managed to succeed both at meeting our Corporate Responsibility targets and now with winning this award.” Mr Allen said.
“The InterContinental Adelaide team is thrilled with this award as it is a great recognition of our conscientious efforts in reducing our carbon footprint and creating positive changes to preserve the environment.”
InterContinental Adelaide employed a 'source separation resource recovery platform' that enables the hotel to separate its organic waste and recyclable materials from the general waste stream.
Mr Allen also said purchasing decisions, supply chain and procurement priorities were all integral to the achievement of sending no waste to landfill.
The Green Engage program is InterContinental Hotel Group’s own waste monitoring system and is the first hotel sustainability management program to be endorsed by the US Green Building Council.
InterContinental Adelaide says the downgrade in waste emissions offers a huge benefit as energy is the second largest cost in their hotels.
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