Berkshire-based Quintex Systems, a market leader in energy management technology, has joined the Energy and Environment Alliance (EEA). The aim is to help accommodation businesses save energy and reduce carbon emissions in commercial kitchens. This is critical now more than ever as the damaging impacts of climate change on biodiversity, wellbeing and long-term prosperity are increasingly apparent.
The EEA’s immediate priority is to achieve faster carbon reduction rates in the hospitality industry. It will help its members do so by bringing the industry together with renowned experts, regulators and specialist services, share knowledge and implement new technologies; second, by enabling member companies to purchase their energy 100% sustainably; and by helping members drive energy productivity levels in a highly cost-effective manner.
When the hospitality industry reopens its doors post COVID-19, new challenges will be faced. Ensuring new procedures are followed to guarantee guests’ safety will create extra responsibility and the imperative focus on sustainability may be delayed by some businesses which are struggling to survive financially. It is also likely that some managers may not wish to burden staff with extra tasks on top of their usual responsibilities due to new legislation. Consequently, behaviour changes that would improve environmental performance may be unlikely straight away.
One brand that has adopted the use of Quintex patented system is EEA member Radisson Edwardian. The value for its Heathrow property was recognised due to the size and function of the hotel. Offering 464 rooms each night, 42 conference rooms (fitting up to 1000 guests) and 3 dining outlets, the kitchens during their peak operating times are busy, hot and loud. This is contrasted on quieter days which came with heavily reduced activity. Many changes have been made across its portfolio, including a drive to create and develop a strong sustainability policy. This is critical, as sustainability is needed to attract and retain business clients.