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Published on : Monday, March 21, 2016
Conrad Macao, Cotai Central celebrated Earth Hour 2016 from 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. local time on Saturday, March 19. The hotel joined thousands of Hilton Worldwide’s more than 4,600 properties across 102 countries in switching off energy and shining a light on climate change by hosting various Earth Hour activities for Team Members and guests to take part in reducing energy use and preserving the environment. This year, Hilton Worldwide is expanding environmental celebrations to the full month of March, reinforcing the company’s commitment to addressing climate change and driving an even larger impact.
The hotel turned off its external façade lights; dimming all non-essential lighting in its restaurants and lounges; as well as its sparkling crystal chandelier that is the centrepiece of its lobby – as people and organisations around the world turned off their lights in support of action on global climate change. In its place was a spectacular display made up of 411 candles illuminating the lobby, taking the formation of ‘Earth Hour Conrad Macao 2016’ denoting the hotel’s commitment to Earth Hour, Every Month.
“Earth Hour is one of the ways we show our commitment to energy conservation,” said Bede Barry, Vice President, Hotel Operations. “We have been diligent in rolling out various green initiatives since we first opened back in April 2012 and at the same time we have taken the initiative to have this as a fortnightly exercise and not just a once-a-year event. It’s an initiative which we were proud to be at the forefront of, and which has been met with great support not only from other hotels and integrated resorts in Macao, but also the Macao Government, Earth Hour Global, and WWF Hong Kong.”
As part of its commitment to preserving the environment, Conrad Macao goes well beyond a once-a-year event, making it a bi-weekly event, switching off all non-essential lighting on the first and third Tuesday of each month as part of its green resolution to observe ‘Earth Hour, Every Month.’
The extended Earth Hour participation started in 2013 when Conrad Macao posed a friendly challenge for other hotels in Macao to join its monthly lights-out as part of Earth Hour’s global ‘I Will If You Will’ campaign.
In addition Conrad Macao actively practices green initiatives on a daily basis, the hotel has replaced more than 25,000 light bulbs with new LED/energy efficient ones which have resulted in energy savings of more than 1 million KWH. Other energy initiatives include implementing operational efficiency improvments to the hotel’s central chilled water plant resulting in annualized energy reductions of over 2.8 million KWH.
Created by World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Earth Hour began in 2007 as a way for individuals and businesses to show how simple steps can make a significant impact on addressing climate change. The idea was conceived during a WWF meeting held at the Hilton Sydney, Australia. In its first year, more than two million people turned off their lights for an hour and reduced the city’s energy consumption by more than 10 percent. It became a global movement in 2008 with more than 50 million people participating, and today it is the largest grassroots environmental movement in the world with more than 7,000 cities and towns in 172 countries and territories and hundreds of millions of people participating across seven continents. In 2015, over 620,000 actions were taken to combat climate change during Earth Hour.
Hilton Worldwide is committed to Preserving Environments, one of the three pillars of the company’s responsibility and sustainability strategy -, ‘Travel with Purpose’. Hilton is one of the first major multi-brand hospitality companies to make sustainability measurement and reporting a brand standard. LightStay, Hilton Worldwide’s proprietary measurement platform, is used to measure, analyze and report on global data to drive greater efficiencies, savings and value for hotels and communities around the world. Hotels are able to record their efforts including Earth Hour activities and other environmental and social initiatives into the measurement platform. Hilton is also the first global hospitality company to be ISO 50001 certified – of the more than 11,500 facilities worldwide that are ISO 50001 certified, more than 4,600 of those buildings are in the Hilton portfolio.