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Sustainable business practices in London: How accommodation companies are at the forefront

London is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. People from all over the globe have made the place their home, creating a rich tapestry of cultures, languages, and traditions. It’s also steeped in history, boasting some iconic architecture, not to mention world-class museums, galleries, theatres and outdoor spaces.

The capital is London is also a global financial hub and a center for business and commerce. It offers a wide range of career opportunities across various industries, making it an attractive destination for professionals.

Currently, the city is making itself over into a city that aims to be net zero and fully green within a few short decades – and the accommodation industry is at the forefront of this movement. Here’s how…

Reduction in waste

A huge eighty-one percent of UK hotels are actively working on reducing their waste. There is a twofold benefit to this: as well as saving valuable resources and being more environmentally friendly, it also saves the hotel money: food not being wasted does not need to be replaced.

The growth of serviced accommodation ties into this move towards reduced waste. In a serviced apartment, the guest makes many choices to ensure not only a curated service that is perfectly tailored for their needs, but the provision of these needs by the hotel services can be designed for reduced waste too, with – for example – the provision of just enough breakfast provided to feed the guests, rather than a huge buffet display, of which some will be discarded after the meal, and some will be left on plates when guests overestimate their own hunger. 

Sustainable building materials 

New hotels are being built from sustainable materials. These include reclaimed bricks, those made using green methods (using less water, introducing fewer contaminants, and so on), and even new materials that offer more benefits. For example, cork that is too thin for use by the wine industry can be ground up and added to concrete: no strength is lost and the resulting material is of a lighter weight than pure concrete – and offers a measure of insulation to the building. 

Designed for eco-friendliness 

Studies of ancient desert buildings have revealed that these seemingly randomly placed buildings were actually carefully placed and engineered to keep themselves at a constant temperature, allowing a breeze to flow into the various vents in summer, yet remaining cosy in winter – and all without using any kind of fuel to achieve this desirable comfort.

Modern hotels are taking these ancient innovations and modernising them, creating buildings that maintain their own temperatures, that offer good air circulation (vital for good health) and that use renewable energy such as solar and wind power. These hotels often follow through with simple, but effective, measures such as encouraging guests to reduce the amount of laundry that is done. 

Smart buildings 

Finally, London’s accommodation industry is embracing the advent of the smart building. Even the most conscientious guest will occasionally leave a light on, or tweak the thermostat to a more comfortable temperature – which is, of course, perfectly acceptable! Smart building technology can sense these changes, and once the guest has checked out, the computer can lower the temperature, switch off the lights, and generally put the room into an energy efficient condition until the next guest comes along.

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