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Whitbread cuts energy consumption

Sunday October 9 2011

The successful Powerstar installation offer light-touch solution in support of corporate social responsibilities

The successful Powerstar installation offer light-touch solution in support of corporate social responsibilities

 

UK hospitality company Whitbread has had 25 Powerstar voltage optimisation products installed by

Rotherham-based EMSc.

 

The products have been installed in a number of different Whitbread hotels and restaurants across the country. The locations were chosen for their different energy consumption and profiles.

 

EMS worked closely with Whitbread, not only to understand the company’s energy and carbon reduction strategy, but also the specific requirements of each individual location. The tailored products are designed to provide Whitbread with a zero maintenance solution and rapid payback period.

 

Helping hospitality firm “go green”

 

The savings from the Powerstar systems supported the company in reducing its direct electricity consumption and associated CO2 emissions – key goals in Whitbread’s ‘Good Together’ corporate responsibility policy.

 

Early results from the hotels and restaurants have proved impressive, with a number of large hotel installations outperforming the guaranteed minimum levels of cost savings set by EMS – energy savings were estimated to be as high as 18% a year.

 

Getting serious about sustainability

 

Chris George, head of energy and environment at Whitbread Hotels and Restaurants, said: “We’re serious about sustainability at Whitbread because we know it’s the right thing to do for the planet and it’s what our customers and our teams want. Smart investment in new technologies is a key part of our “Good Together” strategy. It helps us to reduce the amount of energy we consume, cut carbon emissions and conserve natural resources to make sure we are doing more for less.”

 

He added: “As a responsible hotel and restaurant business, we need to ensure our customers enjoy a good night’s sleep and great tasting menus served in a relaxed atmosphere. We found Powerstar to be both professional and proactive in their awareness of the installation requirements during business operational hours, which ensured minimum disturbance for our guests.”