Siemens makes business trips more sustainable

With the Green Accommodation initiative, half of Siemens’ more sustainable hotels postpone corporate accommodation reservations.

In cooperation with the international service company HRS, the global technology company based in Munich has developed a globally applicable, standardized system of criteria, on the basis of which the carbon footprint of individual hotels can be monitored and compared. With the solution, which is considered a pioneer in its category, in the future, hotels will be able to provide information on energy and water consumption, as well as the amount of waste projected for the number of occupied room nights, in accordance with the Green Stay Initiative (GSI) program. The data corresponding to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and ISO standards thus enable the calculation of the carbon footprint of the planned stay. Based on these, the sustainably operating hotels will be recommended to the company’s employees by Siemens’ internal application used for booking business trips. 

It can facilitate the GSI solution becoming a market standard that the tool for providing data that meets the criteria is open source, so that other companies can also increase the sustainability of their business paths. Before the pandemic, Siemens booked more than two million guest nights per year, which is why GSI plays an important role in achieving its sustainability goals. More than half of the hotels included in its suppliers have already taken advantage of the data provision option. Starting next year, Siemens will select preferred hotels based on the sustainability criteria defined in the GSI, from which it will request data annually. The GSI initiative measures CO2 emissions, assesses performance in sustainability, energy management and biodiversity. The requirements cover hotel services such as pools, air conditioning and wellness areas, and also take into account resource efficiency, recycling, shuttle services and restaurant operations. Siemens and HRS collaborate globally in many areas of hotel management, including procurement, price control, reservation, payment and meeting management. Their experts also designed the GSI program to make it easier for hotels with limited resources to provide data that meets reporting standards after the pandemic. – We have experienced that many of our Fortune 500 clients are already explicitly addressing sustainability-related metrics in their 2023 hotel bids – said Tobias Ragge, CEO of HRS. – Knowing the pioneering traditions of Siemens, it does not surprise us at all that with its announcement it assumes a leading role in this field as well. source

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