MACAO – January 22, 2013 – In an unprecedented move for Macao, one of the region’s top entertainment hubs, and its nearby glitzy cousin Hong Kong, the new and multi-award winning Conrad Macao is raising the bar, with a New Year's Resolution to switch off its exterior facade lighting and non-essential indoor lighting every month in 2013, to extend its participation in Earth Hour beyond the March 23 global event, in line with the goals of Hilton Worldwide’s global LightStay green effort.
As part of Earth Hour's global ’I Will If You Will’ campaign, Conrad Macao is taking the challenge to its luxury peers – if 10 other hotels will match Conrad Macao’s monthly energy-saving effort, Conrad Macao will increase its commitment to twice a month. This move by the newly opened hotel aims to take the lead in reducing energy usage by locally implementing various 'Smart Luxury' measures as part of the LightStay program, in a city where hotel-resorts vie with their counterparts in lighting up their massive structures.
”It's a small step for us, but it could be a big step for the hotels and resorts of Hong Kong and Macao if they join us in our Green Resolution” says Troy Hickox, General Manager. ”We aim to target energy reductions, without affecting the luxury guest experience, and we are encouraged by many guests who also express interest in such efforts. While we acknowledge much more can be done going forward, we are hoping our small action will speak louder than big words. Our staff is engaged and passionate about living better and improving the world we live in, and we intend to share that energy with our peer hotels.”
Conrad Macao’s exterior façade lighting uses energy-efficient LEDs and the hotel is also looking to convert room lighting to LED technology as well in 2013. It recently switched all corridor lighting over to LEDs, a move that will save 646,000 kWh of energy each year. That’s enough power to run a coffee maker 24 hours a day for 82 years!
With a spectacular display of symbolic lanterns in stunning shades of lavender and lilac to be revealed on January 24 in its main lobby to celebrate the coming Chinese New Year, Conrad Macao first turned its exterior façade a symbolic green on New Year’s Day, to kick off its resolution. And so on January 17 at 8:30pm, the exterior façade went dark to extend its participation in March’s upcoming Earth Hour, and will continue to do so on to the first Tuesday of every month thereafter.
The hotel will also switch off its stunning crystal chandelier, the centrepiece of its dramatic lobby lounge and bar, operating by romantic candle light for the hour.
Hilton Worldwide’s LightStay programme was unveiled to the public in April 2010, making its portfolio of hotel brands the first major multi-brand company in the hospitality industry to make sustainability measurement a brand standard. The sustainability measurement system helps improve hotel performance while decreasing the company’s overall impact on the environment by calculating and analysing energy and water use and waste and carbon output. Hilton Worldwide achieved its five-year LightStay goal to reduce its waste output by 20 percent, two years early. Overall, the program has been a tremendous success with over $147 million in cumulative savings and it is on track to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions by 20 percent, and water consumption by 10 percent by 2015. In addition, LightStay provides a ‘meeting impact calculator’ feature that calculates the environmental impact of any meeting or conference held at a property – a valuable tool that helps drive environmentally-friendly business among meeting planners and corporate travel managers.
In 2011, Hilton Worldwide launched Travel with Purpose, our commitment to providing shared value to our business and communities around the world. Travel with Purpose is built on four areas of focus – creating opportunities for individuals to reach their full po tential; strengthening communities where we operate; celebrating cultures and the power of travel; and living sustainably through the measurement, analysis and improvement of our use of natural resources. Through the company’s sustainability strategy, LightStay, Hilton Worldwide is the first multi-brand hospitality company to make sustainability measurement a brand standard and recently earned ISO 9001 and 14001 certifications for quality and environmental management - one of the largest volume certifications awarded for commercial buildings. For more information, please visit www.hiltonworldwide.com/corporate-responsibility/.
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Keep up with the progress of Green Resolution, like which hotels have joined
the campaign, by checking out the Twitter hash tag #EarthHourEveryMonth.
Photo caption:Conrad Macao lit its exterior facade in green to ring in the New Year,a symbol of its 2013 Green Resolution.The luxury hotel will turn off its exterior facade lighting and non-essential indoor lighting every month in 2013 to extend its participation in Earth Hour.
Photo caption: Conrad Macao will switch off its stunning crystal chandelier,the centrepiece of its dramatic lobby lounge and bar,operating by romantic candle light for one hour each month.The initiative is part of the luxury hotel's 2013 Green Resolution.
Photo caption: Conrad Macao will switch off non-essential indoor lighting every month in 2013 to extend its participation in Earth Hour,including at its luxurious and innovative Bodhi Spa.The initiative is part of the luxury hotel's 2013 Green Resolution.
Conrad Macao's Green Resolution for 2013(PDF)