Hotel company InterContinental Hotels Group is trialling an online system to help hoteliers manage their impact on the environment which could reduce their energy consumption by up to 25%.
The company, whose 4,000-strong portfolio includes the Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza and InterContinental brands, is running the trial initially in 650 hotels but plans to offer the system to the rest of its hotels from mid-2009.
As well as resulting in possible savings of as much as $200 million, the company is also hoping the 'Green Engage' system will appeal to guests seeking sustainable hotels.
IHG chief executive Andy Coslett said: "This is an important initiative for IHG, our hotel owners and our guests. Green Engage is a practical tool designed to help improve environmental performance, reduce costs and respond to our guests' increasing awareness of this issue."
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