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< Back to news 14 July, 2014

Beacon helps BEST WESTERN Monkbar go green!

With pressure mounting from both the government and the media, the need to ‘go green’ has never been more important. Beacon, which helps businesses in the hospitality sector improve their profitability, has been working with BEST WESTERN Monkbar Hotel in York in order to implement a ‘green’ procurement strategy, which not only reduces costs but also aims to support the environment.

By installing a Waste2Water filtration system, which ‘eats’ waste food, the York-based hotel was able to considerably reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill. Strict measures have also been put in place to control gas, electricity and water usage, which have resulted in utility bills being reduced by a substantial 13% every year; and the appointment of a ‘green team’ with members from different departments has also been introduced, reinforcing the environmentally friendly values of the hotel.

In addition to this, the hotel has embarked on a number of new green projects. In the past four years it has recycled 2,496 square metres of cardboard and 208,000 glass bottles, and recycling continues to increase year or year. A market garden has also been created in the hotel’s enclosed courtyard and charging points are currently being installed for electric cars to further enhance BEST WESTERN Monkbar’s green offering.

Graham Usher, General Manager at BEST WESTERN Monkbar, commented:

“We have worked closely with Beacon for the past two and a half years and the team has worked with us to really impact our bottom line. Our green policies are hugely important, both to us and our customers, and by taking advantage of new technologies, such as the Waste2Water filtration system, we’ve been able to further our commitment to operating sustainably.”

Diane Webster, Director or Marketing at Beacon, commented:

“We’ve really enjoyed working with Graham and the BEST WESTERN Monkbar team to further enhance its green credentials. By implementing an environmentally friendly procurement strategy, which sits in line with the business’ wider strategy, the hotel has been able to reduce its costs whilst also operating sustainably. With technology advancing so quickly, the team at Beacon is always on the lookout for new ways in which hotels, such as BEST WESTERN Monkbar, can further enhance their commitment to going green.”

Beacon was recently shortlisted for a Considerate Hotelier Award for the work it has carried out with BEST WESTERN Monkbar in order to reduce its carbon footprint.