Green Globe Gold Awarded to InterContinental Paris – Le Grand Hotel

Green Globe Gold Awarded to InterContinental Paris – Le Grand Hotel
June 17, 2020 Bradley Cox

Offering historic charm in central Paris, the InterContinental Paris – Le Grand Hotel’s luxurious rooms and suites have superb views of the world-famous Palais Garnier, home to the esteemed Paris Opera. With an illustrious history hosting the most exclusive events in Paris, its spectacular Salon Opera ballroom has been magnificently restored to reach new heights of elegance.

Green Globe awarded Gold status to the InterContinental Paris – Le Grand Hotel in December last year, marking five consecutive years of certification.

The five-star hotel’s first sustainability development committee was formed in 2007. The 19-person committee’s aim was to establish a policy of solid sustainable development taking into account the historic building itself and the hotel’s management and operations which would be handled with a distinct green approach. The committee continues to hold monthly meetings to ensure new and current sustainable initiatives are implemented and maintained accordingly.

New Renovations & Sustainable Technology

InterContinental Paris – Le Grand Hotel was originally built in 1862. Renovation works, overseen by Bouygues Construction, are currently in progress throughout the monumental property. All new rooms will be equipped with energy efficient appliances and 12 rooms have been specifically designed for access by guests with disabilities or reduced mobility.

Using IHG’s Green Engage online system, the property is able to measure and manage all energy, water and waste. Different measures including water pressure regulators and low flow water devices are installed to minimize water consumption while heating and cooling temperatures are also regulated and monitored. All lighting has been replaced with LED and motion sensors fitted to reduce energy usage.

Too Good To Go & Horizon Bobage

In 2019, the IHG Paris Hotel started a new original and innovative initiative. Unsold food remaining from daily breakfasts such as croissants and other delicious goods usually end up in a bin. However, the hotel decided to join the Too Good To Go program where food is offered via an app at reasonable, cheaper prices to online customers.

This seemingly simple zero waste solution is proving a win-win situation for everyone including wildlife. Part of the InterContinental Paris- Le Grand’s environmental plan is to support biodiversity projects. In true circular economic style, funds raised through the Too Good To Go initiative are redistributed to Horizon Bocage, an association involved in tree planting in Western France. The trees will provide a natural source of shelter and food which directly helps and positively impacts on local wildlife conservation.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

An extensive waste management plan is in place at the hotel. Recycling initiatives include biowaste, used oil, cartons and paper, printer cartridges, used bulbs, and soaps. Organic waste is also collected by the society “Moulinot” and turned into fertilizer and compost.

In addition, to assist local residents in the community, retired amenities such as dental kits and shaving sets were donated to the local charity group, Secours Catholique, as part of the IHG True Hospitality for Good 2019 campaign.

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