Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Center: Extra Environmental Efforts earn Green Globe Re-Certification

Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Center: Extra Environmental Efforts earn Green Globe Re-Certification
February 14, 2013 Arton Kabashi

Feb 12, 2013, Los Angeles, CA – Green Globe announces re-certification of the Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Center in the Netherlands. In line with Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts philosophy to contribute to a positive future, this property has demonstrated corporate social responsibility and sustainable practices for the past few years.

“The award of this prestigious certification to our hotel is a satisfying recognition of all the extra efforts made last year in all aspects of operation,” said Albert Rouwendal, General Manager at the Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Center and Director of Operations Benelux. “Our goal is to ensure that company facilities and operations are in compliance with environmental standards, leaving a considerably smaller carbon footprint. Sustainability should be on top of everybody’s mind during daily business, and it is our objective to increase awareness among our staff and guests. We have to keep asking ourselves whether we can work more sustainable and continuously try to find the best possible solutions.”

A long term sustainability management system is in effect at the Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam, and the property only uses 100% sustainable energy. Monthly energy and water consumption is recorded and benchmarked. The hotel’s zero-impact policy encourages guests to support a carbon-neutral stay. Cleaning of bed linen and bathrooms are provided on request, or every two days, all cleaning products are non-toxic and eco-labeled. Waste volume, weight and reduction goals are specified, a comprehensive reuse and recycle policy is in place. At Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam special effort is being made to choose local producers, and 90% of all products purchased by the hotel are produced by Dutch suppliers adhering to eco-friendly practices.

The Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam actively promotes the philosophy of volunteerism, and supports a number of local programs, contributing to a positive environment. Staff members volunteer with ‘Laat ze maar lachen’, a local foundation that organizes activities for children, who live a life below poverty line. Regular donations are being made to ‘Vonk’, a research program to fight special types of child cancer, and developing new medications to cure more patients.

Green Globe Certification’s CEO, Guido Bauer, commented, “We are delighted to award re-certification to the Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Center. Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has taken a systematic approach to measure all the operational savings that have been made through the reduction of energy and water usage and non-recyclable waste. At the same time real commitments have been made to support the communities who host their hotels and resorts.”

About Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, an international upscale hotel management company with over 16,000 staff members, is represented in over 24 countries with 78 hotels, resorts, and Nile cruisers currently in operation. More than 30 properties are planned or under construction, including Soma Bay (Egypt), Chiang Mai and KohSamui (Thailand), Palawan (Philippines), Dubai (UAE), Sanya (Haiman Island, China), Djerba and Tozeur (Tunisia).
Focusing on expansion in its core markets of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts specializes in business and conference hotels, as well as holiday resorts, all reflecting a sense of place and respect for their local communities. Of Swiss heritage and headquartered in Zurich, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is passionate about delivering premium service and culinary enjoyment – all with a personal touch. Committed to sustainable environments, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has become the most Green Globe certified hotel company in the world.
The hotel company is owned by the Mövenpick Holding (66.7%) and the Kingdom Group (33.3%). For more information, please visit www.moevenpick.com.

Contact:
Dirje van Laar
Marketing Supervisor
Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Center
Piet Heinkade 11
1019 BR Amsterdam
Netherlands
Phone +31 (0) 519 1200
Email Dirje.VanLaar@moevenpick.com
www.moevenpick-hotels.com

About Green Globe Certification
Green Globe Certification is the worldwide sustainability system based on internationally accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. Operating under a worldwide license, Green Globe Certification is based in California, USA and is represented in over 83 countries. Green Globe Certification is a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, supported by the United Nations Foundation. For information visit www.greenglobe.com

Contact:
Green Globe Certification
Phone +1-310-337-3000
Fax +1-310-626-9982
prlax@greenglobe.com
www.greenglobe.com