The Future begins today at Mövenpick Hotel Zürich-Airport

The Future begins today at Mövenpick Hotel Zürich-Airport
May 2, 2014 Arton Kabashi

‘The Future begins today’ is the motto at Mövenpick Hotel Zürich-Airport in Switzerland. This modern property counts among the top performing Green Globe members worldwide, and impresses with its outstanding sustainable operations and management.

“It is our goal to strive for perfection, and we are deeply committed to live the Green Globe principles on a daily basis,” said Sandy Decker, Environmental Officer at the hotel. “Our recent re-certification, with a score of 97% against the Green Globe criteria, cements our commitment to continually refine the level of understanding of sustainability, and periodically take time to implement improvements wherever possible.”

A wide range of green initiatives, such as waste reduction and recycling, increasing energy efficiency, environmental education, and community outreach, have been integrated at Mövenpick Hotel Zürich-Airport. The hotel currently participates in a pilot project, testing paperless guest check-in/out. Guests are encouraged to reduce their carbon footprint and preserving water resources. The info touch screen, located in the lobby, provides information on the hotel’s sustainability policy.

“We have to realize that even the small things, easy to do for everyone, bring us closer to a sustainable society. We all have to learn to carefully use our resources and not to waste them,” adds Sandy Decker.

Considerable efforts have been made to educate staff and reach out into the wider community, creating a property clearly dedicated to both personal responsibility and informing, empowering and improving its surrounding environment.

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts uses the framework for Strategic Sustainable Development, a proven science based model helping businesses to better understand and integrate sustainability in its strategy and operations. The framework was initiated by the Swedish born international NGO, The Natural Step (www.thenaturalstep.org). The framework contains logical guidelines to identify current challenges, future possibilities and smart-step-wise approaches to move towards sustainability and to capitalize on a more distinguished way of sustainability driven markets.

The Mövenpick Hotel Zürich-Airport is actively involved with the Climate Cent Foundation, a voluntary measure of the Swiss industry aimed at efficient climate protection. The foundation invests in projects designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, both in Switzerland and abroad. Emissions reductions are determined following nationally and internationally recognized guidelines, and can be claimed by Switzerland towards the fulfillment of its reduction target.

About Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, an international upscale hotel management company with over 16,000 staff members, is represented in 25 countries with 80 hotels, resorts, and Nile cruisers currently in operation. Around 30 properties are planned or under construction, including Chiang Mai and Koh Samui (Thailand), Istanbul (Turkey), Shanghai (China), and Marrakech (Morocco).
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:
Sandy Decker
Environmental Officer
Mövenpick Hotel Zurich-Airport
Walter Mittelholzerstrasse 8
8152 Glattbrugg Zurich
Switzerland
Phone +41 44 808 8180
Fax +41 44 808 8179
Email sandy.decker@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