Practical actions at hotels and restaurants
Restel contributes to the prevention of global climate change. Currently, Restel is using Fortum Carbon Free electricity, which is produced in an environmentally friendly manner. Electricity bearing the Fortum Carbon Free eco-label is 100% carbon dioxide free and produced at Nordic nuclear power plants or from renewable energy sources. The objective is to integrate the efficient use of energy as well as to monitor and develop energy efficiency as a part of our daily routines.
Restel is involved in the EU Energy Efficiency Agreement project, which in Finland is administered by the Ministry of Employment and the Economy. The project aims at achieving a 9 per cent reduction in energy consumption among all EU member states by the year 2016.
A total of 38 hotels are participating in the Energy Efficiency project. We are committed to pursuing a reduction in energy consumption that will total 10,300 MWh less in 2020 than in 2005 – the reduction is equal to the annual consumption of 500 homes with electrical heating.
Hotel guests may, through their own choices, contribute to energy conservation. For instance, in hotel rooms, we have posted messages to remind our guests to close the windows and switch off the lights whenever they leave their room.
Use and conservation of water resources
Hotel guests are requested to hang up their towels as long as they wish to reuse them. By doing so, they can have a direct impact on the amount of laundry, and thus reduce the environmental load of the hotel.
The water appliances in hotel bathrooms are equipped with water flow limiters, and the room temperatures are controlled and adjusted on a daily basis.
In spas, water usage is constantly monitored by means of water meters. A computerized system enables us to limit the amount of water consumption and exchange to an exact amount of litres/person/hour.
Our spas invest in modern water-saving appliances. Some of our spas recover the thermal energy from hot water used in showers and utilize it for heating. The periodic spa water flushings are planned in accordance with the actual usage and seasonal needs.
At hotels and many restaurants, the bathrooms are equipped with water flow limiters.
Shell HelmiSimpukka service stations use detergents with a minimal environmental load in their car wash and dishwashers.
Only environmentally non-harmful chemicals are used in cleaning and washing.