Scandic receives gold medal for its environmental work
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) aims to promote sustainability in the travel industry as part of its work. GBTA founded its Gold Medal sustainability award to make things easier for travel buyers with an interest in sustainability issues. Now Scandic is the first hotel chain in Europe to receive this accolade.
'Naturally, we are extremely proud and pleased that our strong, long-term commitment to the environment has been recognised in this way,' says Inger Mattsson, Director of Sustainable Business at Scandic.
'We believe that GBTA’s project is the start of something big and that it will help travel buyers to choose the best suppliers. We hope the Gold Medal will become an established award in the travel industry,' Mattson continues.
GBTA’s board was impressed by Scandic’s work on sustainability issues – in particular the innovative leadership shown, the industry collaborations and the way all three social, environmental and economic aspects are addressed in Scandic’s international sustainability programme. Scandic’s sustainability work It was back in 1993 that Scandic began developing what is now the industry’s leading sustainability programme, which ensures that sound environmental, economic and social considerations are incorporated into everyday decisions within the business. Since 1996, Scandic has cut its water consumption by 21%, energy consumption by 24% and carbon dioxide emissions by 65%.