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Holiday Inn Colchester

Holiday Inn Colchester
Abbotts Lane, Eight Ash Green,
Colchester
CO6 3QL, United Kingdom

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Our Pledge


Sustainability & Being a Responsible Business

We have fully implemented IHG Green Engage to operate in a more environmentally-friendly way. With one eye on tomorrow, our hotel has pledged to become Carbon Neutral by 2040 – 10 years ahead of the Paris Accord Target.

We recognise that our actions should reflect our commitment to positively contribute to the world around us and with the recent UN IPCC “code red warning for humanity” firmly concluding the correlation between human activity and the climate crisis, we are taking decisive action now to mitigate climate disaster.

Sustainability

Low Impact Choices for our Guests

As part of our roadmap to Net Zero, we are giving our guests choices to be more sustainable when staying with us. From sustainable events packages to paperless check-in, or having calories noted on our menus, to committing to serving a local beer in our hotel by the end of 2022, we're working hard to ensure our guests can make informed choices when staying with us.  

Low Impact Choices for our Guests As part of our roadmap to Net Zero, we are giving our guests choices to be more sustainable wh

Our Commitments 

  • We’re committed to sourcing 50% of our food and beverage within 50 miles
  • We will serve at least one local beer and offer Sea Change Wine – helping to protect our oceans
  • We are committed to only service in-season produce
  • We’re offering more plant-based alternatives on our menus, with ‘green’ dishes clearly noted 
  • We are working towards increasing EV charging at our hotels
  • We offer a paper-less check in and check-out option
  • Recycling bins are available throughout the hotel
  • We use bulk bathroom amenities for shampoo and body wash to reduce single-use packaging
  • We have eliminated the use of plastic straws 
  • We are phasing out single-use plastic water bottles throughout 2022
  • We’re working hard to create greener events packages
  • We are working to remove all items contributing to deforestation 
Our Commitments

Biodiversity

  • We are partnering with Rewards Earth to plant one tree for every employee - helping to offset carbon and fight climate change. The tree planting takes place with the Green Task Force to help veterans find employment and overcome PTSD
  • We endeavour to keep our outdoor areas  as natural as possible to support biodiversity 
  • Our hotel is committed to implementing more biodiversity initiatives by end of 2022
  • Through our partnership with Planet Mark, we are helping protect an area of endangered rainforest thanks to Cool Earth; a charity working alongside rainforest communities to halt deforestation.
Biodiversity

Our Community

  • Our charity partner is the Trussell Trust which supports a nationwide network of more than 1,300 food bank centres providing emergency food and financial support to people facing hardship
  • Our team members use their time and skills at least once a year to get involved in local events and activities
  • Our company team building events are organised in line with sustainability commitments and to benefit the wider community
Our Community

Behind the Scenes

  • We are Planet Mark certified, having measured our scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions, to form our baseline emissions in which we will measure our annual carbon emission results going forwards, aiming to reduce our footprint by 10% by the end of 2022
  • We are working to reduce waste and partner with Too Good to Go to reduce food waste
  • The majority of lights in our hotel are changed to LED, we are working hard to replace them all
  • Aerators and water flow restrictors are installed on taps and showers
  • We are working to reduce the frequency of our deliveries to an average of three per week
  • Any of our new suppliers will only be contracted if they have a clear carbon reduction plan
  • We are working to install a hydrogen ready CHP unit
  • We’re sourcing pool covers for our You Fit clubs 
  • We are investing in Diversity and Inclusion training for all to strengthen our culture
  • We commit to no single-use plastic in the business by 2023 at the latest
  • Solar energy exploration to power our hotels is part of our long-term energy strategy
Behind the Scenes
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