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Making meetings more sustainable

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Sustainability has become a major consideration for every business. Whatever we do, there is a responsibility to reduce our impact on the environment. And meetings are no different. In fact, Marriott Bonvoy Events conducted research with meeting bookers revealing that over 60% of them consider sustainability when they choose a venue.

Sustainability in meeting venues as standard

The London Heathrow Marriott provides an excellent case study of some of the environmental initiatives Marriott International has introduced. Like with a lot of things, change had to start from the top. So, we went up to the roof. And in 2012, installed a greenhouse complete with a windmill and solar panels as well as a greenhouse built to provide the hotel kitchen with fresh herbs and vegetables.

The windmill is a clever way of harnessing wind power to light up the LED Marriott sign. It reduces a huge amount of electricity every day. It’s estimated to save a staggering 12 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year.

A greener hotel

New, water-saving bathroom fittings have made a big contribution. The hotel’s water usage has been reduced by 25.91% since 2015. Whilst bringing laundry services in-house has saved a staggering 1.7 million litres of water a year.

Meeting our commitments on waste

By 2025, Marriott International has pledged to reduce the amount of waste the business sends to landfill by 45% and food waste by 50%. Once again, London Heathrow Marriott is at the forefront in helping us meet our commitments. Anna Zadurska, the Executive Chef, is a real champion of food waste reduction. In her ‘Food Waste Lab’, the kitchen team has come up with ingenious ways to use seemingly waste products in their recipes. Finding a delicious new use for everything from banana peel to watermelon skin! The banana peel burger is fast becoming a favourite.

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Award-winning sustainability in meeting venues

As a result of its efforts, London Heathrow Marriott has been awarded the prestigious Keep Britain Tidy Green Key award. This is well-deserved recognition of the hotel’s contribution to increasing the use of sustainable methods and technology and creating behavioural change in staff, guests and suppliers alike.

LONDON HEATHROW MARRIOTT HOTEL

Bath Road, London Heathrow UB3 5AN

Tel: 020 8990 1159

Email: mhrs.lhrhr.events@marriotthotels.com

londonheathrowmarriott.co.uk