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Scandic Berlin Kurfürstendamm awarded Green Globe certificate – third Scandic hotel in Germany to be recognized for excellence in sustainability

Press Release   •   Feb 15, 2017 07:00 GMT

Scandic Berlin Kurfürstendamm has been awarded with the Green Globe certificate for its sustainability initiatives, bringing the number of Scandic hotels in Germany with the designation to three.

Green Globe is the global certification for sustainable tourism. The certification is based on third-party independent audits of a company’s sustainability performance and their supply chain partners. The standard, which takes into account criteria such as eco-friendliness and social responsibility, includes 44 core criteria supported by more than 380 compliance indicators and it is reviewed and updated twice a year.

Scandic Berlin Kurfürstendamm received the Green Globe certificate for its excellence in sustainability work including waste separation and recycling programs as well as careful selection of suppliers. The hotel was also recognized for its food waste reduction program that includes the introduction of a wrapping station at the breakfast buffet as well as other measures such as using green energy from Greenpeace Energy and eco-friendly, refillable products from Face Stockholm.

“The Green Globe certificate gives us the chance to show our efforts in sustainability within a comparable, international scale. But to keep the Green Globe, a company needs to maintain its sustainability goals year round. This will give us an extra push to improve further and work with sustainability as an integrated process across all of our operations,” says Steffen Seichter, Director of E-Distribution at Scandic Hotels Germany.

The hotel’s sustainability strategy for the year includes converting existing lighting to LED lamps to reduce energy consumption and installing hand dryers to replace paper towels. Additionally, 15 percent of the hotel’s rooms will be converted into allergy-friendly rooms.

“We’re constantly developing new ideas to make our operations even more sustainable, and we will not rest on the success we already achieved,” says Seichter.

Scandic’s other two hotels in Germany, Berlin Potsdamer Platz and Scandic Hamburg Emporio, have had the Green Globe certificate for excellence in sustainability since 2012.

For more information, please contact:
Elin Westin, Director of Communication, Scandic Hotels Group
Email: elin.westin@scandichotels.com
Phone: +46 702 777526

Steffen H. Seichter, Director E-Distribution, Scandic Hotels Germany
Email: steffen.seichter@scandichotels.com

Scandic is the largest hotel company in the Nordic region with 14,400 team members and a network of close to 230 hotels with about 44,000 hotel rooms in operation and under development. Scandic Friends is the biggest loyalty program in the Nordic hotel sector with 1.9 million members. Corporate responsibility has always been a part of Scandic’s DNA and Scandic has been named Best Hotel Brand in the Nordic countries (BDRC). Since December 2, 2015, Scandic has been listed on Nasdaq Stockholm.

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