Accor PLANET 21 Programme Encourages Sustainable Winter Activities

August 7, 2012

Accor New Zealand is working hard to incorporate sustainable practices to all of their hotels with the PLANET 21 programme. Using the 21 commitments and 7 pillars, they actively work towards building environmentally friendly hotels and communities with employees and guests alike. With the goals of PLANET 21 in mind, Accor New Zealand encourages both locals and tourists to remember sustainability during the winter season while enjoying activities with family and friends.

With Accor hotels, and the great deals that are available, it is easy to indulge in your favourite activities while saving on room rates. Accor New Zealand has strongly boosted the sustainability of their hotels with the help of the PLANET 21 programme. That makes travelling this season to your number one snowy peak for a weekend of skiing easy, inexpensive, and environmentally friendly. Always remember to be responsible and respectful of the environment on the slopes.

Enjoy a weekend of winter hiking while enjoying a sustainable stay at an Accor New Zealand hotel. Hiking not only leaves a small carbon footprint, but also gives you an opportunity to appreciate nature and learn more about it. There are tons of beautiful snow dusted hikes to enjoy near many different Accor New Zealand locations. Be sure to layer up in extra cold locations and bring something to carry your garbage and recycling in. Local wild life will thank you!

Stay warm this winter guilt-free courtesy of Accor New Zealand. Since 2011, Accor has reduced energy use by 5.5%. They are steadily working towards reducing CO2 emissions by 10% by 2015 and have increased the use of renewable energy everywhere they can.

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PLANET21 Focuses On Why Sustainability Matters

August 3, 2012

Sustainability is the main focus of Accor New Zealand’s PLANET 21 programme. They have gone to many lengths to reduce their carbon footprint, protect the environment, and encourage other companies to do the same. So why is sustainability so important? The answer is simple: to prolong the life of our planet and its inhabitants. Accor New Zealand is working hard to teach current and future generations how to accomplish this goal more effectively with the help of PLANET 21.

Sustainability isn’t easy. In the past 20 years, global waste has increased 150%, with only 10% of that waste being properly recycled. Pollution stemming from local waste dumps has become an international concern, but many people still ignore the storage problem as well: at the rate of which waste is growing, where will it be stored?

Sustainability goes beyond protecting the earth. Poverty, malnutrition, and lack of education are also huge issues to address. Nearly one billion people suffer from malnutrition while the dietary habits of more prosperous nations has become a major source cardiovascular diseases. The struggle for a healthy life is everywhere. Everyone can benefit from a more sustainable community by educating the illiterate and employing people without jobs. This would raise awareness to both a healthier lifestyle and the growing concerns of the environment in which we live.

With so many serious obstacles, it seems as though sustainability would be a difficult goal to achieve, but it is not so. The Planet 21 Programme outlines every way Accor New Zealand is taking steps to create a more sustainable planet using their 7 pillars and 21 commitments. With support, Accor and other businesses who are taking a step towards sustainability, can reach their goals, and easily go beyond expectations.

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