Hotels to become environmentally friendly
By Xin Dingding (China Daily)
Updated: 2006-02-07 06:20
China is set to have 10,000 environmentally friendly hotels by 2010 as part
of effort to improve ecological awareness in the hospitality industry.
The Ministry of Commerce, the National Development and Reform Commission
(NDRC) and four other governmental departments called on industry bosses to
conserve energy in their businesses in a circular issued recently.
It said a State standard on "green hotels" would be drafted and enacted soon.
The circular added that 10,000 hotels were expected to be guided to set up
eco-friendly managerial systems and facilities and adopt technologies that
conserve water and energy and reduce waste.
The NDRC will work out policies that support the promotion of energy-saving
technologies and products.
"By means such as taxes and expanded government procurement, energy-saving
technologies and products will be promoted in the market," said Lu Wenbin, an
official with the NDRC.
The China Hotels Association drafted and put into effect an industry standard
of green hotels three years ago. According to the standard, green hotels should
not only provide safe rooms and healthy food, but also conserve energy and be
There are currently more than 300 hotels that have come under the
Zhang Jun, senior staff with the association, which will participate in
drafting the new, stricter State standard, said the new regulations would
strengthen the requirements on both energy conservation and environmental
"It means that hotels should establish an effective managerial system to
control energy consumption in order to comply with the new standard," he said.
"It is much more complicated than stopping providing throw-away toothbrushes."
Many existing green hotels have themselves called for improvements in current
energy-saving technologies and facilities.
Wang Li, from the State-funded Jianguo Hotel Managing Company, which runs 13
hotels, said that some existing energy-saving techniques were not feasible in
the hospitality industry, such as using recycled water.
He said it required a huge investment to dig holes throughout the hotel
buildings to install new pipes.
"We support the move of creating green hotels, but we need to be convinced
that these new technologies or products actually deserve the money we put in,"
he said. Statistics with the China Hotels Association show that there are more
than 200,000 hotels on the Chinese mainland.
(China Daily 02/07/2006 page2)