Hospitality green trainer appointed for COP26

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COP26 green hospitality trainer appointed

Hamish Sherlock

UK: Fifty Shades Greener has been selected as the Scottish hospitality sector’s green trainer to all COP26 accommodation in preparation for the United Nation’s climate convention this autumn. 

From October 31 to November 12, 2021, world leaders from across the globe are set to attend the UN’s 2021 Climate Change Convention, or COP26, in Glasgow. The event is expected to help boost the local economy after the pandemic year. 

Glasgow Council leader, Susan Aitken, said: “Welcoming delegates and visitors for COP26 has the potential to provide a wonderful, well-timed boost for our hospitality sector after an exceptionally difficult period. Although we hope participants will be able to enjoy all that Glasgow and Scotland have to offer, our hotels will be key to providing the warm welcome for which both are known the world over. Hotels are working hard to ensure their facilities also reflect our values on sustainability – which is a great demonstration of the pride we take as hosts of COP26 and the green legacy it can deliver for the whole country.”

In preparation for the event, MCI Global, the official hotel partner for COP26, has decided to appoint Fifty Shades Greener to assist the hospitality industries that will be will be accommodating the conference in Glasgow, Edinburgh, and beyond, to become more green. 

Fifty Shades Greener, which was founded in 2017, offers online training programs to help hotels and secondary schools create strategies to become carbon neutral, a goal of the UN Climate Council, through minimising the hotel’s usage of energy, water, and waste. In the past, the organisation has been successful in bringing several Irish hotels to carbon neutral, and leaders of Fifty Shades Greener are confident in the Scottish sector’s ability to reach carbon neutrality as well. 

Hamish Sherlock, head of Fifty Shades Greener in the UK said: “With over 166 accommodation providers registered with MCI Global, there is a lot of potential to make an impact on the nation’s carbon emissions. The UN Climate Summit aims to achieve global net zero by mid-century and thankfully many of Scotland’s hotels are already working to achieve this. Whether they are taking their first steps towards becoming greener or are already green leaders, we look forward to working with them; providing realistic and cost effective techniques to enable their business to reach that carbon neutrality milestone.”

He added: “Many people falsely believe it costs a lot to go carbon neutral, but in reality a large focus is on behavioural changes which doesn’t cost a penny but can save a lot of pounds. By optimising the performance of equipment and training employees around energy use and energy-saving behaviours, we help develop systems and strategies that can be implemented by employees at all levels of the business. We focus on practical behavioural changes to help save energy and often even the seemingly simplest changes, like closing doors, can save potentially thousands of pounds every year and have a dramatic impact on carbon emissions.”

Richard Torriani, chief operating officer for the Americas and global vice president of strategic events at MCI Global, said: “As a company with a global and local reach, we have the means to accelerate change and promote a more sustainable and inclusive society. Together with Fifty Shades Greener and Hamish Sherlock we see a world in transition, where people need to meet online and face-to-face to develop solutions to the world’s most significant challenges. We look forward to working to build a powerful legacy facilitating the transformation towards a more sustainable planet, a just society and a growing economy.”

Fifty Shades Greener plans on offering its online programs to the Scottish hospitality sector for a 30 per cent discount leading up to the convention. More information can be found here

Janice Fisher, general manager at Novotel Glasgow and co-chair at the Greater Glasgow Hotel Association, said: “We urge all hotels across Glasgow and Scotland to avail of this vital training. We are currently enrolled on the programme and our team finds the training platform easy to use. We’re looking forward to seeing some significant savings too, and after the year the hospitality industry has had, it is certainly needed.”

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