For the NH Hotel Group, sustainability drives innovation, seeking to surprise our guests as well as achieving efficiencies in the use of water and energy. In our responsible commitment to the Planet, we work to minimise our impact on Climate Change, increase the efficiency of resources and develop more sustainable products. All this minimises our environmental footprint with responsible consumption of natural resources.
In 2018, the implementation of the sustainability initiative continued. This initiative gives continuity to the environmental achievements of recent years. Thus, compared to 2007, per Average Daily Room energy consumption has been reduced by 31%, water consumption by 27% and our carbon footprint by 67%. NH Hotel Group is committed to renewable energy, which reduces its carbon footprint. This consumption of green energy, certified as renewable, is available in 79% of our hotels in Spain, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, covering 90% of the total electricity consumed in Europe.
NH Hotel Group holds certificates ISO 14001 for environmental management and ISO 50001 for energy efficiency in accommodation, catering, meetings and events. As well as the overall certificates held by the company, 137 of its hotels hold certificates including BREEAM, LEED, Green Key, Hoteles+Verdes, ISO 14001 and ISO 50001, all recognised by the GSTC (Global Sustainable Tourism Council).
NH Hotel Group has reported its climate change commitment and strategy to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) since 2010. In 2018, the Company obtained an A- rating on the Climate Index, placing NH Hotel Group among the leading companies in the adoption of measures to effectively reduce emissions, which is indicative of advanced environmental management. This result positions the company above the average for its sector and region.
Likewise, the NH Hotel Group forms part of FTSE4 Good, an index on the London Stock Exchange which recognises the socially responsible behaviour of companies worldwide.