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The five-star superior hotel receives another award  for effective environmental management

Berlin, 31 January 2017 – The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin is sustainable across the board. According to the high standards of the high-quality European environmental management system EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme), the hotel on the famous Potsdamer Platz was recognised for its outstanding sustainability for the sixth year in a row. In September 2011, the Grand Hotel submitted a binding environmental statement aimed at the continuous improvement of environmental protection and sustainability. All areas of the house were ecologically scrutinized and the result was an industry leading environmental management system with regular inspections. The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin is the first five-star superior hotel in Europe to combine exclusive luxury with sustainability.

Saving energy with luxury
Only one of many initiatives is the hotel’s change to ‘Green Energy’. The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin reduced its light energy consumption by using an environmentally friendly light system. In addition, The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin has been using 100% eco-electricity for six years now. The entire electricity consumption is managed by an energy management system, which comprises the three main components of voltage control system, building management system and lighting concept. In this way, energy consumption has been decreased by approx. 25 percent over the past five years. In the area of housekeeping, only eco-friendly cleaning products are used, and even the plants, flowerbeds and shrubs in the external areas are watered in an optimal and resource-friendly way using a time-controlled watering system. Starting this year, an eco-friendly electric car is available to the Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin for local trips and errands.

Regional and seasonal
Visitors of The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin can enjoy aromatic vegetables and look forward to delicious salads fresh from the hotel-owned organic field in the summer: the kitchen team of the restaurant Brasserie Desbrosses has been cultivating a 1-hectare field since 2014, and harvests 86 different types of vegetables for its guests all year round, such as rare turnips and beets, but also herbs and salad greens. The hotel obtains fish, meat and cheese from regional suppliers who work with organic fertilizing methods and practice humane animal husbandry. For breakfast, the kitchen team serves the hotel’s own honey produced by up to 400,000 honey bees during the summer months on the hotel roof. Thanks to the bees, a total of 311 kg of honey was produced in 2015, which guests can take home as a sweet souvenir. Guests can also take home cakes and desserts from the hotel patisseries, as well as the popular Christmas Goose-to-go, in sustainable transport boxes make from biodegradable raw materials.

Sustainable cooperations
The most important aspects of sustainable business include a modern recycling system.  The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin has been recycling its paper waste for around eight years in order to manufacture school exercise books for children in need. Up to 5,000 exercise books are distributed every year at the beginning of the school year to different social organizations and schools in the city, in cooperation with Recycling Berlin. Furthermore, the hotel hosts an environmental day once a year for primary schools, during which small visitors can learn more about environmental protection. In addition, The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin takes part in the recycling programme by TerraCycle Deutschland, in which ballpoint pens are recycled and reused, and also where donations for sustainable causes are generated. For an efficient use of resources and the sustainable environmental protection even the suppliers are actively involved. The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin has urged all its suppliers to deliver their goods in eco-friendly disposal boxes. All packing materials are returned to suppliers and disposable bottles are refused.

The Eco-Management and Audit Scheme EMASFor its efforts in the area of sustainability, The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin was awarded the EMAS Certificate for the fifth time running. EMAS was developed in 1993 by the European Community as an instrument for companies wishing to improve their commitment in the area of sustainability. The system offers a fixed framework, where compliance with environmental protection aspects can be integrated into day-to-day operations and which helps improve business-related environmental protection. An internally formed REACT team, led by a qualified environmental protection officer, ensures compliance with the strict sustainability requirements at The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin, and constantly seeks further optimizing potential. A binding environmental protection declaration summarizes all of the “green” initiatives of The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin, and can be found online at www.ritzcarlton.de/berlin.

A stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin can be reserved online at www.ritzcarlton.com, or by E-Mail at reservations.berlin@ritzcarlton.com and by phone at +49 (0) 33 777 6300.