[photopress:beijing_railway_hotel_1.jpg,full,alignright]Beijing wants to reduce the energy used by hotels. The Beijing Development and Reform Commission (BDRC) plans to select 30 star hotels this year to pilot a city-wide program with a target of a 10 per cent reduction in energy consumption. Five hotels — Xiyuan Hotel, Qianmen Hotel, Beijing Railway Hotel, Hepingli Hotel, and Winterless Hotel — will be in the first batch.
An example of possible energy saving measures is hotels changing to a more efficient lighting system.
Du Jiang, director of Beijing Tourism Administration, said, ‘Saving energy and reducing consumption have become major tasks for the whole of society, and the hotel sector is one of the major energy consumption industries in China.’
There are more than 660 star hotels in Beijing and 112 of them have signed agreements with the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) to provide services. Du Jiang said the hotels in Beijing are the windows for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and they have a direct impact on whether or not the concept of Green Olympics can be achieved.
Source: China Daily