Water, Energy, Paper & Waste Reduction
There are four areas that we focus on: saving water, saving energy, reducing the use of paper and reducing waste. We have set targets to ensure that we see significant savings across all our properties in the world.
Eco-conscious living comprises: reuse, reduce and recycle. Reducing is a big part of Ascott’s eco practices. There are four areas that we focus on: saving water, saving energy, reducing the use of paper and reducing waste. These reductions also translate to saving costs –use less, pay less– which is always good news for us and for you. We have set targets to ensure that we see significant savings across all our properties in the world.
Here are some examples of we have done in our properties that, we hope, will give you ideas on how you, too, can save the Earth and your pocket.
At the Citadines Trafalgar Square London, we have installed “Save-a-Flush” devices in our water cisterns. “Save-a-Flush” is a bag which is placed at the bottom of the cistern beneath the flush float. Within six hours, the bag swells up to displace one litre of water so that each time the cistern fills up, it needs one litre less of water. We save one litre (0.0001 m³) of water per flush which usually uses eight litres. The property would save approximately 12.5 per cent of their yearly water consumption.
A big deal from one small bag.
At Somerset JieFangBei Chongqing, we replaced 800 11-volt lamps with four-volt lamps in public areas. This translates to savings of approximately over 3,500 kilowatt hours per month, which can power up to 25 average-sized refrigerators.
We are trying to go as paperless as possible in our corporate work. Since 2009, we developed an electronic version of the Ascott Serviced Residence Directory, available for download online. This has helped us reduce the number of print copies; saving approximately 8,160kg of paper per year!