2014 Registration Document and Annual Financial Report - page 66

Environmental commitments
Accor’s proprietary BOOST system involves a comprehensive
analysis of a hotel’s technical operations and energy
performance. It takes the form of an in-depth audit, over
three days on average, with tests in rooms, on heating,
ventilation and air conditioning systems, and on water and
electricity distribution. Data and machine operations are
analyzed and then shared with the hotel technical team to
identify areas for savings and define action plans. Audits
are carried out by specially trained BOOST experts (Accor
personnel) or, in regions where there are few technical
teams, by specially instructed teams of an outside service
provider with expertise in energy efficiency.The audits also
stimulate the transfer of skills and know-how, facilitating
long-term improvements in hotel management.
The improvement measures proposed following the
16 BOOST audits carried out in 2014 should bring cost
savings estimated at €830,000, as well as reducing energy
consumption by around 11 GWh and CO
emissions by around
4.5 tonnes. Accor plans to roll out this method across Latin
America and Europe from 2015 onward.
BOOST, to improve energy performance
Hotel energy performance in 2014
To track its hotels’ intrinsic energy performance, Accor uses the
industry-standard indicator of kWh per available room.
All of Accor’s owned, leased and managed hotels track monthly
energy consumption using the OPEN application.
Total energy use
In GWh
Total energy use
Total energy use
(like-for-like, 2012-2014)
In kWh per available room
Average energy ratio
Average energy ratio
(like-for-like, 2012-2014)
Energy ratio adjusted for the impact of weather
conditions and occupancy rates
(like-for-like, 2012-2014)
Scope of reporting
2012 2013
Number of applicable hotels
1,855 1,912 1,940
Response rate
79% 87% 88%
Number of audited hotels
1,465 1,663 1,708
Number of hotels (like-for-like,
959 959 959
On a like-for-like basis, energy use in kWh per available room across
the Accor Group fell by 4.5% from 2011 to 2014.
Adjusted for the impact of weather conditions and occupancy
rates, kWh per available room declined by around 3.7% from 2011
to 2014
. This is the most accurate figure for expressing Accor’s
intrinsic energy performance.
Though Accor’s energy use is trending downwards, it is not on track
to meet the 10% reduction targeted for 2015.We are therefore going
to continue deploying dedicated programs to improve and optimize
energy management in the hotels, such as the BOOST method for
optimizing the management of utility installations.
Energy performance in hotel construction
Managing energy performance
in hotel construction
Because a building’s architecture, design and construction play a
vital role in reducing its environmental footprint, more and more
countries are defining construction standards that improve a building’s
energy performance and minimize its impact on surrounding
ecosystems. As a professional hotel builder, Accor has acquired
extensive environmental engineering expertise. It regularly tightens
its standards and conducts pilot projects to design hotels that are
ever more efficient in using energy, water and potentially harmful
chemicals and materials.
An internal standard listing all of Accor’s international guidelines
for hotel construction and refurbishment was published in 2013.
The document covers many of the issues to be examined during
a hotel construction or renovation project, including energy,
water, biodiversity, pollution, disamenities and compliance with
environmental standards.This document is issued to Accor project
managers in different countries for guidance during construction
and renovation operations. It is also issued to the managers of
managed and franchised hotels.
(1) On the basis of data available for 711 hotels in the like-for-like reporting scope of 959.
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