According to the German hotel and lodging association (DEHOGA), high energy costs are one of the main problems hotel operators face.
Hence, the potential for savings is equally enormous. However, it is not always possible to make radical changes — after all, it is important to also maintain ongoing operations. Many hoteliers are simply unable to find the time to examine the topic of energy efficiency, and not everyone has the required expertise or is aware of the savings potential of his building. However, sometimes big savings can already be achieved through a few small measures.
dena demonstrates what is possible: with 10 hostels and 24 hotels as an example, which cover the entire market spectrum and are participants in the “Check-in Energy Efficiency” pilot project. It has been scheduled for a total of four years (2015 to 2018) and comprises various phases. dena advises participants as an expert consultant, organises regular meetings for exchanging information and networking, manages public relations for the project, and advises on communications with staff members and guests.
It all begins with an energy consultation with a qualified energy efficiency expert, who scrutinises operations and compiles a comprehensive refurbishment roadmap. This is followed by the implementation phase by the hotel owners. What worked, and what didn't? An assessment is carried out at the end of the project, and optimisations are discussed: Participants can have their energy consumption evaluated for free. Upon conclusion of the efficiency measures, scientific analysis will be carried out on the energy consumption measured as part of the pilot project Energy-Optimised Construction (EnOB).
Depending on the energy-efficiency state of the building before refurbishment, final energy savings of 30 to 50 percent are possible. The real-world experience with the pilot project has a deep impact on the participating businesses, as they will get to realise their vision of sustainable accommodations step by step, and also make it possible for their guests to experience it. Hence, they themselves become ambassadors and multipliers for progress in the field of energy efficiency, making them role models for the hotel industry in Germany.
The pilot project is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the KfW. Partners from the industrial sector and the sciences include Daikin, Viessmann, and the pilot project Energy-Optimised Construction (EnOB). Media partners include the industry magazine Hotel&Technik and Superior Hotel.