Novotel Athenes, a member of the Accor group, recently obtained the ISO 14001 certification, an international reference in environmental management. This initiative is part of Accor’s sustainable development program, PLANET 21, which aims to certify 40 percent of the Group’s hotels by 2015.
The ISO 14001 certification involves the hotel’s continual improvement process, highlights employee commitment and raises guest awareness. It includes: employee training, rigorous monitoring of regulatory requirements, controlling of water and energy consumption through a dedicated action plan, waste management including the implementation of a sorting system, using more environmentally-friendly chemical and cleaning products, preserving biodiversity, systematically responding to complaints and information requests about the environment and implementing a procedure to cater for a possible environmental emergency.
In 2008, the Novotel family committed to an international environmental and social certification program called EarthCheck. By the end of 2012, 220 Novotel and Suite Novotel establishments were EarthCheck certified in 34 countries.
In 2012, the Novotel family reasserted its ambition and decided to move towards the ISO 14001 certification, which is the reference in environmental management and better suited to its international presence. By the end of 2013, 72 Novotel and Suite Novotel establishments in France and 225 around the world were already ISO 14001 certified.