Environmental Management System

Environmental management at Martin’s Hotels


An Environmental Management System (EMS) allows all companies who wish to embrace sustainable development to reduce the impact of their activities on the planet. That is the case for Martin’s Hotels, the only hotel group in Belgium to have been awarded EMAS and ISO 14001 certification.

The EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) certification was chosen because it is an environmental management tool developed by the European Commission and because it promotes continuous improvement in various stages:
•    environmental analysis of the activities – calculation of the carbon footprint
•    setting up of the EMS: objectives, resources, responsibilities, procedures, audit
•    introduction of good practices and action plans by an internal committee

Martin’s Hotels covers the following environmental aspects:
energies, water, ground and noise pollution, air quality, risks and security, sorting and management of waste, mobility and biodiversity.  

Thanks to this tool, Martin’s Hotels is in a position to considerably reduce its impact on global warming.

In view of the very nature of its activities, and the guest turnaround that these generate, Martin’s Hotels intends to accomplish this aim:

Through concrete actions

Good practices

Each staff member has received their personalised environmental identity card that lists the good practices specific to their job.

For example:

In the case of a chamber maid:
“I observe the dosage instructions of the cleaning products”
“I switch off the lights in the room and bathroom on my way out”
“I turn off the air conditioning/heating when leaving the room”
…  

In the case of a chef:
“I shut the cold storage room and switch off the light”
“I turn off or turn down the temperature of the oven(s) between services”
“I switch off the extractor hoods between services”


Applicable to all:
“I consider car pooling or use public transport whenever possible”
“I set the right example to colleagues and customers alike”
“I immediately report any environmental problems/ideas to the department concerned”

Action plans

An action plan has been compiled for each site (hotels, restaurants, spa, offices, etc.).

Here are a few examples:
-    Relamping (changing the bulbs in the rooms, corridors, conference rooms, offices, etc.)
-    Replacing the fleet of photocopiers with less energy-consuming models
-    Introducing sorting in the rooms
-    Insulation

 
Through training

Ongoing in-service training

Training courses are staged for all staff members, covering the global ‘Tomorrow needs today’ sustainable development project, its development and its results.

“Bespoke” training courses

These are organised on demand for a specific department, hotel, or again all of the sites, in response to any environmental issue that comes up.


Through information

Website

www.tomorrow-needs-today.com

Newsletters

Tomorrow Needs Today: our 3 concrete actions
ECO-INFO - May 2011

ECO-INFO - February 2012

ECO-INFO - December 2012

Press advertisements, reports and articles

b.there! Brussels Airline Magazine – March 2011
La Dernière Heure - 3 February 2011
France 2 - Télématin - 19 November 2010
Le Soir - Immo - 10 June 2010
Finance Management - April 2010
Trends Tendances - 18 February 2010
MIM Magazine – February 2010


Through incentives

Eco-Voucher

Zero Carbon

 

› Environmental Statement