Hong Kong – InterContinental Hong Kong is the only hotel in Hong Kong and also the first IHG property globally to achieve a Gold certification from EarthCheck, an acclaimed recognition of sustainability efforts in the travel and tourism sector.

Having earned a Silver Certification in 2009, InterContinental Hong Kong made further progress by reporting its environmental footprint and adhering to an internationally-recognised standard of best practice. For the past five years, it focused on waste recycling and reduction, energy savings, green purchasing and environmental activities.

Each year leading to the Gold certification, the property had to submit 12 months of operational data to EarthCheck, and was evaluated on key indicators such as energy and water consumption, total waste production, and community commitment.

EC3 Global CEO, Stewart Moore, congratulated InterContinental Hong Kong for its hard work, adding: “This year, EarthCheck supported InterContinental Hong Kong’s highly successful ‘Breathing Hong Kong Video Competition’, which was aimed at increasing environmental awareness about air pollution in Hong Kong.

“As a key member of the judging panel for this competition, I was fortunate enough to witness the team’s tireless commitment to implementing numerous sustainability initiatives to promote green living, not just to its hotel guests and employees, but also within their local community.”