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URBN Hotel Shanghai: China's 1st carbon-neutral hotel

2009-12-10 08:54 BJT

Special Report: UN climate change conference in Copenhagen |

With the Copenhagen climate talks underway, some local businesses in Shanghai are putting carbon-offsetting ideas into practice. CCTV reporter takes us to a low carbon hotel that offers an experience beyond traditional guesthouses.

Since its opening in 2008, the Urbn Hotel Shanghai has been committed to reducing or neutralizing all carbon emissions related to its operation. The hotel tracks the total amount of energy it consumes, including staff transport, food and beverage delivery, and the energy used by each guest, in order to calculate a carbon footprint. The hotel says it then neutralizes that footprint by investing in local "green" energy development and emission reduction projects.

Nicholas Parkinson-Bates, General Manager of the URBN Hotel Shanghai, said, "Our carbon emission is about 1,000 tons of CO2 per year. We are reducing that figure every year. We have consultants coming in regularly to ensure minimum pollution is created."

As what it says is China's first carbon-neutral hotel, Urbn Hotel Shanghai has also been trying to maximize its energy efficiency. It has installed things like a water-based air conditioning system, heat recovery ventilators, and roofing insulation.