China is set to have 10,000 environmentally friendly hotels by
2010 as part of effort to improve ecological awareness in the
The Ministry of Commerce, the National Development and Reform
Commission (NDRC) and four other governmental departments called on
industry bosses to conserve energy in their businesses in a
circular issued recently.
It said a State standard on "green hotels" would be drafted and
enacted soon. The circular added that 10,000 hotels were expected
to be guided to set up eco-friendly managerial systems and
facilities and adopt technologies that conserve water and energy
and reduce waste.
The NDRC will work out policies that support the promotion of
energy-saving technologies and products.
"By means such as taxes and expanded government procurement,
energy-saving technologies and products will be promoted in the
market," said Lu Wenbin, an official with the NDRC.
The China Hotels Association drafted and put into effect an
industry standard of green hotels three years ago. According to the
standard, green hotels should not only provide safe rooms and
healthy food, but also conserve energy and be environmentally
There are currently more than 300 hotels that have come under
Zhang Jun, senior staff with the association, which will
participate in drafting the new, stricter State standard, said the
new regulations would strengthen the requirements on both energy
conservation and environmental protection.
"It means that hotels should establish an effective managerial
system to control energy consumption in order to comply with the
new standard," he said. "It is much more complicated than stopping
providing throw-away toothbrushes."
Many existing green hotels have themselves called for
improvements in current energy-saving technologies and
Wang Li, from the State-funded Jianguo Hotel Managing Company,
which runs 13 hotels, said that some existing energy-saving
techniques were not feasible in the hospitality industry, such as
using recycled water.
He said it required a huge investment to dig holes throughout
the hotel buildings to install new pipes.
"We support the move of creating green hotels, but we need to be
convinced that these new technologies or products actually deserve
the money we put in," he said. Statistics with the China Hotels
Association show that there are more than 200,000 hotels on the
(China Daily February 7, 2006)