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Swire Hotels has partnered with Cathay Pacific and its sister airline, Dragonair, to participate in FLY greener, the airlines’ carbon offset program. Beginning this month, Marco Polo Club members flying Cathay Pacific or Dragonair and staying at a Swire Hotels property will be able to offset the carbon emissions from their journey. This benefit to the environment will begin with stays at Swire's two luxury boutique properties in China--The Opposite House in Beijing and The Upper House in Hong Kong.
“Swire Hotels has given great consideration to the preferences of our guests and the effect our practices have on the environment,” said Brian Williams, managing director of Swire Hotels. “This new drive allows us to take a more active role in environmental initiatives by offsetting carbon emissions from air travel in a way that is credible, cost effective and efficient.”
Swire Hotels will purchase carbon offsets from FLY greener to support the development of a number of projects in China that reduce carbon emissions and generate social benefits. These projects include:
Rural Southwest - Small Hydro Project
Clean energy generated from the set of 95 small "run-of-river" hydropower stations in Chongqing, Guizhou, Sichuan and Yunnan provinces is linked to the Pearl River Delta, Guangdong through the China Southern Power Grid
Guangdong Lankou Hydropower Project
The "run-of-river" hydropower project generates clean energy for the China Southern Power Grid and has improved the livelihoods for the people of Lankou, Guangdong
Shandong Changdao Wind Farm
Two sets of wind farms in the Shandong province generate clean energy and support the ongoing operation of the Hope Primary School, providing education services to 50 students
Both The Opposite House and The Upper House are committed to improving their environmental and sustainability performance. Upon arrival at the Houses, guests are welcomed to check in anywhere in the hotel with a Guest Experience team member by using a designated tablet PC or iPad containing all guests’ information and preferences for a paperless experience. At The Upper House, a unique iPod touch is provided in each of the guest rooms and suites offering a comprehensive source for all hotel information, in-room dining, local area information, weather, news and feedback forms at the touch of a screen, replacing printed hotel directories. The hotel also uses energy-saving Lexus RX450H hybrid cars for airport transfers and private hire.