Businesses offered pedalling option to power meetings

Hotel group QHotels is providing conference, training and event delegates the option to generate electricity for their meetings through pedal power.

The hotel group is trialling its ‘Pedal Power’ eco initiative at one of its resorts in Lincolnshire in an attempt to reduce QHotels’ annual energy consumption.

Delegates will be required to continuously pedal with the bicycle generator to convert 100 watts of energy in order to power enough electricity to charge a laptop.

The initiative has been set up on the back of a recent survey of QHotels delegates, which found that 55% deem environmental credentials important and that they are eager to give back to the community.

QHotels’ director of property, Philip King said: “We have listened to delegates’ feedback and, given that environmental issues are high on the agenda for our delegates, we ensure we try new initiatives and find ways to support their aims as well as our own”.

Last year, the company added further sustainability measures to its operations by installing electric car charging posts at six hotels and signed up to WRAP’s Hospitality and Food Service Agreement – aiming to cut food and associated packaging waste throughout the UK.

Leigh Stringer

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