EasyHotel has announced plans to invest £4.5 million to reduce its carbon emissions at 12 UK properties.

Measures include the installation of heat pumps, solar panels, improved metering, control systems and new more efficient air conditioning systems.

The group said that following the work, it expects CO2 emissions across its UK portfolio to fall by 45 per cent by 2025.

The properties benefitting from the investment are London Shoreditch, Croydon, Birmingham Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, Milton Keynes, Ipswich, Cardiff, Newcastle and Glasgow.

The group also plans to announce similar low-carbon investments for its hotels in Belgium, France, Netherlands and Spain by the end of the year.

In addition to the upgrades easyHotel has removed single use plastic bottles from all of its owned and leased hotels, with free filtered water fountains having been installed, and reusable bottle available for purchase from reception.

Wooden key cards certified by the Forest Stewardship Council are also being rolled out, and are expected to prevent 55,000 plastic key cards from being produced over the course of 2023.

Finally the group has partnered with carbon-neutral facilities management company Kanso for all cleaning across its owned and leased UK hotels, with initiatives including removing plastic bin liners from rooms having resulted in a 42 per cent decrease in plastic waste associated with hotel cleaning since September 2022.

Commenting on the news Karim Malak, CEO of easyHotel, said:

“The hotel industry accounts for about one percent of carbon emissions globally, and we have a collective responsibility to do all we can to reduce these emissions.

“Our business is naturally low-carbon thanks to our size-efficient room design which uses less raw materials, but it’s important for us to look at every area of our operations and try where we can, to be as low-carbon as possible.

“Our no frills, easy, experience means we don’t provide unnecessary items that end up in landfill or waste power on often unused elements of a hotel such as gyms and restaurants.

“The energy that we do consume is set to become even more efficient due to this investment and we’re proud to be offering low-carbon alternatives which in turn, enables us to pass on savings to our guests too.”