Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group achieve top green credentials in Sochi

03 Feb 2014

The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, leading international hotel operator in Russia, CIS & Baltics is proud to announce that five hotels in the Olympic host city of Sochi have achieved the coveted Green Key eco-label. With the inclusion of three eco labelled Radisson Blu hotels and one Park Inn by Radisson hotel, Carlson Rezidor are now providing almost 1500 guests with environmentally friendly accommodation. The addition of a further Park Inn by Radisson, currently in its final development stages will provide more award winning accommodation to travellers visiting Sochi.

The attainment of the Green Key eco-label means each of the five Carlson Rezidor hotels in Sochi have completed criteria looking to make the future a more sustainable one for local communities. The eco label encompasses a number of achievements including a reduction in energy consumption and minimising waste.

Further to their award winning status the location for each Carlson Rezidor Hotel in Sochi has been carefully selected to ensure local amenities and transport are easily accessible for their guests. With Radisson and Park Inn by Radisson hotels situated in the all-new cosmopolitan world-class Rosa Khutor ski resort, two Radisson Blu hotels in Imeretinskaya lowland and Park Inn by Radisson in Central Sochi, Carlson Rezidor offer a location to suit every traveler's needs. The Carlson Rezidor group is committed to providing exceptional facilities at each of its hotels with the provision of 24-hour room service, luxurious spa facilities, cozy restaurants with different cuisine and state of the art congress centers and conference facilities to meet all their guests' needs.

Thomas Hagemann, District Director for Carlson Rezidor in Sochi commented: "Being awarded the green eco label reflects our team's continued commitment to be the most innovative and sustainable hotel group. From start to finish Carlson Rezidor staff have applied the 'Yes I Can' spirit. This has enabled each hotel to achieve outstanding results across the Green Key eco-label criteria."

Carlson Rezidor has committed to be 100% eco-labelled in their 350 hotels in Europe, Middle East and Africa. The group was the first international hotel chain to partner with Green Key headquartered in Denmark to achieve this goal. The Green Key Programme is managed by the international non-profit, Foundation for Environmental Education. Green Key is the largest global eco-label for tourism accommodations with 2300 eco-labels in 44 countries. It is recognised and supported by the World Tourism Organization and UNEP.

Daniel Schaffer, CEO of the Foundation for Environmental Education welcomed the five new Green Key awarded Carlson Rezidor hotels in Sochi: "In the year where the Green Key Programme can celebrate its 20th anniversary I am very pleased to welcome the five new Green Key awarded Carlson Rezidor hotels in Sochi, where extra efforts on sustainability and environmental awareness, have been carried out".

Green Key Hotels comply with 90 mandatory and optional environmental criteria to reduce the consumption of energy, water, chemical products, minimize waste and maximize recycling. Each hotel is audited by a Green Key expert.

Green Key hotels run ecologically sound and responsible businesses, and thereby contribute to a sustainable future and to the local community

About Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the world's largest and most dynamic hotel groups. The portfolio of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group includes more than 1,300 hotels in operation and under development, a global footprint spanning 100 countries and territories and a powerful set of global brands (Radisson Blu, Radisson®, Park Plaza®, Park Inn by Radisson, Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM and Hotel Missoni). The group plans to grow the portfolio to nearly 1,500 hotels in operation and under development by 2015. In most of the group's hotels, guests can benefit from the loyalty program Club CarlsonSM, one of the most rewarding loyalty programs in the world. Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and its brands employ more than 85,000 people.

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is headquartered in Minneapolis, USA; and Brussels, Belgium. and


About Green Key
Green Key is an eco-label awarded to 2300 establishments in 44 countries worldwide. Green Key aims to raise the awareness of leisure establishment staff and clients, increase the use of sustainable methods of operation and technology, run ecologically sound and responsible businesses, and thereby reduce resource, energy usage. Green Key is administrated by the international charity, the Foundation for Environmental Education. For more information see: and  

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Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
Inge Huijbrechts, Vice President Responsible Business,
Irina Zakharova, Regional PR Manager,
Renu Snehi, Senior Director PR, Brand & Marketing Communication,

Green Key
Finn Bolding Thomsen, International Green Key Director,
Olga Madison, Green Key National Operator in Russia,