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Newcastle is now home to the first Australian hotel to achieve Carbon Neutral certification under the NABERS Pathway.

The National Australian Built Environment Rating System, an initiative by the federal government, measures and compares the environmental performance of buildings and tenancies throughout the country.

And, the maiden honour belongs to the Holiday Inn Express Newcastle, which is located on King Street and just a short walk to the vibrant Honeysuckle dining and business precinct.

Manager Rob Fahey admitted it was testament to the hotel’s efficient design, operations and management, led by Pro-invest Group.

“Our commitment to ESG and a net zero 2030 target is industry-leading,” he said.

“So, this news is a big win not only for Pro-invest, but for the local Newcastle community and the Holiday Inn Express brand.

“Some of the initiatives that have been embedded into the hotel’s design include strong LED coverage, an energy management system per guest room with occupancy sensors, a light setting program and air-conditioning management, coupled with water conservation measures via efficient fittings and fixtures.

“Further, Holiday Inn Express Newcastle has benefited from a detailed energy audit with a range of conservation measures being implemented while also featuring modular carpet – Interface’s Carbon Neutral Floors product – which reduced installation waste.”

With sustainability a core pillar and priority for the asset management and investment firm across their hotels and new developments, Pro-invest Group, together with the support of Ecosave Pty Ltd, started the ground works for the organisation’s carbon net zero journey in 2020.

This followed the group working closely with the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC).

It then committed to devising and rolling out a strategy to make the Australian Hospitality Opportunity Fund II Carbon Net Zero by 2030.

It’s now under consideration for Pro-invest Group’s entire estate, too.

With the strong trading of the Holiday Inn Express Newcastle, even during COVID-19 disruptions, the hotel was selected to trial the policy and obtain the key learnings needed to execute the net zero 2030 target across the firm’s hotel portfolio.

“As a hotel developer, operator and asset manager, Pro-invest Group has the ability to challenge conventional thinking, benefitting from the ability to adapt to change, try new things and build and manage its hotels to target high sustainability standards,” deputy chair and co-CEO Jan Smits said.

“The NABERS Carbon Neutral Certification scheme, which is in alignment to the Climate Active Standards, was the perfect fit for our net zero 2030 strategy trial, especially given our group’s commitment to rolling out its hotel portfolio with high NABERS energy and water ratings.

“Having Holiday Inn Express Newcastle achieve – and to be the first hotel to do so – Carbon Neutral status under the NABERS Climate Active pathway is a tangible example of the long-standing dedication Pro-invest Group has to developing, operating and asset managing its portfolio to consistently targeting ESG heights.

“We are incredibly proud to have been awarded the recognition for our Newcastle property and we look forward to continuing on delivering upon our net zero 2030 strategy.” 

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