In July 2016, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group signed a partnership with IFC, a member of the World Bank Group that focuses on private sector development to promote the design and construction of green buildings in emerging markets.
The Radisson Blu Hotel, Accra Airport was the first hotel in Africa to receive IFC’s EDGE green building certification.
EDGE encourages resource-efficient buildings by demonstrating the most cost-effective ways to reduce resource intensity early in the design process. EDGE includes powerful and free eco-modeling software that makes the business case for using less energy, water and embodied energy in materials.
Through the partnership, Carlson Rezidor will use the EDGE eco-analysis software for all of its future hotel projects in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. As 40 percent of the world’s carbon emissions are generated through the construction and operation of buildings, designing green hotels supports the industry’s responsibility to meet COP21 targets. The collaboration also strengthens Carlson Rezidor’s long-term commitment to Think Planet and sustainable growth.