PHOTO CAPTION: Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers

Peddle for a Meal in Copenhagen

Crowne Plaza hotel will provide guests with free meal if they generate 10 watt hours of electricity using electric bicycles.

Published: 19-Apr-2010

Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers is creating a world first by giving guests the chance to help power the hotel whilst getting fit at the same time.

The 366-room Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers, one of the world’s greenest hotels, is taking efficient energy production one step further by installing electricity producing bicycles in its gym for guests to use. Anyone producing 10 watt hours of electricity or more for the hotel will be given a locally produced complimentary meal encouraging guests to not only get fit but also reduce their carbon footprint and save electricity and money.

Guests using the new electric bicycles will be able to monitor how much electricity they’re producing via iPhones mounted on the handle bars. Avid fitness fans can also, from June, race against the hotel’s solar panel system in a bid to produce the most electricity.

Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers is a member of the UN Global Compact. It has EU Green Building and Green Key certification and is on a journey to becoming carbon neutral. Environmentally responsible technology is used throughout the hotel, including:

- The first groundwater-based cooling and heating system in Denmark, expected to reduce the energy used in the hotel for heating and cooling by almost 90%

- Low energy lighting and hand dryers - The largest solar panel park in Northern Europe to be integrated into a building, covering all the

hotel’s sunny facades

"I believe that green thinking is not just good for the environment but is also good for the bottom line. I have no doubt that businesses that take an environmentally responsible approach have the edge over their competitors as leisure and business guests alike are increasingly choosing hotels based on their environmental credentials. This makes the Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers a welcome addition to our city." said Lene Espersen, Deputy Prime Minister of Denmark, at the launch of the hotel, adding that the opening of Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers was a great day for both the environment and the city of Copenhagen.

Allan Agerholm, general manager, Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers commented: " The electric bikes offer our guests the chance to get fit and help power the hotel at the same time using environmentally responsible technology. It will be interesting to see how many guests take part and how much electricity we generate.” see savings calculations below.

The electric bikes will be installed at Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers on 19 April 2010 and will run for a year. If successful, the new electric bicycle initiative will be offered to all Crowne Plaza hotels in the UK.

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