China’s first carbon neutral hotel

Boutique hotel company URBN Hotels & Resorts is to open its first property in Shanghai this month, touted as China’s first carbon neutral hotel. The 26-room URBN Hotels, Shanghai, is just north of Nanjing Road and close to the famous former French Concession district.

The hotel was converted from a former 1970s post office building and will feature contemporary design with Chinese, and specifically Shanghainese, influences. It will offer localised extra services such as tai chi and yoga classes, in-room beauty and health treatments, unique bike and walking tours, Chinese cooking classes and basic lessons in Mandarin Chinese.

As China’s first carbon neutral hotel, the total amount of energy the hotel consumes, including staff commutes, food and beverage delivery, and the energy used by each guest, will be tracked to calculate the carbon footprint. URBN said it will buy credits to neutralise its footprint by investing in “green” energy development and emission reduction projects in China. It said hotel guests could also choose to purchase carbon credits from the programme to offset their flights

The hotel has also entered into an agreement with Climate Bridge, an international intermediary offering bespoke solutions for companies and industries to reduce and offset greenhouse gas emissions.

URBN Hotels & Resorts is owned by the founders of Space Development who are involved in over 20 niche redevelopment projects in Shanghai, from luxury residential and serviced apartments to office complexes and industrial buildings. URBN Hotels, Shanghai is their first hotel project.

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