Intercontinental - Going Green



As an IHG member hotel, InterContinental Budapest has always been a strong participant in endeavours of green initiatives on the local and the global markets. In addition to pursuing sustainable operations and green initiatives, InterContinental Budapest is a pioneer in other Corporate Social Responsibility actions as well.


InterContinental has been part of the Green Globe community since 2013, when the hotel was accredited with the Green Globe Certification because of the sustainable actions implemented through the programme. Green Globe provides certification, training and education, and marketing services in 83 countries worldwide. The Green Globe Certification Standard is based on internationally accepted criteria developed during the 15 years of the Green Globe programme. Green Globe Certification is active in harmonising with other established sustainability certification programmes around the world. The process of harmonisation contributes to maintaining core criteria, and at the same time address regional issues through the adoption of locally developed standards.

InterContinental Budapest has reached the standards set by Green Globe – the very first hotel on the Hungarian market to achieve this honour – and our hotel proudly “wears” the Green Globe Certification badge under the watchful eyes of the Green Globe organisation.


When natural and manmade disasters strike, people naturally come to hotels to seek shelter in a storm. This is a key role of hotels in society, and one that is really important to all communities in which they operate. The IHG Shelter in a Storm Programme provides guidance on when and how to react to disasters, ensuring a quick and effective response to crises affecting IHG-branded hotels, their employees, and the local community.

A key element of our disaster response is the IHG Shelter Fund, built up by fundraising activities in our hotels and corporate offices throughout the year. As a result, we are able to respond as soon as disaster strikes (instead of waiting to raise funds after the fact), ensuring that we can provide vital assistance right away.

The IHG Shelter Fund has already helped hundreds of people affected by disasters around the world.


IHG has a huge opportunity to make a real difference to people in thousands of local communities that surround our 4,600 hotels. You can be part of that through the IHG Academy!

IHG Academy provides local people with skills development and employment opportunities in one of the world’s largest hotel companies. Within a common framework, each IHG Academy is tailored to meet the needs of local communities and hotels.

All IHG Academy programmes have three aspects in common:

IHG Academy programmes operate in partnership with local community organisations and education providers.

All IHG Academy programmes include work-experience placement, giving participants skills and real experience of working in a hotel.

All IHG Academy programmes include performance feedback and a recruitment discussion, giving participants an opportunity to gain real experience of the job-interview process, improving their chances of finding a job in the hotel sector, and in many cases secure a job in an IHG hotel.


InterContinental Budapest is a pioneer in local CSR activities as well. The hotel has been in a great relationship with several non-profit organisations and has made donations on a regular basis. The main partners are the Red Cross, the Never Give Up Foundation, and the Pető Institute, but we are also in co-operation with several other organisations and hospitals.


In 2012 InterContinental Budapest donated 1,400 pillows to the Red Cross organisation.


In 2013, InterContinental Budapest launched a tighter co-operation with the Never Give Up Foundation. The hotel hosted the very first gospel-choir casting for handicapped people in the world, and helped to accommodate Mr. Nick Vujicic during his visit to Budapest.

n 2013 there was another project that the hotel participated in along with the Never Give Up Foundation. The foundation organised a training designed for our colleagues to become familiar with the everyday problems of handicapped people.


InterContinental Budapest has been in a great partnership with the Pető Institute for years. One of the cornerstones of the partnership is the presentation and sale of Pető gifts in the hotel during all major festive seasons. The full amount of Pető Christmas gift sales was donated to the Institute Foundation for Conductive Education.

In 2013, our hotel also supported the Pető Institute’s rowing championship with a financial contribution and donations.


InterContinental Budapest hosted the 10th Smiling Hospital Foundation Ball.


The hotel donated 200 bed sheets to the Uzsoki Hospital in 2014.

The power consumption at the InterContinental Budapest, we were able to reduce by usage of motion detectors, and LED light installations was reduced from 7,2 million KW / h to 6,8 million KW / h. (-6% on a yearly basis)

This corresponds to a CO 2 reduction of 450,000 kg per year. (-14%)

After verification of the energy consumption, we have changed 1800 regular bulbs to LED or energy saving type. 

In each of our hotel rooms, there is a "master switch" to be able to turn off all the lights in the entire room at the same time.

To reduce our electricity consumption, we have timed light switches and motion detectors installed and avoid general use of the stand-by mode for all technical equipment.

The ventilation system is controlled centrally throughout the BMS system, this means it can be issued individual areas and the room temperature can be controlled individually.

All supply and disposal heating and cooling pipes are thermally insulated.

Gas consumption could decrease with (36%) with the optimization of the building management system water consumption: 5% decreasing on the technical systems.