The UK’s tallest hotel tower is to include a combined heat and power (CHP) system from Veolia, the company has announced.  

When completed this autumn, the 39-storey Novotel Canary Wharf in London will get its electricity, heat and hot water from a 135 kWe CHP unit.

The 19,000-square-metre hotel is to feature 313 guest rooms, conference facilities, restaurants and a bar.

According to Veolia, the addition of the CHP system will save the hotel around 213 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year, as well as saving the grid-power equivalent of nearly two million hot showers.

Gavin Graveson, Veolia’s COO Public and Commercial, said, ‘This latest application of decentralized power demonstrates how Veolia can help the hotel industry maintain energy security and lower demand on the grid.’

And a statement from the Novotel’s owner, Accor Hotels, added: ‘Sustainability has always been an important part of our business and we are working hard to bring in greener and cleaner practices to reduce the carbon footprint of our estate. This Veolia CHP unit adds to the ones that already serve some of our new hotels, and will help us to make significant carbon savings that support our environmental objectives.’