Delegates at one Lincolnshire hotel will be asked to generate their own power for meetings
Some people define a good meeting as one where problems are calmly discussed, intelligent solutions put forward, and tasks are equitably assigned, so whatever project they happen to be working on can sail smoothly onwards towards success.
For the Tank, however, a good meeting is one with donuts. Or, in special circumstances, those maple pecan Danishes. Ooh, or even cinnamon raisin swirls! In retrospect, we probably shouldn't have been writing this so close to lunch.
But we can probably all agree a good meeting is not one of those endless bore-fests where all that goes through your head is: "what kind of skin care regime is Phil from marketing using - that guy's face is like alabaster".
So, anyway, here's a neat method for keeping those time waster in check while helping the environment - pedalling to keep the lights on.
Gyms have already wised up to the idea of generating power from the people and now the smart cookies at QHotels have followed suit and put exercise bikes in meeting rooms at their Forest Pines Hotel and Golf Resort in Lincolnshire. Pedalling continuously should produce 100W - enough to charge a laptop - while replicating the experience of cycling up a gentle hill.
The wheeze is that the "Pedal Power" initiative helps QHotels to reach its own energy reduction target and meet client demands - an internal survey found 55 per cent of its customers thought environmental credentials were important for hotels.
Philip King, QHotels' director of property, chortled: "At QHotels we are committed to saving energy and providing an environmentally-friendly setting for guests and delegates. We have listened to delegates' feedback and, given that environmental issues are high on the agenda for our delegates, we ensure we try new initiatives and find ways to support their aims as well as our own."
If it sounds a little like the treadmills at Victorian prisons, only this time you're paying for it, QHotels' insists Pedal Power is part of environmental strategy that has also seen the company sign up to food and packaging waste initiatives and install electric car charge points at six of its 21 hotels.
To the Tank's mind, it's probably worth a try. After all, what could be better than watching pompous windbags run out of steam before collapsing as the lights go out? Especially if there are donuts for the rest of us.
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