The transformation of The Peninsula Beijing achieves international recognition for its innovative approach to sustainability, energy efficiency and respect for local heritage.


The Peninsula Beijing is honoured to receive the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) certificate for its landmark renovation. BREEAM is the world’s leading method of assessing the environmental, social and economic performance of buildings and infrastructure projects. The Peninsula Beijing achieved a GOOD rating to become only the third BREEAM-accredited building in the Chinese capital, and the first refurbishment project. It is the first hotel owned by the Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels to achieve BREEAM status.


Securing the BREEAM certificate is an outstanding achievement by The Peninsula Beijing’s engineering and operations teams, and recognises that environmental sustainability, responsible resource utilisation and energy-saving technologies were integral to the transformation project.


Applying standards developed by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) in the UK, BREEAM status is only conferred on sustainable buildings that enhance the well-being of the people who live and work in them and help protect natural resources. BREEAM credits are stringently assessed across a series of categories, including Management, Health & Wellbeing, Energy, Transport, Water, Materials Usage, Waste, Pollution and Innovation to determine the final rating. In particular, the BREEAM analysts commended three key highlights of the renovation of The Peninsula Beijing:

  • Re-use of existing building materials for the hotel façade and internal structure – 75% of all construction waste was recycled during the hotel’s refurbishment.
  • Energy efficiency – low-impact innovations include zoning controls for thermal comfort, LED lighting and light dimmer controls in all guest suites.
  • Sustainable sourcing – 100% of the timber used during the hotel transformation was sustainably sourced.


Originally opened in 1989, The Peninsula Beijing has a proud heritage as the first luxury hotel in the Chinese capital. After 27 years of providing legendary hospitality, the hotel undertook a landmark transformation inspired by China’s imperial architecture, exquisite art and cultural traditions. The new Peninsula Beijing sets spectacular standards as the first all-suites hotel in Beijing. Guests staying for business or leisure enjoy exquisite suite accommodations, award-winning cuisines at three destination restaurants and rejuvenating spa journeys enhanced by exemplary personalised service and cutting-edge technology.