Sustainability at Novotel Brisbane


The AccorHotels has been a committed group for many years, and has constantly worked to redefine boundaries. The Planet 21 programme demonstrates the Group's ambitious goals for 2020, based around four strategic priorities: work with its employees, involve its customers, innovate with its partners and work with local communities. Two key issues to tackle will be food and buildings.

Novotel Brisbane is committed to finding new ways to do our part for the planet. Follow us on social media, read our sustainable blogs or contact us for more information.

  • Hive and Harvest Honey

    The Chefs at Novotel Brisbane are a buzz, partnering with local bees and offering its own roof top honey from the giddying heights of it's roof terrace.

    The hotels hives sweeten the palette with a truly carbon free house made honey to anyone who indulges in the busy bees fruits of labour.

    Apiarists and bees from Hive & Harvest have taken over the hotels roof top to encapsulate the essence of Brisbane. By do so the hotel is making our little patch of Springhill a bit greener for our guests to enjoy.


    How many bees does it take to make a jar of honey?

    Have you ever wondered how a tiny little insect like a bee could ever fill a jar of honey? If it were just down to one bee it would be a mighty task but the work is shared by many thousands of bees and is a great example of what can be achieved by a co-ordinated effort. Think of it in terms of humans creating something like a pyramid.

    A jar of honey weighs 454grammes and a bee can carry about 0.04grammes of nectar. But nectar is only about 40% sugar and honey needs to be about 80% sugar so the bee actually only carries about 0.02grammes of honey on each trip.

    Now how many bees would we need to fill a jar of honey? The answer is 454/0.02 grams which equals =

    22,700 bees are required to fill a single jar of honey.

    This sounds impressive enough but of course a colony of bees doesn't just make one jar of honey. Over the year the queen will produce between 100,000 and 200,000 bees that will each spend between 10 and 20 days collecting nectar.

    At its most productive a single colony of bees could theoretically produce around 800kg of honey, that's almost a tonne!

    The reason that beehives aren't the size of warehouses to accommodate all this honey is that it is being continually used up by the bees as fuel, primarily to keep the brood warm. So at any given time there may only be between 10 and 20kg of honey in the hive.


    Our orange marmalade biscuits are made in house by our amazing chef and so is the marmalade! By using orange peels from the fresh fruit on our breakfast buffet 780kg of orange peel is diverted from the rubbish bin and turned into delicious treats instead!

    Here's the recipe from our Chef Sean for you all to enjoy!