Strik­ing gold

Through a sin­gle-minded ded­i­ca­tion to re­duc­ing its im­pact, an Auck­land ho­tel is paving the way for re­spon­si­ble hos­pi­tal­ity busi­nesses.

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The Lang­ham ho­tel is the first Accommodation Busi­ness - Ho­tel’ in the Pa­cific re­gion in­clud­ing Australia, to achieve the Earthcheck Gold cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. To gain Earthcheck Gold, The Lang­ham has had to re­port its en­vi­ron­men­tal foot­print and ad­here to an in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised stan­dard of best prac­tice. Each year lead­ing up to cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, The Lang­ham sub­mit­ted 12 months of op­er­a­tional data to Earthcheck to be bench­marked against in­dus­try best prac­tice. A num­ber of key in­di­ca­tors were mea­sured in­clud­ing en­ergy and water con­sump­tion, to­tal waste pro­duc­tion and com­mu­nity com­mit­ment. Achiev­ing Earthcheck Gold Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is not an easy task, ex­plains Earthcheck CEO Ste­wart Moore. There are no short cuts, no ways to buy your way in it’s a mat­ter of be­ing able to prove the in­tegrity of an or­gan­i­sa­tion’s op­er­a­tional prac­tices year-in and year-out, and then be will­ing to have ev­ery­thing ver­i­fied by an in­de­pen­dent, third party au­di­tor. By tak­ing a sci­en­tific ap­proach to mea­sur­ing the ef­fec­tive­ness of their sus­tain­abil­ity prac­tices, The Lang­ham was able to iden­tify where they were out-per­form­ing oth­ers and where room for im­prove­ment re­mained. Jef­frey van Vors­se­len, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of The Lang­ham thanked his en­vi­ron­men­tal cham­pi­ons at the ho­tel, Colin Mc­caughan and Adrian Mcin­roy, and his Green Team’ who have sup­ported their en­deav­ours. The Lang­ham be­gan its sus­tain­abil­ity jour­ney back in 2006 so it is very pleas­ing to be recog­nised as a busi­ness that is tak­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity very se­ri­ously. The achieve­ment is also a first for the Lang­ham Hos­pi­tal­ity Group in­ter­na­tion­ally so it is ex­cit­ing for Auck­land and New Zealand to be lead­ing the way.

Earthcheck is one for the world's largest cer­ti­fiers sus­tain­able travel and tourism op­er­a­tors; with more than 1300 clients in over 70 coun­tries. travel and tourism op­er­a­tors; with more than 1300 clients in over 70 coun­tries. Earthcheck com­plies with the In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Panel for Cli­mate Change (IPCC) Guide­lines for Na­tional Green­house Gas In­ven­to­ries, the World Busi­ness Coun­cil for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment (WBCSD) Green­house Gas Pro­to­col, and the In­ter­na­tional Or­gan­i­sa­tion for Stan­dard­iza­tion (ISO) 14064 range of stan­dards for green­house gas ac­count­ing. It is also aligned with the GRI and NABERS pro­grams and is both T- ual and GSTC ac­cred­ited.

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