The Bu­cuti & Tara Beach Re­sort in Aruba has be­come the first ho­tel in the Caribbean to achieve car­bon neu­tral­ity.

The de­vel­op­ers of the 140-room prop­erty worked with SCS Global Ser­vices (for­merly Sci­en­tific Cer­ti­fi­ca­tions Sys­tems) to ver­ify the emis­sions of its op­er­a­tions, as well as with Nat­u­ral Cap­i­tal Part­ners, car­bon off­set ex­perts in the de­liv­ery of so­lu­tions for pos­i­tive im­pact on car­bon, re­new­able en­ergy, bio­di­ver­sity and wa­ter.

Ini­tia­tives range from gift­ing ev­ery guest with a re­us­able wa­ter bot­tle – keep­ing 290,000 sin­gle-use plas­tic wa­ter bot­tles from land­fill sites an­nu­ally, to in­stalling the is­land’s largest so­lar panel sys­tem.

Ewald Bie­mans, the owner and CEO of Bu­cuti, said: “We must pro­tect and pre­serve our en­vi­ron­ment on a mean­ing­ful level to de­liver this ex­pe­ri­ence in the fu­ture.

“I be­lieve the hard work, pas­sion and ded­i­ca­tion of our sus­tain­abil­ity team to achieve car­bon neu­tral­ity will in­spire oth­ers to con­sider sim­i­lar ac­tion.”

Bu­cuti was the first ho­tel in the Caribbean to achieve LEED Sil­ver cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and has been named the World’s Most Sus­tain­able Ho­tel by Green Globe.

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