ECO-HO­TEL CHAM­PI­ONS

From pro­tect­ing en­dan­gered species to a com­mit­ment to­ward zero waste to land­fill, th­ese three hote­liers from in­ter­na­tional lead­ing ho­tel brands share their sus­tain­abil­ity ini­tia­tives and show how their prop­er­ties are set­ting a green bench­mark. By Eve Tedj

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Three hote­liers and their green prac­tices

Guy Hey­wood chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer of Two Roads Hos­pi­tal­ity Asia

Renowned for in­te­grat­ing in­no­va­tive green de­sign with in­dige­nous cul­tural el­e­ments in unique lo­ca­tions, Alila is a Two Roads Hos­pi­tal­ity lux­ury bou­tique brand. Bring­ing his op­er­a­tional ex­per­tise in lux­ury hos­pi­tal­ity, Guy Hey­wood re­veals how Alila takes the lead in sus­tain­able prac­tices.

What are the ho­tel in­dus­try’s big­gest chal­lenges in re­gard to en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial im­pact?

I do not see any chal­lenges but only op­por­tu­ni­ties. Op­por­tu­ni­ties for busi­nesses like us to use our re­sources and vis­i­bil­ity to act as role mod­els for other smaller en­ter­prises and also in our com­mu­ni­ties. We need to act re­spon­si­bly as the spot­light is on us, and be­cause we have the abil­ity to use our in­flu­ence and reach to act as a cat­a­lyst for change, to en­force en­vi­ron­men­tal ini­tia­tives and make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of all those around us. In to­day’s world, there is no ex­cuse for big busi­nesses not to be lead­ing the charge in change and to see our­selves as the so­lu­tion.

How long has Alila been com­mit­ted with the Earthcheck cer­ti­fi­ca­tion? Has it been car­ried out in all Alila prop­er­ties?

We have been in­volved with Earthcheck for around 10 years now and at vary­ing dif­fer­ent de­grees of in­ten­sity based on each prop­erty’s lo­ca­tion, own­er­ship, de­sign and time in the pro­gram. Some­times we have to col­lect data for a cou­ple of years be­fore a prop­erty can be of­fi­cially reg­is­tered with Earthcheck. Our goal is to have all our prop­er­ties Earthcheck cer­tified and prefer­ably built also to Earthcheck de­sign stan­dards. Alila Vil­las Uluwatu in Bali holds a Gold Earthcheck sta­tus. It cur­rently gen­er­ates zero waste to land­fill, pro­duces its own com­post, crushes its own glass and turns th­ese into bricks. The re­sort cap­tures rain­wa­ter on all its flat roof tops, has an Earthcheck de­sign and build cer­ti­fi­ca­tion sup­ports a lo­cal char­ity, em­ploys over 50 per­cent of its work­force from the lo­cal area, uses black lava rock on the flat roofs to ab­sorb heat to min­imise the use of air-con­di­tion­ing and adopts a “no plas­tics” pol­icy.

Do you think some ho­tels use sus­tain­abil­ity more as a mar­ket­ing tool?

Un­for­tu­nately, yes and some do not even live up to their prom­ises or com­mit­ments. How of­ten do you get your towel washed even though you have hung it up as sug­gested to avoid be­ing washed? I think that many years ago, in-room en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­ce­dures were seen as moves by ho­tels to

save money, but that changed a long time ago. Now it is ex­pected that ho­tels will not wash bed linen ev­ery day and tow­els that are hung up will not be laun­dered, but this is just the basics and all ho­tels need to en­force com­pli­ance. Which ini­tia­tives have cre­ated the big­gest im­pact in terms of sus­tain­abil­ity? I am re­ally ex­cited about our Bali zero waste to land­fill project, en­abling us to soon de­clare that all four of our Bali prop­er­ties re­cy­cle or re­use 100 per­cent of all waste gen­er­ated. I am also ex­cited about our ef­forts in bot­tling our own wa­ter as most of our ho­tels are in lo­ca­tions where tap wa­ter is not con­sum­able, and so nor­mally a ho­tel would be go­ing through thou­sands of plas­tic bot­tles a week in bot­tled wa­ter. We do not use small plas­tic bot­tles for bath­room ameni­ties but be­spoke ves­sels that are unique from prop­erty to prop­erty that are washed and re­filled from bulk prod­uct. We have also man­aged to re­duce our to­tal elec­tric­ity con­sump­tion by just un­der 10 per­cent and wa­ter con­sump­tion by over five per­cent against the pre­vi­ous year. Is there any plan for a new prop­erty? We have many new prop­er­ties un­der var­i­ous stages of de­vel­op­ment right now, some that will open in 2018, 2019 and many be­yond that. The ap­proach for th­ese new prop­er­ties is in line with our cur­rent stan­dards and prin­ci­ples, but we are also look­ing at elec­tric boats and cars for guest trans­port, bat­tery pow­ered tri­cy­cles in­stead of golf bug­gies or cars as staff sup­port vehicles, so­lar pan­elling and digital means of guest com­mu­ni­ca­tion re­plac­ing pa­per us­age in guest rooms among many other ini­tia­tives. It is through the im­ple­men­ta­tion of many small ideas that makes a big dif­fer­ence in the long run.

By us­ing black lava rocks on the roof to ab­sorb the heat, Alila Vil­las Uluwatu is min­imis­ing the use of air-con­di­tion­ing.

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