Green Globe has awarded gold status to Sofitel the Palm Resort & Spa in Dubai in acknowledgement of five consecutive years of sustainable management and operations.
The certification reflects the commitment of the hotel toward minimising the impact of its activities on the environment and its adherence to environmental sustainability policies.
“The resort has proudly met and maintained the Green Globe Certification guidelines since it first opened, earning the property the title of environmental champion and making real progress towards sustainability, all the while demonstrating the growing reach of this prestigious award.
“We are extremely proud of the hard work and dedication of all our members of staff that highlights a true commitment toward sustainability,” said Christophe Schnyder, general manager at Sofitel the Palm.
Green Globe is the premier worldwide certification and performance improvement program developed specifically for the travel and tourism industry.
It assists organisations to improve their economic, social and environmental sustainability while being rewarded and recognised for it.
The Green Globe standard provides organizations with a framework to conduct a comprehensive assessment of their environmental sustainability performance through which they can monitor improvements and achieve certification.
An extensive audit carried out by Green Globe’s independent auditors was conducted earlier this month to assess the property’s progress in meeting set standards.
“In choosing award recipients, 44 core criteria are taken into account throughout the audit process.
“Sofitel the Palm has proudly fulfilled sustainability requirements by implementing energy saving measures and improving the sorting and recycling of waste.
“The resort has maintained an efficient waste segregation program which has enabled us to recycle 470 tons of cardboard and paper, 120 tons of plastic, 150 tons of glass, eight tons of cans and 60,000 litres of used cooking oil to date,” explained Rohit Salunke, director of engineering, who is instrumental in the initiation and management of Green Globe guidelines.
Guests have been fully supportive of Sofitel the Palm Dubai’s green initiatives over the years.
During this time, the resort has successfully introduced major changes to its overall economic, social and environmental sustainability approach.
To support campaigns worldwide to accelerate the transition to sustainable energy, the resort offers guests the opportunity to use Tesla cars for airport transfers and transportation around the city.
Trashcans have also been removed from administrative offices and replaced with centralized recycle bins that separate waste into paper and plastics thereby contributing to the recycling tally.
Furthermore, bearing in mind that saving energy is tantamount to rescuing the planet, the property devises and runs activities on a regular basis for guests and staff that are aimed at raising environmental awareness and generating positive change.
Find out more about the hotel on the official website.