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Going Green: Lato Boutique Hotel in Heraklion, Crete Gets ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standard Certification

November 11, 2013 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

To satisfy guest expectations, Lato Boutique Hotel in Heraklion, Crete, completed a major refurbishment and expansion phase at the beginning of 2013.

LATO BOUTIQUE HOTELNow, in response to environmentally conscientious clients, and to make a positive contribution locally and globally, owner company of M. & E. KARATARAKI S.A. decided to implement a major series of changes designed to save energy and natural resources, which eventually resulted in upgrading Lato’s energy class.

Today, Lato Boutique Hotel is an ISO 14001 certified business. This new certification reinforces the constant efforts of the company to protect local and global nature, by using environmentally friendly products and technologies.

To get ISO 14001 certified by the International Organization for Standardization ISO, Lato Boutique Hotel implemented several changes, including installing new air-conditioning energy class A with Central Management System BMS; removing the petrol boiler and installing heat pumps connected to solar panels; installing new A class TVs and refrigerators in all rooms; replacing all light bulbs in indoor and outdoor spaces with LED fixtures; implementing proper thermal insulation for exterior walls and roof; replacing faucets and other water valves with new controls that optimize water conservation and much more.

“Lato Boutique Hotel’s eco-conscious approach will continue by adapting various other sustainable programs throughout the hotel, but also in our restaurants,” said owner and CEO Lefteris Karatarakis. “This is our firm commitment in making our property the best place to live and work, an example LATO BOUTIQUE HOTELfor local and international businesses.”

Going green helped Lato Boutique Hotel to achieve energy savings of more than 38% in just a couple of months. The new, environmentally friendly systems will also ensure that Lato reduces carbon emissions (co2) by 46.000 (kgl / year ) and saves more water, while offering the best environment for visitors and employees.

In the near future, Lato Boutique Hotel will implement green measures in its three restaurants as well, Brillant, Herbs’ Garden and Aroma, focusing as much as possible on organic, certified farm-to-table ingredients, as well as focusing on reducing waste output, increasing stock of reusable items, and recycling and composting what is left.

Lato Boutique Hotel:

Winner of a leading Boutique hotel in Greece award, Lato Boutique Hotel ( is one of the iconic hospitality businesses in Heraklion. Ideally located directly opposite the old port, the hotel boasts breathtaking views of Rocca al Mare, the Venetian Fortress. With a tradition of over 35 years, the hotel was fully renovated in 2012-2013, to satisfy all traveler exigencies and budgets. Guests will also enjoy a small wellness center with hammam, jacuzzi and mini gym. Other facilities and guest benefits include free Wifi, and specially equipped rooms for events and business meetings. For feedback and information, follow Lato on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Booking directly gives guests the lowest prices, guaranteed.

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