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December 28, 2016 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

Mövenpick Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel Dubai has been awarded Green Gold Membership by international certification body, Green Globe, (GGC), which is a structured assessment of the sustainability performance of any travel and tourism businesses. The hotel qualified for Gold Membership after five years of consistent certification.

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is the largest international hotel group to commit to Green Globe Certification for all of its properties worldwide and commenting on behalf of Mövenpick Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel Dubai, General Manager, Robert Barker said:

“The hotel has now been recertified by Green Globe for five consecutive years, which is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff, operating best practice in sustainability.

“We now join an elite group of enterprises to hold the coveted gold membership status worldwide and along with our business partners, we are committed to making a difference by reducing any negative impact the hotel may have on the environment,” he added.

Mövenpick Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel Dubai, General Manager, Robert Barker.

UAE-based Farnek, Green Globe’s preferred partner in the Middle East, carried out the assessment of 44 core criteria supported by over 385 compliance indicators, measuring energy and water consumption as well as waste management, with its online Hotel Optimizer benchmarking software.

“The hotel has made great efforts lowering its carbon footprint over the past five years. For example, a recent lightbulb replacement programme has seen 800 incandescent lamps replaced with energy efficient LEDs, helping to deliver energy reduction of 1.28% alone,” said Sandrine Le Biavant, Director Consultancy, Farnek.

“This is approximately 172,194 kWh lower or around the same amount of energy used by 190 households over the last five years,” she added.

Waste reduction has also been a priority for the hotel and since implementing a paper and carton recycling system in 2011, the hotel has collected an average of 1,860 kilograms per month for recycling comprised of 92% carton and 2% paper. This is roughly equivalent to protecting around 380, 20-year-old trees every year.

Sandrine Le Biavant, Director Consultancy, Farnek, presents the Gold Membership award to the Mövenpick Ibn Battuta Gate hotel’s ‘green team’.

The hotel’s waste diversion from landfill was at 17.74% in 2015 and this year has increased to more than 20%. Annual waste reduction is at approximately 60 metric tonnes, a 7.1% saving in 2015 and this year a waste audit has been completed to identify even further reductions.

To further improve its green credentials, the property installed an electric car charger earlier in 2016, which is one of only two docking stations located within a hotel in Dubai. The charging station is capable of charging two cars simultaneously and is free to use for electric vehicle drives with a green card charger.

“It is critical to maintain standards and increase sustainability initiatives that will create a difference, economically, socially, culturally and environmentally over the long term,” added Le Biavant.

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