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Dusit International Receive Multiple EarthCheck Gold Certification

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Dusit International has become the first hotel group in Thailand to have multiple properties awarded Gold Certification by EarthCheck, the world’s leading environmental management and professional service group.

Nine Dusit International properties who have continuously benchmarked and certified their environmental and social performance through EarthCheck Certified have reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 34 per cent, cut energy and water consumption by almost 20 per cent, and reduced waste production by more than 2 million litres*.

Mr. Stewart Moore, CEO and founder of EarthCheck, congratulated Dusit International on their long term commitment to sustainability.

“Dusit International has worked with EarthCheck since 2009 to implement a sustainability management system which aligns to the group’s corporate social responsibility approach, and we are very pleased to be awarding Gold Certification to these nine properties,” Mr. Moore said.

“Each property has individually taken responsibility for reducing their environmental footprint and encouraging community engagement. In addition to extensive energy reduction and water conservation programs, their actions also support local schools and disadvantaged students,” he said.

Ms Suphajee Suthumpun, Group Chief Executive Officer of Dusit International, said that as a leading hotel group, Dusit International is committed to providing exceptional experiences for guests while playing an active part in conserving the environment.

“Dusit International believes responsible tourism requires more than operating a building in a sustainable way. We encourage everyone, from staff to guests, to understand and embrace our approach to sustainability,” Ms Suthumpun said.

One of Dusit’s top priorities is the well-being and health of children. The group has developed a partnership with Operation Smile, a charitable organisation that mobilises a force of medical professionals to provide safe, effective reconstructive surgery and related medical care for children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate.

To learn more about Dusit International’s work please visit http://www.dusit.com/csr/

List of properties achieving Gold Certification: Dusit Thani Bangkok; Dusit Thani Hua Hin; Dusit Thani Pattaya; Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket; Dusit Thani Dubai; dusitD2 Chiang Mai; Dusit Princess Chiang Mai; Dusit Princess Korat and Dusit Princess, Srinakarin.

*Additional Information

  • Energy
    These 9 properties have reduced total energy consumption by an average of 19.6% since joining the program. This is a saving of 56,361,185 MJ which equates to saving enough energy to support 2,366.03 typical 5-person households in a developed country like Australia for one year. These 9 properties have been able to save $518,102 in energy consumption.
  • Water
    These 9 properties have reduced total water consumption by an average of 19% since joining the program. This is a saving of 84,589,210.43 L of water, which is enough water to fill 33.84 standard Olympic sized swimming pools. This saving in water consumption is equivalent to $42,124.
  • Waste
    These 9 properties have reduced total waste sent to landfill by an average of 12% since joining the program, which is a reduction of 2,029,983.26 L of waste. This is enough to fill 20 double-decker buses, or 322 Smart Cars, an equivalent to $19,692 in waste sent to landfill.

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A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon

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Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.

There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.

1. The Rise Of Smart Windows

When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.

If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.

2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs

If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.

Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.

3. Low-E Windows Taking Over

It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.

They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.

4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges

Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.

The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.

5. Improving Our Current LEDs

Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.

That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.

Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too

Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.

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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”

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IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.

Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.

Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.

Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:

“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.

We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.

There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.

We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”

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