After five years of continuous and independently audited environmental and CSR performance, the Alila Manggis has become the second of Alila Hotel and Resorts Bali-based properties to obtain the aought after ‘EarthCheck Gold’
EarthCheck CEO and Founder Mr Stewart Moore said Gold Certification placed the resort within an exclusive segment of the tourism industry who can genuinely quantify their claims of sustainability and corporate social responsibility.
“EarthCheck Certified is by far the tourism industry’s most scientifically rigorous and transparent benchmarking program,” Mr Moore said.
“Since it began measuring its environmental and CSR performance, Alila Manggis has saved more than US$220,000 in operational costs due to reduced energy and potable water consumption, along with a reduction in waste sent to landfill, proving what is good for the planet is also good for business,” he said.
Since partnering with EarthCheck, Alila Manggis has minimised its energy consumption by 25.4% and reduced potable water usage by 52.7%. More than 81,000 litres of waste has been saved from being sent to landfill.
Alila Manggis is playing a vital role in its local community
“Alila Manggis is delivering on its brand promise, meeting the expectations of guests, and playing a vital role in its local community as an employer, educator, bestower and beneficiary,” Mr Moore said.
Sustainability initiatives at Alila Manggis include:
· A reef restoration project run in partnership with a local diving operation which is generating new coral growth and fish life;
· Local community education and engagement including a playground built for village children which also comprises a waste collection and sorting station for local use;
· Monthly ‘clean-up’ days for the local beach and surrounds which are participated in by staff, guests and local villagers;
· The ‘Greenbank’ project which has trained and employs local villagers to recycle and produce needed food and items used by the resort such as candles, gifts and paper products;
· 100% glass bottle use, composting and reusable shipping boxes; and
· Support of Balinese cultural and religious ceremonies.
Alila Manggis’ environmentally sustainable practices and proactive community- and operations- based policies will be boosted by the newly announced Zero Waste policy which is being implemented at all five Alila branded resorts across Bali as of September 2016.
The Zero Waste policy puts the Alila Hotels and Resorts in an indisputable leadership position within Bali’s local tourism industry.
“The Zero Waste policy puts the Alila Hotels and Resorts in an indisputable leadership position within Bali’s local tourism industry, which is putting far greater demand on local environmental resources than can be met,” Mr Moore said.
Foreign tourist arrivals Bali are averaging close to 4 million of the more than 11 million foreign visitors to Indonesia each year. The Indonesian government has set a goal of 20 million foreign visitor arrivals by 2019, with Bali expected to absorb roughly 30-40 percent of arrivals.
The environmental and social impact of tourism on Bali has gained international attention with the island’s local and international observers noting stresses on the island’s water, energy and food supplies, including decreasing land availability to maintain the island’s intricately connected rice paddy system.
Frederic Flageat-Simon, CEO Alila Hotels & Resorts said the group’s partnership to EarthCheck and the introduction of the Zero Waste policy enabled them to operate luxurious properties which integrate commerce, conservation and community.
“The EarthCheck Certified technology is unlike anything else used in the industry—each consecutive year of our Villa Manggis benchmarking and auditing journey revealed successes and areas for improvement—which we were then able to implement the following year,” he said.
“The results speak for themselves—we are proud to have Alila Manggis join our suite of EarthCheck Gold Certified properties— and believe our Zero Waste policy and continued benchmarking and certification will maintain our leadership position in the industry,” he said.
Alila Hotels and Resorts Group Director Engineering and Environment, Piet van Zyl researched, adapted and combined technology to create Integrated Sustainable Resource Recovery Facility’s (iSuRRF’s). Overseeing the operations, PIONEER (Positive Impact on Nature, Environment and Earth’s Resources) team’s will be responsible for upholding the zero-waste- to-landfill status at each Alila property in Bali.
“Our underlying philosophy that when it comes to waste sent to landfill, less waste is not good enough. The only good is to have no waste at all,” said van Zyl, who has resided on the island in his role with Alila since 2011, and believes the iSuRRF technology could be adapted by ‘almost every’ hotel and resort on the island.
Build, Buy, Or Retrofit? 3 Green Housing Considerations
Green housing is in high demand, but it’s not yet widely available, posing a serious problem: if you want to live an eco-friendly lifestyle, do you invest in building something new and optimize it for sustainability, or do you retrofit a preexisting building?
The big problem when it comes to choosing between these two options is that building a new home creates more waste than retrofitting specific features of an existing home, but it may be more efficient in the long-run. For those concerned with waste and their environmental footprint, the short term and long term impacts of housing are in close competition with each other.
New Construction Options
One reason that new construction is so desired among green living enthusiasts is that it can be built to reflect our highest priorities. Worried about the environmental costs of heating your home? New construction can be built using passive solar design, a strategy that uses natural light and shade to heat or cool the home. Builders can add optimal insulation, build with all sustainable materials, and build exactly to the scale you need.
In fact, scale is a serious concern for new home buyers and builders alike. Individuals interested in green housing will actively avoid building more home than they need – scaling to the square foot matter because that’s more space you need to heat or cool – and this is harder to do when buying. You’re stuck with someone else’s design. In this vein, Missouri S&T’s Nest Home design, which uses recycled shipping containers, combines the tiny home trend with reuse and sustainability.
The Simple Retrofit
From an environmental perspective, there’s an obvious problem with building a new home: it’s an activity of mass consumption. There are already 120 million single-family homes and duplexes in the United States; do we really need more?
Extensive development alone is a good enough reason to intelligently retrofit an existing home rather than building new green structures, but the key is to do so with as little waste as possible. One option for retrofitting older homes is to install new smart home technology that can automate home regulation to reduce energy use.
Real estate agent Roxanne DeBerry sees clients struggle with issues of efficiency on a regular basis. That’s why she recommends tools like the Nest Thermostat, which develops a responsive heating and cooling schedule for the home and can be remotely adjusted via smartphone. Other smart tools for home efficiency include choosing Energy Star appliances and installing water-saving faucets and low-pressure toilets. These small changes add up.
Ultimately, the most effective approach to green housing is likely to be aggressive retrofitting of everything from period homes to more recent construction. This will reduce material use where possible and prevent further aggressive land use. And finally, designers, activists, and engineers are coming together to develop such structures.
In the UK, for example, designers are interested in finding ways to adapt period houses for greater sustainability without compromising their aesthetics. Many have added solar panels, increased their insulation levels, and recently they even developed imitation sash triple glazed windows. As some have pointed out, the high cost of heating these homes without such changes will push these homes out of relevance without these changes. This is a way of saving existing structures.
Harvard is also working on retrofitting homes for sustainability. Their HouseZero project is designed for near-zero energy use and zero carbon emissions using geothermal heating and temperature radiant surfaces. The buildings bridge the gap between starting over and putting up with unmanageable heating and cooling bills.
It will take a long time to transition the majority of individuals to energy efficient, green housing but we’re headed in the right direction. What will your next home be like? As long as the answer is sustainable, you’re part of the solution to our chronic overuse – of land, energy, water, and more.
How the Auto Industry is Lowering Emissions
Currently, the automotive industry is undergoing an enormous change in a bid to lower carbon emissions. This has been pushed by the Government and their clean air plans, where they have outlined a plan to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040.
Public Health Crisis
It is said that the levels of air pollution lead to 40,000 early deaths in the UK, with London being somewhere that is particularly bad. This has led to the new T-Charge, where heavy polluting cars will pay a new charge on top of the existing congestion charge. Other cities have taken action too, with Oxford recently announcing that they will be banning petrol and diesel cars from the city centre by 2020.
It is clear that the Government is taking action, but what about the auto industry? With the sale of petrol and diesel plummeting and a sharp rise in alternatively fuelled vehicles, it is clear that the industry is taking note and switching focus to green cars. There are now all kinds of fantastic eco-friendly cars available and a type to suit every motorist whether it is a small city car or an SUV.
Of course, it is the cars that are currently on the road that are causing the problem. The used car market is enormous and filled with polluting automobiles, but there are steps that you can take to avoid dangerous automobiles. It is now more important than ever to get vehicle checks carried out through HPI, as these can reveal important information about the automobile’s past and they find that 1 in 3 cars has a hidden secret of some kind. Additionally, they can now perform recall checks to see if the manufacturer has recalled that particular automobile. This allows people to shop confidently and find vehicles that are not doing as much damage to the environment as others.
With the rise in sales of alternatively fuelled vehicles, it is now becoming increasingly more common to see them on UK roads. Public perception has changed drastically in the last few years and this is because of the air pollution crisis, as well as the fact that there are now so many different reasons to switch to electric cars, such as Government grants and no road tax. A similar change in public opinion has happened in the United States, with electric car sales up by 47% in 2017.
The US is leading the way for lowering emissions as they have declined by 758 million metric tons since 2005, which is the largest amount by far with the UK in second with a decline of 170 million metric tons. Whilst it is clear that these two nations are doing a good job, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done in order to improve the air quality and stop so many premature deaths as a result of pollution.
With the Government’s plans, incentives to make the change and a change in public perception, it seems that the electric car revolution is fully underway.