LEED the Way to Sustainability
We have some fantastic news to share with you that we are extremely proud of; our hotel is the first five-star hotel in the UAE and MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region to receive the prestigious LEED (Silver) Certification.
If you’re not familiar with the LEED Certification, here’s some background. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a group of rating systems for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings, homes and neighbourhoods. It was launched in 1998 and LEED standards have been applied to more than 7,000 projects in the United States and across 30 countries, including the UAE.
Over the past two years, our hotel has undergone a number of audits in order to meet the strict criteria for five LEED categories: sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy & atmosphere, material & resources and the quality of the indoor environment.
To become LEED Certified, we had to show a significant decrease in our energy and water consumption. In 2012, we reduced our energy and water usage by 9%, which was an amazing achievement for the hotel.
“LEED is not only about energy savings, it is also about creating a healthy environment,” said Mr. Jayakumar, our Director of Technical Services. “All changes made for the hotel have to be in-line with the LEED criteria and without affecting day-to-day operations.”
All our guest rooms are fitted with the recovery time technology and LED lights and water saver tabs are installed everywhere in the hotel. Our laundry is using Pur Eco chemicals, an advanced, greener cleaning chemical that is gentler to the environment.
Pur Eco cleaning chemicals promotes sustainability by ensuring accurate preparation of cleaning solutions with minimal wastage for best performance and consistency. Water is only added at the point of use to minimise chemical miles. Compact packaging and use of recyclable materials means waste management costs are minimised.
We encourage our guests to join us and participate in the green initiatives taken by the hotel and our colleagues. In every room, a small tree is placed as part of the turndown amenity on guest’s beds if they don’t wish to have their linen changed. This is in-line with the Green Inspiration by Kempinski, to raise awareness among guests and our colleagues inspiring them to take small but impactful actions.
We continually look for ways to further reduce our impact on the environment and to make our operations even more sustainable.