First Central Hotels Suites is on track to receive its Green Key certification before the end of the year, general manager Wael El Behi has revealed.
“We are currently adhering to the practices advised by the Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) and The Hoteliers’ Guide to Going Green conducted by TFG Asset Management,” he said.
“With our determination, we strongly believe that we can obtain the Green Key certification by the end of 2016.”
First Central Hotel Suites has rolled out several green initiatives and activities since making the commitment to sustainability and the Green Key certification programme.
The property’s management team has sought advice from EmiratesGBC to devise an effective action plan, which focused on 12 main steps:
1) Environmental management: an environmental manager has been appointed and a policy has been formulated;
2) Staff involvement: In order to successfully educate staff, it is imperative they feel engaged in the green campaigns. Monthly meetings are being conducted and management is improving staff awareness of the company’s green policies and programmes;
3) Guest information: It is important to communicate green initiatives to guests. The Green Key announcement will be displayed on the hotel website and environmental activities will be shared with guests upon certification;
4) Water conservation: The management team has implemented preventive maintenance measures to avoid water leakage;
5) Washing and cleaning: The team focuses on reducing unnecessary washing and ensuring cleaning items are eco-friendly;
6) Waste management: This has involved waste segregation (plastic, paper, cans); purchasing waste containers for basement 1, basement 2, the hotel entrance and ground floor areas; and signing a contract with Averda to conduct an effective waste-management programme;
7) Energy management: The property invests in tools to save energy such as swapping conventional light bulbs to LEDs; installing motion detectors in corridors; ensuring computers and appliances are switched to energy-saving mode automatically; and adding eco-friendly labelling to electrical appliances;
8) F&B: The team is monitoring food waste and promoting the purchase of local food. The F&B department also proposes an alternative vegetarian menu;
9) Indoor environment: We are promoting an eco-friendly indoor environment by restricting the smoking zones;
10) Green areas: The team preserves sustainability by discouraging chemical fertilisers and pesticides. These will be replaced by organic options;
11) Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): Being sustainable also means the hotel is taking and planning CSR activities to help social communities in need;
12) Green activities: We are providing information regarding green spaces within the building as well as nearby areas to guests.
“Going Green will not only positively impact the environment but also help reduce excessive costs, hence boosting the property’s profit,” commented Hani Mansour, hotel asset manager at TFG Asset Management.
“The industry is becoming increasingly CSR-focused and guests are keen to know just how responsible and sustainable a property is. By going green, we are giving ourselves an opportunity to enhance our asset value.”
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