You might think that getting the prefect photo for Instagram is the latest trend in travel in 2019, but that was yesterday’s news. Sustainability is the new hot topic that has reached the all the way to The Royal Family.
Choosing sustainable accommodation is on the rise and is the latest trend in travel for 2019. But how do you know if your hotel or resort is taking sustainable actions? The easiest way to gain peace of mind is to search for accommodation that has received certification from an eco-label.
For hotels and resorts to receive certification, they must meet strict criteria from areas such as sustainable management, social/economic, cultural heritage, environment with audits happening on a regular basis to ensure their claims validity.
Accommodation and the Sustainable Development Goals
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) set out a blueprint to achieve a more sustainable future for everyone. They are 17 interconnected goals developed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 to be achieved by the year 2030.
By making the choice to stay in a hotel or resort that has been certified by an eco-label such as Green Globe, Green Key, Travelife or EarthCheck, you are choosing accommodation that have taken steps to achieve several SGD’s.
Hotels and resorts that have received an eco-label have taken steps to achieving several SDG’s. Green Globe for example identified three key goals that relate to sustainable tourism and are built into their more than 40 sustainability criteria to receive certification:
- Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth;
- Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production; and
- Goal 14: Life below water.
In additional to these three key goals identified by Green Globe and built into their certification process, hotels and resorts can also achieve several other SDG’s. Installing energy efficient appliances and lightbulbs or installer solar power and offsetting emissions are all actions that can contribute to Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy.
Other initiatives that hotels and resorts can take to achieve the SDG’s and contribute to building a more sustainable tourism sector may include:
- Supporting local community through donations;
- Including gender equality into hiring practices; and
- Providing sustainable transport options like solar buggies or bikes.
To learn more about tourism and the SDG’s, browse through the ‘Tourism for SDG’s platform’.
Below are three hotels and resorts that have received Green Globe certification and have taken actions to achieve the SDG’s. To search for hotels and resorts that have achieved an eco-label certification, visit The Green Wall’s Hotels & Resorts page.
Constance Moofushi is a Certified – GOLD member through the Green Globe Standard for Travel & Tourism.
Sustainable actions include:
- energy efficient lighting and appliances;
- non-toxic cleaning products, paints and sealants;
- Recycling practices;
- No longer use single-use dishes and cups;
- Source locally grown organic produce;
- Preserving natural biodiversity;
- and many more.
The resort has achieved a score of 91 by Green Globe.
Movenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali is a Certified member through the Green Globe Standard for Travel & Tourism and achieved a score of 89.
Sustainable actions include:
- Ninety percent of lighting is energy efficient resulting in lower energy costs and reduced emissions.
- In 2018, plastic bottles were replaced with reusable glass bottles saving 147,000 plastic bottles.
- Plastic straws have been replaced in restaurants for biodegradable materials.
InterContinental Carlton Cannes is a Certified – GOLD member through the Green Globe Standard for Travel & Tourism and achieved a score of 84.
Most notably, InterContinental Carlton Cannes has implemented an innovative waste solution that transforms food waste into fertilizer.
The luxury hotel also built a 5-Star Shelter for honeybees on its palace roof.