The Caravelle Hotel in Saigon recently completed
installation of a wastewater treatment facility that recycles 40%
of the property's water.
The innovation was a central plank of the
hotelís efforts to set the stage for ISO certification. The hotel
earned the internationally recognized standard last week.
The hotel's previous wastewater recycling
facility was installed in 2006 but lacked sufficient capacity to
make an appreciable impact. The new state of the art model - an
investment of $75,000 - is proving significantly more effective.
The water is used for flushing toilets and to supply the hotel's
cooling tower. Every month between 2,500 - 3,000 cubic meters of
wastewater is recycled.
The hotel has also embarked on a major
drive to reduce electricity consumption by switching to energy
saving light bulbs and installing a high-efficiency chiller to
power its air-conditioning system.
Another recent innovation
is the use of 'green' chemicals to clean all the floors. At almost
1.5 times the cost of regular chemicals, these products represent
quite an investment but are biodegradable within 24 hours.
"You can't put a price on safeguarding the planet for future
generations," said John Gardner, General Manager of the Caravelle.
"That's why we won't be cutting any corners when it comes to being
the best we can be in terms of our commitment to looking after the
environment ... As one of the most recognizable hotels in Ho
Chi Minh city, we realize that we are in a position to lead by
example and that is something we are determined to do."
Accordingly, the Caravelle has a number of major green goals
for the year ahead. Targets for 2011 include a 4% reduction in
harmful Co2 emissions. To achieve this the hotel will replace its
current diesel fuelled boiler with a high efficiency heat pump.
Work on the project is planned to start in July and will be
carried out step by step to ensure that guests are not affected.
Another priority aspiration for the hotel is the
attainment of Green Globe certification, which is regarded as a premier
standard for environmental sustainability development worldwide,
especially in the field of tourism.
"It's very easy to pay lip service to the
environment," said Gardner. "The tourism industry is rife with
talk about green innovations and sustainability, but often the
truth is outweighed by hype."
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