Caravelle Hotel in HCM Finishing Work on Second Round of Green Initiatives

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The Caravelle Hotel in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, is finishing work on a second round of green initiatives, furthering its commitment to sustainability and environmentally sound best practices in Vietnam.

Its second generation efforts are anchored by the installation of an additional waste water treatment plant where the hotel plans to recycle water for use in its A/C cooling towers and in its guest room toilets.

The hotel recently replaced three A/C chillers, reducing its energy footprint by a substantial margin. It also replaced the A/C controllers in every guest room to increase accuracy and efficiency.

In October, the Caravelle rebalanced its hot water system, reducing the amount of time necessary to deliver hot water to guests.

Once youve become sensitized to the need to reduce energy consumption for cost containment purposes, feeling good about environmentally sound practices is a natural consequence, and a stimulus to additional opportunities, said John Gardner, general manager of the hotel.

He said the hotel was considering swapping its diesel-fired hot water boiler system for a hybrid heat pump/solar panel system.

Management hired an environmental officer last year and is now in the midst of an ISO 14001 compliance project. Part of this process involves implementation of a hotel-wide sorting system for all of its waste products.

The hotel launched its Green Initiatives program in 2008. Initial efforts involved recycling paper, reusing linens and converting to low-energy bulbs.

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