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Melia Bali Earns EarthCheck Platinum Certification for Environmental Practices

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Melia Bali has earned an EarthCheck Platinum Certification for Environmental Practices.

The EarthCheck Program is focused on maximizing operational efficiencies to minimize CO2e emissions, while supporting host communities. It looks at key environmental indicators such as energy and water consumption, total waste production as well as community commitment, to determine the level of performance.

Only those organizations that can consistently demonstrate operational practices that adhere to the highest environmental standards over a period of 10 years, receive the much-coveted Platinum Certification.

Melia Bali has always been a leader in promoting sustainable tourism, said Jim Boyles, General Manager of Melia Bali. We are the first hotel in Asia to be given the distinction of EarthCheck Platinum and one of only five hotels in the world ... We believe the hospitality industry in Bali is highly dependent on the islands unspoiled environment and the culture of its people. Visitors come especially to enjoy Balis unique cultural heritage. A better living standard and quality of life for the Balinese people will ensure the future of Balis hospitality industry.

Prior to achieving Certification, Melia Bali successfully benchmarked and certified its operations each year, using the EarthCheck tool. This involved the organization submitting a years worth of operational data, and having it compared to that of other organizations that are similar in kind.

The EarthCheck Program uses more than a decade of factual, operational data, submitted by over 1100 organisations in 65 countries. By taking such a holistic view of company practices, Melia Bali was able to identify where they were out-performing others, and keep at the forefront of global sustainable tourism efforts.

I congratulate Melia Bali in their achievement of EarthCheck Certified Platinum status, said Stewart Moore, CEO of EC3 Global. Melia Bali is one of less than a handful of organizations in the world to have achieved this and should be viewed as a leader in the field of sustainable tourism ... Platinum Certification is not a green tick that can be purchased or applied for. It must be duly earned over a decade of verifiable commitment to the highest possible standards of operational practices. The resort has recognized a maturing of the science behind climate change and environmental sustainability, and has demonstrated their belief that the planet deserves more than half measures.

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