UAE-based Gloria Hotel and Yassat Gloria Hotel and Apartments have been awarded with a Green Globe Certification (GGC) having managed to save AED 4.16 million on their respective electricity and water bills.
Besides a reduction in water and electricity consumption, the two properties witnessed major improvements in a number of other key indicators including carbon footprint per occupied room, and food and waste reduction through the modification of their recycling programmes.
Both Gloria Hotel and Yassat Gloria Hotel and Apartments received scores of 73% and 75% respectively after an audit carried out by UAE-based Farnek, Green Globe’s preferred partner in the Middle East. This is the first year Gloria Hotels and Resorts has received a Green Globe Certification.
Freddy Farid, area general manager of Gloria Hotels and Resorts said: “Saving four million dirhams is clearly substantial and underscores the correlation between sustainability and cost-efficiency. The Green Globe Certification process has systemised our commitment towards sustainability. It forms an important element within our wider vision and commitment to the environment, society and culture, quality, and health and safety.”
To celebrate the Green Globe Certification (GGC), Gloria Hotel and Yassat Gloria Hotel and Apartments have both launched an environment focused promotional package called ‘3G: Go Green with Gloria’. Highlights of the package include a two-night stay for two with breakfast, and having a tree planted in the guests’ name. A one-day NOL card for travel on Dubai’s Metro, trams and buses is also provided to each guest booking the package, as is a AED 10 donation by the hotels to a carbon offset programme.
“We have made tremendous progress to achieve certification. However this is clearly just a beginning for increased and on-going improvement. Nevertheless, initial key milestones have been achieved including energy savings of more than 8,580 megawatt hours (MWh) and 54,000 cubic metres (m3) of water, which is the equivalent of 22 Olympic-sized swimming pools.” Concluded Farid.