IN the very competitive hospitality industry it is difficult to keep up let alone climb to the top but having done just that is none other than Swiss firm Mövenpick which has been recognized as a “global leader” in certified sustainable practices by Green Globe.
That companies endeavoring to be as green as possible should be lauded is of course due to global warming which is leading to rising sea levels as polar ice caps melt and more severe storms as well as other hazardous weather patterns.
“While many view the effects of global warming to be more substantial and more rapidly occurring than others do, the scientific consensus on climatic changes related to global warming is that the average temperature of the Earth has risen between 0.4 and 0.8 °C over the past 100 years.
“The increased volumes of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases released by the burning of fossil fuels, land clearing, agriculture, and other human activities, are believed to be the primary sources of the global warming that has occurred over the past 50 years.
“Scientists from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate carrying out global warming research have recently predicted that average global temperatures could increase between 1.4 and 5.8 °C by the year 2100,” an article posted on livescience.com says.
It was Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach in Phuket that was this company’s top performer in Asia with an impressive 86% compliance rate after having introduced electric tuk tuks to its guest transportation fleet.
Green Globe’s 2015 report stated that Mövenpick has an overall average compliance score of 84% which is 2.5% higher than the average of all its certified members worldwide totaling 81.5%.
“In Nepal we collaborate with Right4Children, offering disadvantaged young people intensive vocational and life-skills training, and subsequently offer them job opportunities as part of our SHINE initiative. Around 25 students participate in this program every year,” explained Jean Gabriel Pérès, president and CEO of Mövenpick Hotels & Resort.
The group’s top-performing hotels were all located in Germany and outstanding examples include car-sharing initiatives at Mövenpick Hotel Berlin and green meetings at Mövenpick Hotel Nürnberg-Airport where even pens are biodegradable.
Innovative projects include an annual employee-led harvesting of 2,000 kilograms of oranges from the gardens of Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea, Jordan, some of which the chefs turn into marmalade to serve at breakfast.
Another one is underwater clean-ups and diving restrictions to preserve the marine environment at Egypt’s Mövenpick Resort El Quseir.
By Thai Residents reporters
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