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BANGKOK—Six Senses Laamu has become the first resort in the Maldives to establish and implement a Code of Conduct for dolphin watching in order to protect the local spinner and bottlenose dolphins, and to ensure the future sustainability of their populations. Fully committed to developing a sustainable business and eco-tourism, the resort has developed policies and procedures in line with the Green Globe 21 standards: Energy Conservation, Waste Reduction, Nature, Island & Reef Protection, and Social Responsibility. These policies and procedures are renewed at least annually. Now, expanding on this commitment, the Code of Conduct for dolphin watching rounds out the Six Senses Sustainability Policy for Six Senses Laamu: “To improve the ecological footprint of biodiversity conservation, preservation and restoration within the resort as well as nearby surrounding areas.” The Code of Conduct has been implemented by Rachel Lambert, Six Senses Laamu’s resident biologist. After working with Sea Watch Foundation on their Cardigan Bay Bottlenose Dolphin Monitoring project, Rachel Lambert has created Six Senses Laamu’s program.
LAS VEGAS—MGM Resorts International has launched a new supplier initiative in partnership with Ecodesk, a global sustainability data platform, that builds upon its commitment to environmental responsibility.
LONDON—More than 15,000 hotels around the world have so far adopted the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI) methodology that allows them, for the first time, to calculate and communicate the carbon footprint of hotel stays and meetings in a consistent and transparent way. This huge achievement is the result of months of hard work by the working group of International Tourism Partnership (ITP), the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and 23 leading global hospitality companies to roll out the methodology to their properties and to communicate the initiative to a wide range of stakeholders—including industry associations, certification bodies and corporate customers. Version 1.1 of the methodology was issued today, June 5, to mark World Environment Day. This latest version gives greater clarity on reporting emissions and has been streamlined to make it more user-friendly, including easy-reference emissions factor tables. HCMI, a voluntary and free methodology, has been developed to be robust enough to meet global carbon reporting standards but also practical enough for any hotel to implement.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Sustainable Travel Leadership Network (STLN) introduced TravelWell, a new sustainability tool, at a recent event co-hosted by Virgin Holidays and Condé Nast Traveler in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
CAMBRIDGE, OHIO—On a day very soon Ohio State Park Lodges will be buying most of the food served in its restaurants from sustainable sources, generating zero hazardous waste and significantly decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. At least that is the goal for five Ohio State Park Lodges operated by concessioner Xanterra Parks & Resorts. “Our sustainability practices permeate every aspect of our operations—rooms, restaurants, gift shops, swimming pools, marinas—you name it, and as new technologies and products become available, we take a fresh look at what we are doing to see if we can improve upon it,” said Greg Woodland, regional manager of Ohio State Park Lodges and Punderson State Park Lodge in northeast Ohio near Newbury, Ohio. “And although we have made significant progress over a period of many years, we know there are always more improvements to be made. We take our mission of providing legacy hospitality with a softer footprint very seriously.” An example of Xanterra’s expanding sustainability strategies can be found in the five lodges.
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS—Business leaders recently called on companies and organizations around the world to embrace the next generation of the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Guidelines—G4. G4 was unveiled before an audience of 1,600 thought leaders and practitioners from around the globe at GRI’s 2013 Global Conference. Experienced reporters welcomed the publication of the Guidelines as a major step forward in the evolution of sustainability reporting. Marina Migliorato, head of CSR at leading Italian power company Enel, said, “To pursue a new sustainable business model, companies need to integrate CSR into their strategy. It is a long journey, but with G4, GRI has provided us with a milestone to achieve this challenging goal.” Christian Mouillon, global vice chair—Assurance at Ernst & Young, commented, “One of the key benefits of the new G4 Guidelines is their redefined focus on disclosure of material issues. This step will increase the transparency and value of sustainability reporting for stakeholders and provide a more accessible framework for organizations, particularly those who have not previously reported.”
LONDON—The first international restaurant rating system that enables diners to choose restaurants that match their sustainability priorities wherever they are in the world was launched recently by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA). Some of the best restaurants in the world have already completed the SRA rating and a number of others have committed to doing so. Narisawa, the two Michelin-starred restaurant in Tokyo, won the Sustainable Restaurant Award, sponsored by Zacapa, at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants this year, by achieving the highest score among the 50 Best Restaurants to complete the SRA’s new Global Rating survey. Noma, in Denmark and 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA, in Hong Kong, completed the top three in this award. The SRA’s Global Sustainability Rating means diners in New York, Paris, Tokyo or Sydney for example, who care about where their food comes from, how restaurants manage their energy, waste and water and how they treat their staff, can check their credentials.
SAN DIEGO—Leading MRO provider HD Supply Facilities Maintenance and Greystar Real Estate Partners announced the launch of a new program to promote sustainability and help the environment by planting thousands of trees.
PORTLAND, ORE.—MeetGreen has added a new product to its suite of sustainable event tools. MeetGreen clients can now access Sustainable Event Solutions’ Sustainable Event Management System (SEMS) and Policy Wizard through meetgreen.com specifically by clicking here.
NATIONAL REPORT—There are very few industries in which competitors have come together and collaborated to address the problem of inconsistent carbon reporting. Despite increasing concerns that carbon reporting is a “tick box” exercise, non-comparable and ultimately informs little about the actual positive change a company is making, collaboration for the sake of a solution often seems a step too far. The global hotel industry is proving that it’s not. The Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI), created by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and International Tourism Partnership (ITP), is the first consistent approach to reporting in the industry. With members of both organizations being fundamental in its development the methodology has been created by the industry, for the industry and has consequently proved both relevant and simple to implement. As one ITP member comments, “HCMI looks simple, but a huge amount of effort went into making it simple so that everyone can use it.” The methodology has been developed to be robust enough to meet global carbon reporting standards.
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