Leaders in sustainable tourism and hotel development, Alila Hotels & Resorts has implemented a Zero Waste policy across its portfolio of hotels in Bali. The “Alila Zero Waste to Landfill Project” will launch in August at all Alila’s flagship properties in Bali; Alila Villas Uluwatu, Alila Ubud, Alila Manggis and Alila Seminyak.
*Image caption – Left – Right : Pierre Lang – GM Alila Seminyak, Piet van Zyl – Grop Director of Engineering and Environment, Guy Heywood – COO, Asia Commune Hotels & Resorts, Frederic Simon – CEO, Asia Commune Hotels & Resorts, Nigel Grier – Integrative Design & Project Management)
Bali has long been renowned for its stunning landscapes; rice fields, forests, rivers, beautiful mountains and beaches, but in recent years Bali’s landfill sites have become an increasing threat to the environment. Their explosive greenhouse gasses – which are 20 times more potent than CO² – are being leached into the farmland and watercourses used by the local communities.
In response to this, and Alila’s commitment to sustainable tourism, the Company has taken a zero tolerance to waste. Each hotel’s PIONEER team (Positive Impact on Nature, Environment and Earth’s Resources) will be responsible for upholding the zero-to-landfill status and to ensuring Alila is in no-way contributing to the problem. Alongside this, PIONEER team members will look at ways to encourage local communities and guests to think differently about waste and the impact it has on the environment. Initiatives include incentivizing waste collection for local village residents, and primary school kids will be encouraged to bring their waste to school, in return Alila will contribute to the school fund.
Alila will be investing in an Integrated Sustainable Resource Recovery Facility (iSuRRF) and laboratory where all waste will be transformed into value and diverted through a series of simple yet proven technical, biological and engineering systems. A full composting system will be implemented for all organic waste in each hotel. A permaculture organic garden will also be introduced to help develop sustainable and self-sufficient agricultural ecosystems. For instance, the technology will convert otherwise uneconomic waste plastics like wraps and films into a light green crude oil that will be distilled down to diesel, kerosene, gasoline for reuse in the hotels.
Frederic Flageat-Simon, CEO of Alila Hotels & Resorts comments, “The amount of passion and dedication that has already gone into developing this initiative is inspiring. I am so proud to be part of a team that has such a strong commitment to sustainable tourism.” Guy Heywood, Chief Operating Officer, concludes that “being able to see the benefits of our efforts will hopefully bring home the importance of Zero Waste to Landfill projects, for our employees, for our guests and for the local communities.”
Alila is recognised as a leader in sustainable tourism – firmly respecting and preserving the way of life and traditions of local communities and believing that the environment, both natural and social, is critical to the sustainability of its business. Back in 2009, Alila Villas Uluwatu was the first resort in Bali to be a designed and built property to earth check strict environmentally standard. Furthermore, Alila Seminyak obtained the EarthCheck “Design and Built” certification in 2014. All Alila properties in Bali are operated to Earth Check standards and subject to yearly audit.
The hallmark of Alila is the combination of innovative design and luxury in unique locations, set apart by an unprecedented level of private space, crafted artisanship, personalised hospitality, and bespoke learning journeys. Alila means “Surprise” in Sanskrit, which suitably describes the refreshing character of our properties and impressions of our guests when they stay with us. In support of sustainable tourism, Alila hotels adopt EarthCheck operating standards, integrating the natural, physical and cultural elements of their environments. To stay at any of Alila’s hotels & resorts is to embark on a destination experience – be it in recreating the flavours of the local cuisine, enhancing your well-being through ancient healing arts or the thrill of adventure sports, you will re-discover the luxury of living at Alila. www.alilahotels.com
Commune Hotels & Resorts is an international, multi-brand lifestyle hotel management company which manages and operates Alila Hotels and Resorts, an exclusive luxury brand; Thompson Hotels, a sophisticated lifestyle brand; Joie de Vivre Hotels, a collection of independently branded boutique hotels; and tommie, a new micro-lifestyle hotel brand. The COMMUNE office in Singapore oversees the Asia Pacific development and hotel management for all four brands, with upcoming developments in Indonesia, Cambodia, China, Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia and the Philippines. Brand Alila now operates 12 properties in Asia and is set to open another 17 hotels by 2018. Together with Commune and Destination Hotels, the group operates more than 100 properties with 38 under development throughout the US, UK and Asia. www.communehotels.com
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