Greenest hotels named in Green Hotelier Awards

Four hotels from four global regions, were named on Earth Day (22 April) as the winners of the Green Hotelier Awards 2016 for their outstanding commitment to sustainability.

This year many hotels have upped their game and very few points stood between the top five hotels in each region. The judges spent a good deal of time deliberating to ensure our scoring was thorough and fair.

- Siobhan O'Neill,
Editor, Green Hotelier, and Green Hotelier Awards judge
The winning hotels shared some incredible stories of their sustainability journeys over the years; the impressive impacts they’ve made in reducing their energy, water and waste outputs; the communities they’ve championed and supported and the innovative measures they’ve implemented to take their responsible businesses to the next level.

The winners were:

Europe: London Heathrow Marriott

This hotel stood out for its innovative investments in renewable energy and power optimisation including a remarkable 0% waste to landfill. They were the first European hotel to partner with Clean the World to reprocess partially used bathroom toiletries, and are trialing a GRANULDISK pot washer which has reduced water consumption in the kitchen by an impressive 92%.

Highly Commended in this region are the Inspira Santa Marta Hotel, Lisbon and Sandymount Hotel, Dublin.

Asia Pacific: InterContinental Sydney

This hotel is a pioneer in sustainability with a ground-breaking suite of initiatives which date back more than 25 years. They’ve paved the way for other hotels in Australia by trialling new technologies and not being afraid to abandon them in favour of a better solution if necessary.

Highly Commended are the Palace Hotel Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia and The Sarojin, Thailand.

Middle East & Africa: Yassat Gloria Hotel & Apartments, Dubai

This hotel stood out for the impressive impacts it’s made since beginning its sustainability journey just three years ago. It scored highly in every category with investments to reduce energy, water and waste. It participates in the Soap for Hope programme recycling partially used bathroom amenities, as well as a local can collection programme.

Highly Commended are the InterContinental Aqaba, Jordan and Ramada Hotel & Suites Ajman, UAE.

Americas: Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality, Costa Rica

The judges were impressed by the properties’ black water treatment system and innovative approaches to both laundry and methane capture to reduce energy consumption, as well as use of renewable energy and water reduction programmes. Guests are encouraged to participate via a refillable aluminium water canister instead of glass or plastic bottles, and the hotels’ packaging and paper is mostly made from palm, banana, coffee or sugar cane fibres.

Highly Commended is the NH Collection, Bogota.

You can find out more about the Green Hotelier Awards, and read a series of learning pieces on each of the winners over the coming months in Green Hotelier magazine (online).