Farnek Avireal guides Movenpick to green award
Tala Bay resort is first hotel to receive Green Globe Certification
The Movenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay, Aqaba has become the first Movenpick property to be awarded the Green Globe Certification.
Farnek Avireal holds the rights to utilise the Green Globe brand throughout the Middle East and is responsible for assisting all Mővenpick hotels in the region to meet the 248 Green Globe standards, which represent the best in sustainable practice within the hospitality, travel and tourism sector.
“Initially Mövenpick aims to certify 20% of its hotels by the end of next year and the rest of its international property portfolio by the end of 2013,” said Markus Oberlin, GM, Farnek Avireal.
“All Mővenpick hotels have access to our energy benchmark auditing system which uses internet based software ‘hotel-optimiser’ to calculate CO2 emissions.”
This includes the financial cost, allowing hotels to track their energy and water consumption as well as non-recyclable waste production. Many of the chief engineers of Mövenpick properties across the region have already been trained in implementing the technology at a workshop in Cairo.
“We estimate that Tala Bay could reduce its carbon emissions by more than 6,250 tonnes annually,” added Oberlin.
In addition complying with the GGC audit will not only reduce the energy consumption it will also have a direct effect on their utility bills. Reduced energy consumption could save an average 250 bedroom hotel around $5 per room-night.
Tala Bay achieved 91% in the final auditing phase – 40% more than Green Globe minimum criteria dictates.
The resort excelled in the three key areas; energy and water consumption, total waste production and community commitment.
Hubert Klemenz, General Manager of The Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba, said the Green Globe ranking was the pinnacle, after recently receiving Green Key resort status. The hotel had already successfully gained approval from the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) and the International Standards Organisation ISO22000 certification.
“This clearly demonstrates our strong commitment to the principles of sustainability and particularly our concerted efforts to protect the environment. We can now also demonstrate to our guests and stakeholders that we have been recognised internationally for our sustainable policies, procedures and codes of practice,” he said.