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Eco-friendly Hotel Summit Generates New Ideas For Sustainability
Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Summit Aids Future Sustainability Projects
March 27, 2013
DUBAI, UAE - Attendees from government authorities and several different UAE Hilton branded hotels gathered at Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort at an event staged recently to build on existing sustainability efforts and to share best practices to further enhance eco-initiatives across the UAE community. Topics covered include energy reduction, water usage and waste output.
The event had several components to encourage sharing of information and collaboration with government authorities and environmental agencies. The Summit included a panel discussion with three UAE property representatives on completed sustainability initiatives, led by the senior sustainability manager from the Hilton Worldwide offices in Europe. Afternoon workshops were led by subject matter experts from health and safety, housekeeping, and engineering departments within Hilton Hotels and Resorts.
These subjects were driven by Hilton Worldwide’s proprietary measurement system called LightStay which was developed to calculate and analyze sustainability performance. LightStay measures multiple utility and operational metrics such as energy, water, carbon, housekeeping, paper product usage, waste, chemical storage, air quality and transportation. As the first major multi-brand hospitality company to make sustainability measurement a brand standard and require performance against sustainability goals, Hilton Worldwide completed the adoption of LightStay™ across the company’s more than 3,900 properties in 91 countries in 2011.
The Summit also welcomed contributions and eco-recommendations from Ms Shaika Ebrahim AlMutawa, Director of Business Development at Dubai Tourism Commerce Marketing (DTCM) , Mr Sultan Al Zaabi, Engineer, Conservation & Outreach Engagement at Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) and Ms Habiba Al Marashi, Chairperson at Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) and President – UN Global Impact Network GCC States.
General Manager of the hosting hotel, Christian Muhr said, “I am delighted our inaugural sustainability summit attracted such prominent organisations with expert panellists, direct contributors and sponsors all playing a key role to ensure the event was a success. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, and its sister hotels across the UAE, have benefited greatly from the learnings, specialist knowledge and experience we have seen throughout this important gathering.”
The event also had a spinoff benefit for Emirates Environmental Group (EEG), when a contribution for AED10,000 was presented at the end of the proceedings.
The Sustainability Summit was the first of its kind in the region but aims to be an annual event to help connect properties to achieve global sustainability targets. Event organisers were grateful to a range of sponsors including Farnek Avireal, Diversey and Organic Foods and Café.
About The Event Sponsors
About Farnek Avireal
Farnek Avireal is one of the region’s foremost property and facilities management outsource companies. Winner of the green FM Company of the Year 2012 for its eco-friendly cleaning services and energy management services integrated to FM, Farnek is present in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Ras Al Khaimah and maintains over 1,000 properties including iconic buildings on behalf of international and regional companies and hotels, regrouping a skilled workforce of more than 1,700 people.
Farnek Avireal is the official representative of myclimate, an international non profit organisation that helps companies and individuals around the world offset their carbon emissions through a range of offset programmes. It is also the exclusive auditor within the Middle East for Green Globe Certification, which is the worldwide sustainability certification based on internationally-accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses.
Operating under a worldwide license, Green Globe Certification is based in California, USA, and is represented in over 83 countries. For more information, please visit www.greenglobe.com.
Together we are the new global leader in food safety and security, facility hygiene and product protection. We’re creating value by enhancing the quality of life for consumers and providing a cleaner and healthier environment for future generations. Diversey is a leading global provider of sustainable cleaning and hygiene systems and solutions. With sales in over 160 countries, we serve institutional and industrial end-users such as the inflight catering and inside airplane cleaning industry, food service providers, lodging establishments, food and beverage processing, building service contractors, retail outlets, healthcare facilities and swimming pool water treatment. We offer everything required to ensure environmental sustainability, protect brands and maintain the highest standards of safety, efficiency and cleanliness.
Diversey’s advantage is our ability to deliver everyday, everywhere, consistent, reliable systems and solutions to the industry.
About Organic Foods and Café
Organic Foods and Café is a family run organic supermarket and café that sells fresh organic and biodynamic food, supplements, skincare, cosmetics, baby items and household cleaning products. With several outlets across UAE (Sheikh Zayed, Greens, Masdar City) the Organic Foods and Café is the only certified organic outlet in the Middle East and largest supplier of organic products in the world.
At the Organic Foods and Café you can find everything from freshly baked bread to fruit and vegetables. Supplying over 15,000 hormone and chemical free products direct from family run organic farms throughout the world as well as the largest range of gluten free products in the region, the Organic Foods and Café caters to the health conscious and eco conscious consumer.
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