Hotels have can play a key role in moving towards a more sustainable future
As the world becomes increasingly aware of the need to protect the environment, many businesses are looking for ways to operate in a more sustainable way. For hotels, this means considering the ecological impact of their operations and seeking ways to reduce their environmental footprint.
Ecostars, as ecological hotel rating system is designed to encourage hoteliers to adopt more sustainable practices. By publicly recognizing hotels that are making an effort to reduce their environmental impact, the system provides an incentive for other hotels to follow suit. In addition, the system helps guests to identify hotels that are committed to sustainable operations. When choosing a hotel, guests can use the rating system to ensure that their vacation will not come at the expense of the planet.
This specific sustainability certification for hotels, awards eco-stars based on a hotel’s environmental impact per stay. The system assesses environmental impact in key areas: water usage, energy consumption, sustainable food, social impact, waste management, and carbon emissions. hotels that meet or exceed the standards in all four categories are awarded a gold rating, while those that fall short in one or more areas are given a silver or bronze rating. By achieving Ecostars certification, Hotels Ultonia Girona want to demonstrate our commitment to sustainable operations and provide their guests with peace of mind knowing that they are supporting a green business. More than 500 hotels have already been certified in multiple countries, making Ecostars one of the largest sustainability seals in the world, however less than 20% of them reached Silver E3***
How can you make an hotel more environmentally friendly?
As a growing company, we always look for ways to reduce costs and increase profits. But what if there were a way to do both by becoming more environmentally friendly? Find out our learnings:
1. Educate your staff and guests about conserving energy. Simple things like turning off lights when they’re not needed and using the stairs instead of the elevator can make a big difference.
2. Invest in energy-efficient appliances and fixtures. LED bulbs use less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs, for example, so you’ll save money on your electric bill while helping the environment.
3. Take advantage of natural light. Open the curtains and blinds during the day to let in as much sunlight as possible. This will not only save energy, but it will also create a more pleasant atmosphere for your guests.
4. Implement a recycling program at your hotel. Encourage your staff and guests to recycle paper, plastic, and metal items. You can even offer incentives, such as discounts on future stays, for those who participate.
By taking some simple steps to become more environmentally friendly, the organization can save money while also doing your part to protect the planet. So why not start implementing these tips today? Our guests already appreciate these efforts and we sleep soundly knowing that we’re running a sustainable business.