Across the Corinthia Hotels brand, efforts to reduce the environmental impact of our core business activities have been consistently ambitious and varied. We strive to provide the best possible, individually tailored care to our guests, whilst respecting our planet’s delicate environmental balance. Through local projects and participation in internationally acclaimed events, including Earth Hour, we endeavour – through efforts large and small – to support environmental sustainability at home and abroad.
In order to achieve this, we focus on three main points of action:
• Perfecting Energy Efficiency;
• Preventing Water Wastage;
• Saving Unique Habitats.
All our hotels are dedicated to their Bath and Bed Linen Reuse Programme, and our staff team members and guests are warmly encouraged to play their individual roles in reducing our water, detergent and energy consumption. By reusing towels and linen, without this impacting on their comfort and care, guests can make their stay significantly greener.
1. PERFECTING ENERGY EFFICIENCY
In an attempt to minimise our carbon footprint, we strive to decrease our energy consumption, and we have achieved significant results to date. Five years ago, Corinthia Hotel Lisbon implemented their ‘Energy Efficient Hotel Project’ in partnership with Galp Soluções de Energia and Instituto de Soldadura e Qualidade (ISQ). As a result, the hotel was declared the Winner of the Western Europe Region Energy Project 2013 at the Association of Energy Engineers Conference in Washington, DC. By redesigning the water reservoirs, heat exchangers and energy management system in accordance to their renewed hotel energy profile, Corinthia Hotel Lisbon succeeded in reducing its energy consumption by 25% during the first half of 2013, which corresponds to 600.000 kWh and 290 tons of CO2.
“This project combines our commitment to reduce our CO2 footprint with our goal to achieve energy efficiency.”
Reuben Mifsud, General Manager of the Corinthia Hotel Lisbon
We wholeheartedly encourage similar Energy Efficient Hotel Projects in our other hotels, and the individual hotels have taken significant measures and set ambitious goals concerning their energy consumption. At the heart of the brand, the first-built Corinthia Palace Hotel Malta in Malta has committed to reduce energy consumption by at least 3% within the next five years and is set to make their heating system significantly greener through the installation of a solar photovoltaic system.
2. PREVENTING WATER WASTAGE
Water conservation and sustainable waste management systems are equally important in our efforts to make the Corinthia hotels greener. Our Malta hotels have been actively involved with the Invest in Water Project. After we welcomed Malta Business Bureau (MBB) to carry out audits in our Malta Hotels, we worked arduously at improving our water management system, achieving noteworthy results.
• By installing flow restrictors in wash hand basins, wash hand basin water was reduced by 55% across the three properties.
• By switching to water-saving showerheads, shower water consumption was reduced by 25%.
Though impressive, we strive for perfection, and our hotels continue to set themselves new goals. As such, the Corinthia Palace Hotel Malta has committed to reducing their water consumption by at least an additional 3% in the next five years.
However, we strongly believe that technological improvement is only part of the solution. Behavioural change – tackling society’s habits – remains an indispensable ingredient to achieve sustainable improvement. Our Malta hotels have therefore worked tirelessly to organise training workshops for staff on the importance of water conservation, to distribute booklets for children throughout the hotels and to host student visits and show rounds about the Corinthia’s water conservation initiatives. The latter two have been organised in collaboration with HSBC’s ongoing ‘Catch the Drop’ campaign.
As our staff team members, guests and the wider community increasingly understand the importance of our water conservation initiatives, we are witnessing a very concrete decrease in water consumption. This additionally translates into a reduction of fuel consumption, as less water needs to be heated, thus helping to further diminish our carbon footprint.
Our water initiatives as a Just a Drop Premier Partner have a distinctly humanitarian dimension. Just a Drop, an international water-aid charity, aims to provide safe water and better sanitation to people without access to these necessities, and thus fundamentally helping to reduce the child mortality which would otherwise ensue.
Two rural communities in Zambia and Tanzania have now recently benefited from the generous support of Corinthia Hotels, following the completion of clean water projects implemented by Just a Drop. This marks a total of five Corinthia supported Just a Drop projects which have brought life-changing clean water to a total of 45,325 children and families over the past three years.
Alfred Pisani, Founder and Group Chairman of Corinthia Hotels, said, “We at Corinthia are proud to play a small part. Through our on-going support of Just a Drop, we have been able to make a difference, by providing life sustaining clean drinking water for five villages already in Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Most of us take clean water for granted, but for these villagers this very basic part of life is a daily struggle. Corinthia Hotels looks forward to continuing to make a positive contribution, village by village, to the health and well-being of these children and their families, hopefully leading to brighter futures.”
The borehole and hand-pump will – for the first time – offer the village a much-needed, clean, local and sustainable source of water. As the villagers will no longer be reliant on the dirty water from shallow wells, the occurrence of water-borne illnesses such as diarrhoea, worms, river blindness, skin infections and cholera, will be diminished, as will the financial burden that comes with needing to treat these diseases. Children and women will furthermore be spared the physical burden of having to walk up to 15 kilometres a day to find clean water. As it will be positioned in a cattle corridor, the hand-pump will become indispensable for people passing through with their livestock.
3. SAVING UNIQUE HABITATS
Our participation in global events like Earth Hour and our arduous efforts to reduce our water and fuel consumption across the Corinthia hotels contribute immensely to the worldwide ambition to save our planet. More locally and specifically, the Corinthia Hotel St George’s Bay also joins forces with other five star hotels in Malta in their efforts to clean and clear up the seabed of St. George’s Bay.