In Bali, Indonesia, Alila Manggis has become the second of Alila Hotel and Resorts Bali-based properties to achieve the coveted “EarthCheck Gold“, in recognition of five years of continuous and independently audited environmental and CSR performance.
Environmental restoration, sustainability, and cultural/community revitalization initiatives at Alila Manggis include:
- A reef restoration project run in partnership with a local diving operation which is generating new coral growth and fish life;
- Local community education and engagement including a playground built for village children which also comprises a waste collection and sorting station for local use;
- Monthly ‘clean-up’ days for the local beach and surrounds which are participated in by staff, guests and local villagers;
- The “Greenbank” project which has trained and employs local villagers to recycle and produce needed food and items used by the resort such as candles, gifts and paper products;
100% glass bottle use, composting and reusable shipping boxes; and
- Support of Balinese cultural and religious ceremonies.
EarthCheck CEO and Founder Mr. Stewart Moore said Gold Certification placed the resort within an exclusive segment of the tourism industry who can genuinely quantify their claims of sustainability and corporate social responsibility.
“EarthCheck Certified is by far the tourism industry’s most scientifically rigorous and transparent benchmarking program,” Mr Moore said.
“Since it began measuring its environmental and CSR performance, Alila Manggis has saved more than US$220,000 in operational costs due to reduced energy and potable water consumption, along with a reduction in waste sent to landfill, proving what is good for the planet is also good for business,” he said.
Since partnering with EarthCheck, Alila Manggis has minimised its energy consumption by 25.4% and reduced potable water usage by 52.7%. More than 81,000 litres of waste has been saved from being sent to landfill.
Alila Manggis’ environmentally sustainable practices and proactive community- and operations- based policies will be boosted by the newly announced Zero Waste policy which is being implemented at all five Alila branded resorts across Bali as of September 2016.
“The Zero Waste policy puts the Alila Hotels and Resorts in an indisputable leadership position within Bali’s local tourism industry, which is putting far greater demand on local environmental resources than can be met,” Mr Moore said.
Foreign tourist arrivals Bali are averaging close to 4 million of the more than 11 million foreign visitors to Indonesia each year. The Indonesian government has set a goal of 20 million foreign visitor arrivals by 2019, with Bali expected to absorb roughly 30-40 percent of arrivals.
The environmental and social impact of tourism on Bali has gained international attention with the island’s local and international observers noting stresses on the island’s water, energy and food supplies, including decreasing land availability to maintain the island’s intricately connected rice paddy system.
Frederic Flageat-Simon, CEO of Alila Hotels & Resorts said the group’s partnership to EarthCheck and the introduction of the Zero Waste policy enabled them to operate luxurious properties which integrate commerce, conservation and community.
“The EarthCheck Certified technology is unlike anything else used in the industry—each consecutive year of our Villa Manggis benchmarking and auditing journey revealed successes and areas for improvement—which we were then able to implement the following year,” he said.
“The results speak for themselves—we are proud to have Alila Manggis join our suite of EarthCheck Gold Certified properties— and believe our Zero Waste policy and continued benchmarking and certification will maintain our leadership position in the industry,” he said.
Alila Hotels and Resorts Group Director Engineering and Environment, Piet van Zyl researched, adapted and combined technology to create Integrated Sustainable Resource Recovery Facility’s (iSuRRF’s). Overseeing the operations, PIONEER (Positive Impact on Nature, Environment and Earth’s Resources) team’s will be responsible for upholding the zero-waste- to-landfill status at each Alila property in Bali.
“Our underlying philosophy that when it comes to waste sent to landfill, less waste is not good enough. The only good is to have no waste at all,” said van Zyl, who has resided on the island in his role with Alila since 2011, and believes the iSuRRF technology could be adapted by ‘almost every’ hotel and resort on the island.