Carbon Footprint Certification awarded to nine Jetwing Hotels in Sri Lanka
Nine Jetwing hotels in Sri Lanka have been awarded the prestigious Carbon Footprint Certification from the Sri Lanka Climate Fund. Jetwing Blue, Jetwing St. Andrew's, Jetwing Ayurveda Pavilions, Jetwing Lighthouse, Jetwing Beach, Jetwing Sea, Jetwing Lagoon, Jetwing Yala and Jetwing Vil Uyana were each recognised for their sustainable practices and energy-saving efforts.
As more hotels and accommodation providers around the world seek ways to become more eco-efficient and sustainable, one hotel group in Sri Lanka is leading the way in the green market. Jetwing Hotels is renowned for its green ethos and sustainable practices and recently, nine of its hotels were awarded a prestigious accolade.
The Carbon Footprint Certification was awarded to Jetwing Blue, Jetwing St. Andrew’s, Jetwing Ayurveda Pavilions, Jetwing Lighthouse, Jetwing Beach, Jetwing Sea, Jetwing Lagoon, Jetwing Yala and Jetwing Vil Uyana in Sri Lanka. Certified by the Sri Lanka Climate Fund (SLCF), the hotels were inspected as part of a greenhouse gases (GHG) inventory, and they were the first to be certified under the ISO 14064 (International Standards for environmental management) standard in Sri Lanka.
Jetwing Hotels has reduced its consumption of grid electricity by promoting non-fossil fuel based and renewable energy through the use of fuel wood, solar electricity (PV), solar thermal and biogas systems. Now, more than 50 per cent of the energy requirement at Jetwing Hotels’ properties is provided by renewable energy sources.
“With the certificates we have received we have achieved quite a milestone indeed. Nine of our 19 resorts are now certified, and it is a great honour to have our efforts recognised and verified according to international standards.
“Our engineering and hotel teams constantly work hard to live up to our reputation for being a company that utilises green technology, and we thank them for their efforts as we can only go further from here.”
Hiran Cooray, the Chairman of Jetwing Hotels, commented.
Jetwing Hotels is a family-run hotel group in Sri Lanka that has been operating for 44 years. Hiran, the son of the company’s founder, Herbert Cooray, persuaded his father to set up a sewerage treatment plant a few years ago, and since then he has recruited engineers and naturalists to help bring in sustainable practices to all of the group’s luxury hotels.
Solar heaters have been introduced to heat water throughout the properties and save on electricity bills and usage, and boilers which are fuelled by biomass using cinnamon wood have been installed. Many of the group’s newest hotels are completely solar-powered, and several sell surplus electricity back to the grid, with diesel generators relegated to a backup role.
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