Six Senses to launch off grid “net-zero travel” hotel in Norway

NORWAY: Luxury hotel group Six Senses Hotels & Resorts is launching a “net-zero travel” hotel in Norway.

NORWAY: Luxury hotel group Six Senses Hotels & Resorts is launching a “net-zero travel” hotel in Norway.

The 94-room hotel will be called Six Senses Svart and is the brand’s first foray into Scandinavia.

The circular-designed building is the first in the northern hemisphere to be designed and built with an energy efficient standard, which means it will collect enough energy from its solar panels to operate the hotel, its activities and the shuttle boat, which transports guests across the fjord.

It also means that within five years the hotel will produce enough energy of its own to cover the energy output of constructing the property. Often when hotels say they are carbon neutral, they are not counting the carbon emissions caused during construction, and are only referring to the operations side. This hotel can deliver 89 per cent of the 45 per cent decrease in emissions to reach the limited 1.5°C in the Paris Agreement and in its effort to become the first fully carbon-neutral and emission-free resort it will also, in around five years, generate more energy (via its solar panels and geothermal wells) than it took to build, and will take to operate.

The resort and its services, including the greenhouse farm, boat shuttles, and experiences, will be completely self-sufficient, operating off grid, in electricity, water, and waste management. To achieve this the hotel will operate a circular economy managing its own waste and water management, recycling and renewable infrastructure. 

Ivaylo Lefterov, Svart development director said: “Building a unique environment through cutting-edge design and superior craftsmanship comes with clear obligations. Creating a sustainable destination through an optimised resort operation requires us to collaborate with the right partner. Six Senses shares the same ethos and ambition, to redefine bespoke travel through technological innovation, carbon-neutral approach, ground-breaking design, and an exceptional guest journey.”

Inside, the hotel the restaurants will work with sustainable fishing and farming groups, have a zero-waste dining option and provide filtered water to guests through its own water cycle.

There will also be a Svart Design Lab, which offers education for guests to understand how new technologies can bring the hotel sector closer to carbon neutrality. 

Jan-Gunnar Mathisen, CEO of the project’s owner and developer said: “To enhance the vision of Svart, we have established a Net Zero Lab, a vehicle for developing and taking to market the technology created by us in a joint effort with Six Senses to reach the common goal for net-zero travel. This means the guest journey will have zero environmental impact from start to end. The mission is to achieve common ground for all stakeholders pushing the technology to the next level to benefit the resort and the industry at large.”

As a centre for engagement and innovation, the Earth Lab will serve as the sustainability outreach space, showcasing “lifecycle living” initiatives on and off the property. 

Six Senses Svart is due for completion in 2024.

Radisson Hotels and Resorts recently announced a sustainable certified hotel in Norway’s capital Oslo.

Image from Six Senses Hotels Resorts and Spas.

Adelaide hotel development to be carbon neutral

AUSTRALIA: Thrive Construct in Adelaide has announced a AUS$300 million plan to develop two international hotels with a focus on sustainable construction.

AUSTRALIA: Thrive Construct in Adelaide has announced a AUS$300 million plan to develop two international hotels with a focus on sustainable construction.

The two hotels will be in Adelaide’s city centre and on the coast at Whyalla foreshore.

To help make the construction sustainable the company will be using cross-laminated timber (which is eco friendly in the sense renewable and made from sustainable materials) and green steel, which is steel with the lowest carbon footprint possible at the time.

Barrie Harrop, executive chairman of Thrive Construct said: “Upon completion, the Victoria Square site will be the tallest hotel in the world manufactured from cross-laminated timber. We have worked with Cox Architects to develop a structure that is completely carbon neutral and constructed from renewable plantation pine and green steel. All supplied from Australian industry”. 

The Victoria Square hotel in the city will have 324 rooms and 22 apartments as well as a rooftop bar. The Whyalla property will have 164 suites and 49 apartments surrounded by the botanic garden.

The hotels will be prefabricated using modular construction and factory assembled before being constructed onsite.

Both hotels are expected to be completed by 2024 with the Whyalla foreshore hotel construction beginning later this year and Victoria Square construction starting early next year.

Image: Thrive Construct

Hotelbeds commits to environmental strategy

WORLDWIDE: Hotelbeds, a global bedbank has put sustainable tourism at the centre of its ESG strategy.

WORLDWIDE: Hotelbeds, a global bedbank, has put sustainable tourism at the centre of its ESG strategy.

The Palma-based company has already achieved carbon neutral status for the last four years and has signed up to The Climate Pledge, which aims to achieve the goals in the Paris Agreement 10 years early.

Hotelbeds has also launched its Green Hotels programme and offers support for Ukraine with its Make Room 4 Ukraine initiative.

Chief executive Hotelbeds, Nicolas Huss said: “As one of the world’s leading travel technology companies, we have the opportunity to make tourism a force for good and contribute to creating a sustainable future. We are committed to supporting and developing green tourism and to continue to reduce the environmental impact of our daily operations and offices, while also supporting our partners to achieve their own ESG goals. 

This year Hotelbeds plans to launch a global reforestation project and a mentoring scheme for small scale or start-up businesses, particularly those with a focus on sustainable travel.

It also plans to introduce search filters identifying hotels that are committed to sustainability initiatives. Hotels which would come up on this search might have banned single use plastic or have electric charging points for vehicles.

Huss added: “Another important part of our strategy is to make sure we lead our ESG agenda from the front, ensuring our employees can contribute themselves to creating a stronger and healthier society as well as supporting local communities to thrive and progress.”

A recent survey suggested more than 50 per cent of UK travellers want to stay in sustainable accommodation when they travel.

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Marie Claire UK Sustainability Awards recognise hospitality efforts

WORLDWIDE: Marie Claire’s UK Sustainable Hospitality Awards have recognised several hotel groups and independent hotels for their efforts in actively implementing change for sustainability.

WORLDWIDE: Marie Claire’s UK Sustainable Hospitality Awards have recognised several hotel groups and independent hotels for their efforts in actively implementing change for sustainability.

Global hospitality group Accor has won the Marie Claire Sustainability Award for Best Sustainable Hotel (global group) while London’s Room2 Chiswick has won for Best Sustainable Hotel (independent).

The awards, which are judged by an independent panel of industry and sustainability experts, celebrate the brands and organisations that are actively implementing change for a sustainable future.

Accor has a longstanding commitment to sustainability and in March last year it was the first major international hotel group to set out its long-term science-based targets to reduce carbon emissions in line with the 1.5°C ambition of the Paris Agreement. 

The global group also pledged to ban single-use plastic by the end of this year and achieve net zero emissions by 2050. It became the first international hotel group to commit to this.

Duncan O’Rourke, CEO Accor Northern Europe, commented on winning the award: “Sustainability impacts every element of the hospitality industry from how consumers and businesses perceive us, to how we attract, engage and retain employees, interact with the communities we operate in, and design our hotels and food and drink choices. Above all it is our corporate responsibility to act positively. This is why it is integrated into every part of our business. We’re delighted to receive this recognition and will continue to keep striving to do better and lead the industry on sustainability issues every day.”

Room2 Chiswick is the world’s first “whole-life net-zero ‘hometel’”, and its zero carbon footprint also recognises the embodied carbon used in its development, meaning that all carbon emissions associated with its creation from beginning to end, and now in its operation, have been taken into account to deliver its zero-carbon footprint.

Sani Resort won the Best Sustainable Holiday (with kids) Abroad. In 2020 the resort was the first certified carbon-neutral resort in Greece. Its location already attracts those interested in the environment as it is set in a 1,000-acre ecological reserve, with 7km of Blue-Flag beaches, 20km of forest trails, and 270 acres of wetlands.

Andrea Thompson, Marie Claire’s editor-in-chief and Sustainability Awards judge said: “What really makes Sani Resort stand out is its environment-focused activities for kids, which teach the next generation all about ecosystems, recycling and other ways they can protect the planet.”

The recognition for sustainable practices comes as’s sustainability report found that more than half of UK travellers are looking to book sustainable accommodation on their travels.

Image courtesy of Accor Hotel Group.

First carbon neutral five star hotel to open in Menorca

SPAIN: Menorca will have its first carbon neutral five star hotel at the end of this month.

SPAIN: Menorca will have its first carbon neutral five star hotel at the end of this month.

The  Villa Le Blanc By Gran Meliá, will open at the end of July and is the latest opening for the Leading Hotels of the World.

It’s Gran Melia’s first carbon neutral property out of the 15 in its portfolio.

The hotel aims to achieve its carbon neutral status by incorporating facilities and technologies that will enable it to reduce its scope 1 and 2 emissions by 87 per cent. Carbon neutral status does not include the emissions from the building, renovating or construction of a building, known as embodied carbon.

The hotel will also look at alternatives to offset the remaining emissions ensuring when it is operating it keeps its carbon neutral status (net zero). The renovation included installing biomass boilers, photovoltaic solar panels and using geothermal energy for condensation. This is where engineered geothermal systems (EGS) can use the carbon dioxide from condensation as a heat extraction fluid instead of using water, making it much more environmentally friendly.

The building will feature a SATE External Thermal Insulation System, which is when buildings are thermally and acoustically insulated from the outside.

The building will also use a circular water system so that grey water and rain water can be re-purposed, reducing the amount of water being used.

The hotel was previously a Sol Beach House Hotel but has been renovated by architect Alvaro Sans to include 159 rooms including a Penthouse Suite, a Swim-Up Master Suite and a Presidential Suite. 

The island of Menorca was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1993.

Gabriel Escarrer, vice president and CEO of Meliá said: “Villa Le Blanc is a dream come true for our company. A project like this allows us to move forward towards hotel decarbonisation. It is also in such a special place as the Biosphere Reserve of Menorca, making it one of the most tangible results of our commitment to a hotel model based on excellence, responsibility and sustainability.”

The Villa Le Blanc Hotel is located on Santo Tomás Beach on the Migjorn coast, halfway between Mahón and Ciutadella. 

Image credit: Gran Melia