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.

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Trip.com announces green goals and sustainable operations

WORLDWIDE: Trip.com Group, a leading global travel service provider, has announced its long-term goal to build green tourism.

WORLDWIDE: Trip.com Group, a leading global travel service provider, has announced its long-term goal to build green tourism.

The company is working with travel partners to cover key areas across 10,000 products in the travel sector. 

This includes offsetting flights, zero waste camping, eco hiking and green hotels.

As part of the push for sustainable accommodation and travel, the corporate travel brand of the group, Trip.Biz, recently campaigned for “Green Hotels” and “Green Flights” in mainland China. 

Trip.Biz was awarded a Silver rating by EcoVadis, an internationally recognised corporate social responsibility (CSR) rating platform in 2022. 

Jane Sun, Trip.com Group CEO said: “We have always adhered to the vision of ‘pursuing the perfect trip for a better world’ and will work with our users and partners to further reduce carbon emissions in a more holistic and systematic manner. We still have a long way to go and much more to do.”

As part of the Group’s long-term commitment to improving sustainability awareness, Trip.com sent out a survey to its customers and asked them their thoughts on sustainable travel.

The 2022 Sustainable Travel Survey revealed that travelling sustainably is essential to most respondents. Barriers to sustainable travel were discussed, with respondents highlighting that the accessibility of sustainable travel products appears to be the biggest issue. Most respondents said that sustainable travel options aren’t clearly labelled, so they aren’t easily able to locate these options when choosing a travel product; and that sustainable travel options are lacking in general.

To keep up with its sustainability goals the Trip.com Group has adopted environmental initiatives, including building intelligent energy management systems, solar hot water systems, and renewable heating systems to reduce energy consumption. 

Its headquarters in Shanghai has been awarded LEED Gold certification. 

In 2021, Trip.com Group announced its ESG Committee and joined the UN Global Compact, committing to create a more sustainable future for tourism and society.

Booking.com also recently released findings from its Sustainability Report, which indicated the importance of staying sustainably for UK travellers.

Sharm El-Sheikh hotels aim for Green Star Hotel certificate ahead of COP27

EGYPT: Sharm El-Sheikh hotels are striving to be awarded Egypt’s Green Star Hotel certificate ahead of the country hosting COP27.

EGYPT: Sharm El-Sheikh hotels are striving to be awarded Egypt’s Green Star Hotel certificate ahead of the country hosting COP27.

The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities said 22 properties have already got the sustainable hotel certificate and 48 have applied.

Sixteen more hotels are in the process of completing the steps needed before they can apply.

The Green Star Certificate is a national green certification and capacity-building program managed by the Egyptian Hotel Association (EHA) under the patronage of the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism. 

The GSH program offers an opportunity for hotels operating in Egypt to be internationally recognised for raising their environmental performance and social standards while reducing their operational costs. 

A team of certified local and international experts guide interested hotels through a sequence of training and information support sessions leading to field audits to ensure compliance with the program standards prior to granting the GSH certification.

The 27th Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change (COP27) will take place in November this year.

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Travelodge launches ‘inclusive, caring and conscious’ sustainability strategy

EUROPE: Travelodge is aiming to become a net-zero hotel operator as it launches its new sustainability strategy.

EUROPE: Travelodge is aiming to become a net-zero hotel operator as it launches its new sustainability strategy.

The hotel company, which operates nearly 600 hotels in the UK, Ireland and Spain, has launched its Better Future plan, which will be based around three pillars of being inclusive, caring and conscious.

Travelodge’s strategy is to become a “sustainable business with long term profitable growth,” using science-based targets and KPIs to reach its net-zero goal.

Jo Boydell, Travelodge’s chief executive said: “As one of the UK’s largest hotel brands, we have always been committed to doing business responsibly. However, we know that there is more we need to do and we believe that sustainability has a critically important role to play in shaping the future of Travelodge. The plan has been designed to mark a step-change in our sustainability agenda and is fully integrated with our wider business strategy and our purpose to provide affordable travel for everyone.” 

To help create its Better Future plan, Travelodge appointed Simply Sustainable, an award-winning global management consulting specialist in ESG and sustainable business.

During the last 12 months, the group consulted a wide range of stakeholders, which included landlords, investors, local authorities, developers, key suppliers and charity partners. Travelodge surveyed more than 40,000 of its business and leisure customers and their team of over 10,000 colleagues. It was this feedback that helped the group develop a plan.  

To enable the implementation of Better Future, Travelodge has created a new ESG model and steering committee. The group will also provide an annual sustainability report to see how close it is to achieving its targets.

As well as aiming to provide an accessible, inclusive and affordable place for both guests and staff, the company wants to tackle reducing energy through energy efficiency projects. It also said it would have sustainability as a key consideration when building new hotels.

Boydell added: “We have a long road ahead of us to complete our route to becoming a net-zero hotel operator and continue our journey to make sustainable, affordable travel for everyone a reality.” 

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

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