Eco hotel in Slovenia paving the way for green stays

SLOVENIA: Bohinj ECO Hotel, in Triglav National Park, was the first hotel in the country to be awarded the Green Globe certification.

SLOVENIA: Bohinj ECO Hotel, in Triglav National Park, was the first hotel in the country to be awarded the Green Globe certification.

The central European country’s tourist board has a dedicated section of the website for its Green Scheme encouraging visitors to choose sustainable accommodation when they visit and it is aiming to advance all 17 of the UN’s SDGs each year.

Bohinj ECO Hotel was the first Green Globe certified hotel in Slovenia and is located in the country’s only national park, Triglav National Park.

The hotel features 102 luxury rooms and suites and received the highest scores in the Green Globe audit. 

As part of is sustainable initiatives the hotel uses an energy well, 430m deep, which is for the heat pump to provide warm sanitary water and heating for the building. The warm sanitary water from showers and washbowls is collected in special containers, where heat pumps utilise the warmth before it is sent over the heat exchangers and back into the system. The well is also used for cool water in the summer. The water is sent to the cooling grids, which then cool rooms and other areas in the hotel. 

The hotel uses power LED lighting to reduce electricity consumption. These bulbs use 40 times less energy than regular or halogen light bulbs and last 1000 times longer. 

The air conditioning system has sensors to automatically turn off when not in use and the hotel is well insulated – the roof was the first of its kind in Slovenia, with wood and other natural materials sandwiched between plates to keep the heat in.

Bohinj ECO Hotel is in the Slovenian Alps, close to hiking trails, lakes, mountains and other outdoor activities. It is a 45 minute drive to Ljubljana Airpoirt.

Eight easyHotels gain Green Globe certification

BENELUX: All eight easyHotels across the Netherlands and Belgium have been awarded the internationally recognised Green Globe accreditation.

BENELUX: All eight easyHotels across the Netherlands and Belgium have been awarded the internationally recognised Green Globe accreditation.

Green Globe has been around for 29 years and is an internationally recognised standard for sustainable tourism, based on 44 globally accepted sustainability criteria across all departments and activities.

Green Globe cites itself as the original standard that all tourism eco-labels are based on. Once a hotel has become a member they can access a dedicated portal, Green Globe Solutions, which offers sustainability management solutions as an ongoing plan.

Lucas Drewes, managing director easyHotels said: “We are very proud to have received Green Globe certification for all our eight easyHotels in The Netherlands and Belgium. This fits perfectly with our vision of being the sustainable leader in the affordable budget hotel segment and shows that super sustainability and super prices can go hand in hand. It’s super easy!”

As part of its Green Globe certification easyHotel Benelux has committed to the international standard for sustainable tourism and regular independent verification inspections. Sustainability management practices include monthly measurement of water usage for awareness of consumption per property; communicating sustainability to guests, suppliers and staff regarding saving water and energy, as well as waste separation; and providing guests with recommendations for vegetarian/ vegan restaurants, local sightseeing and natural attractions.

EasyHotel properties are based on low carbon construction and operation, and are in central locations which the group says increases the options for taking public transport and walking. 

The hotel franchise also offsets emissions with the Trees For All program, which plants trees in the Netherlands and abroad. 

Paul Kreuzkamp, hotel manager easyHotel Maastricht City Centre said: “By showing our guests that sustainability measures do not take away from their guest travel experience and comfort, we believe that our guests are better aware of how they can minimise their footprint while exploring the world!” 

Each easyHotel team also engages in volunteer social work, such as volunteering at food banks, walking with elderly people, and removing rubbish from parks.

Image: easyHotel Amsterdam City Centre