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Abu Dhabi to pilot green hotel guidelines

by Elizabeth Broomhall on Oct 3, 2010

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The authority has set green design standards and will also provide industry training and support to meet the targets.
The authority has set green design standards and will also provide industry training and support to meet the targets.

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The emirate of Abu Dhabi has begun piloting its new ‘green hotel’ guidelines across four properties which are currently in their early design stage.

The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), which manages the emirate’s tourism industry, has said that the once complete and successful, the trial will lead to the green hotel standards being incorporated into its hotel classification system.

According to the authority, the pilot scheme, based on the Estidama rating system, will be complete by the middle of next year.

Speaking at the Great GM debate hosted by Hotelier Middle East, ADTA tourism standards director Nasser Al Reyami said: “This is the first government green hotel design guidelines for new hotels and is based on Abu Dhabi’s Estidama Pearl Rating Scheme, which is a green building rating system for all new buildings in the emirate.

“By the middle of 2011, Abu Dhabi’s hotels and hotel apartments will have a green rating included in their star rating.”

In its infancy, the scheme will be piloted across two, four-star hotels and two, five-star hotels, so as to reach of mixture of resorts and urban properties

Once incorporated into the hotel rating system, the Green Hotels Programme will contribute towards achieving Abu Dhabi's 2030 economic vision by helping transform the region into a sustainable tourism destination.

Al Reyami added: “Hotels use more energy and water and produce more waste than all other buildings. So, if we want to help reduce the impact of buildings on our environment, then it is a good idea to start by focusing on hotels.”

“We developed this system in conjunction with our hotel stakeholders. The system sets 10% energy, 20% water and 20% waste reduction targets and requires all hotels and hotel apartments to develop their own entity EHSMS.

“By the end of this month, all our five and four-star hotels and deluxe hotel apartments will have their own entity EHSMS and their own programmes to meet our targets. By the end of December, all hotels and hotel apartments in Abu Dhabi – and that’s more than 120 – will have their own entity EHSMS – probably the highest number of hotels in any city with a compliant EHSMS.”

In order to measure of the performance of the new guidelines, the ADTA will be comparing results with baseline data on energy use, water use and waste production in its hotels and hotel apartments collected for 2008 and 2009.

To ensure the guidelines are implemented effectively, the authority has set green design standards and will also provide industry training and support to meet the targets.


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