Dubai's five-star hotels wasting $27m a year

Survey by Farnek Avireal says hotels can cut utility costs by 20%

Frederique Maurell, exhibition director, The Hotel Show.
Frederique Maurell, exhibition director, The Hotel Show.

Five-star hotels in Dubai are wasting around $27million in utility bills by ignoring carbon management initiatives and examining ways to reduce their electricity and water bills, a figure set to rise with increased DEWA tariffs for 2011.

By complying with initiatives such as the Green Globe Certification, hotels not only reduce their carbon emissions and save water, according to a survey by UAE-based consultant, Farnek Avireal, they can also cut their utility costs by around 20%.

“The research has indicated that the annual utility costs for the 67 five-star hotels in Dubai are around $134 million. If each hotel averaged 200 rooms, reduced energy consumption could save around $5.50 per room-night, per hotel, or $27 million collectively, not to mention 400,000 tonnes of carbon emissions that would be saved,” said Frederique Maurell, exhibition director, The Hotel Show.

“In total there are approximately 67,369 hotel rooms and hotel apartments in Dubai, imagine the dramatic effect if all of Dubai’s hotels signed-up to reduce their carbon emissions.

“The environmental dimension is part of the strategic vision of the best run organisations, and the hotel sector is no different. The environment is now a business issue and because of increasingly demand, sustainable hotels need to differentiate themselves from the ‘unenlightened’.”

To highlight a commitment to sustainability, The Hotel Show 2011 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, May 17-19, will have a ‘Green Track’ which maps out exhibiting companies presenting environmentally friendly solutions or products.

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