Five star property The H Dubai Hotel is now a certified member of Green Globe after the property received its first Green Globe Certification after complying with a strict set of sustainability criteria.
The property won the certification after complying with measures that include 44 core criteria supported by over 380 compliance indicators, which are reviewed and updated twice per calendar year.
“Our commitment to the environment has always been at the forefront of our mission. We believe that sustainability is an integral part of our service, thus, tremendous efforts were invested to improve our economic, social and environmental sustainability policies. Our eco-project in the group is based on five interconnected pillars; Reduce, reuse and recycle, protect wildlife – flora and fauna, reduce water consumption, energy conservation and local care and fair trade. Earning this esteemed certification is a key milestone,” said Claudio Capaccioli, CEO, H Hospitality Collection.
The hotel has replaced 90% of its light bulbs into retrofit and hopes to implement a full switch this year. The sales team also offers guests a “green meeting” option that includes the use of recyclable notebooks, paperless meetings, no flip charts, absence of flower arrangements.
The F&B department has moved gradually towards reducing the use of plastic bottles and replacing it with glass water bottles. The hotel also communicates details of its energy, water and waste conservation efforts, through digital display screens at reception, as well as in the lobby. In addition, colour-coded recycling bins, in meeting rooms, banquet areas and other public areas, aim to encourage guests to segregate their litter.
To contribute positively to the community, the team volunteered to support the Al-Ihsan Charity Association last Ramadan by buying clothes for the less privileged children in the UAE.
The H Dubai is also the first five-star hotel to support Dubai Municipality’s Currency Charity Bank initiative, which collected all surplus international currencies and coins from members of the community and turned it into a fund used to support charitable projects around the world, in cooperation with the Emirates Airline Foundation. Additionally, the hotel team participates regularly in the annual Beat Diabetes Walk initiative to support awareness about diabetes and also encourages the team to make healthy life choices.
“Having earned our first Green Globe certification is a major achievement and I am proud of the team for this recognition. Our work is far from over. Our sustainability efforts in terms of energy and water savings, waste management as well as efforts to nurture environmental and cultural elements in the property will continue. We will strive to improve our performance, identify specific areas of focus and explore additional social responsibility opportunities. We will also continue involving our guests, colleagues, team, owners and business partners in our efforts to protect the environment,” adds Gonzalo Rodriguez, The H Dubai General Manager.