Switch Asia support hotels, enhances energy efficiency
Around 220 Sri Lankan hotels have registered with the Switch Asia
Greening Hotel initiative and have shown a marked improvement in energy
management said EU- Switch Asia Greening Sri Lanka Hotels Project
Director, Srilal Miththapala.
He said that over 50 hotels have implemented sustainability
guidelines and have enhanced energy efficiency. The number of hotels
that are keen to come on board and enhance sustainable consumption and
production, has increased.
"Promoting sustainable consumption and production will help position
Sri Lanka tourism well in the global arena and woo more visitors to the
country", Miththapala said.
"Greening Sri Lankan Hotels is a European Commission funded project
under the Switch-Asia program targeted at enhancing environmental
performance of Sri Lankan hotels through improvement of energy, water
and waste management systems and reduce cost of operations and increase
market acceptance of Sri Lankan hotels "Miththapala said. "Many hotels
have reduced energy costs by adopting good practices such as switching
on to solar energy, rain water harvesting and the use of biogas.
Goldi Sands Hotel Negombo, Windsor Hotel Nuwara Eliya and Thambapanni
Hotel Unawatuna are some of the hotels that have achieved remarkable
growth in sustainable practices", he said.
Miththapala said that similar to the garment industry, tour operators
were keen to know how hotels are run, what mechanisms are used to manage
waste and whether they were using renewable energy sources to reduce
"The time will soon come when hoteliers will not be able to market
their properties due to high energy consumption and unsustainable
practices. Tourists will refuse to stay in hotels which are not
environment friendly", he said.
Around 22 percent of tour operators in the world want to stay in
hotels which are green and have low energy consumption, according to
Kuoni, a leading global tour operator. Miththapala said that the primary
objective objective of the project is to enhance the environmental
performance of Sri
Lankan Hotels through the improvement of energy, water and waste
A large number of hotels are keen to switch on to good practices and
reduce cost. Switch Asia will support hotels by sharing its expertise to
enhance energy efficiency and adopt productive waste management such as
use of bio-gas and rain water harvesting. Miththapala said that awards
will be presented for the first time to hotels which adopt sustainable
Switch Asia will conduct a seminar on 'Why Sustainability is
Important for Tourism'on July 4 at the Cinnamon Lakeside from 8.30 a.m.
to 1.00 p.m. World renowned tourism industry experts and
environmentalists will speak on the occasion.