UAE: Forthcoming EGBC guidelines for water and energy consumption in hospitality

Travellers are paying more attention to a hotel’s green credentials, pushing the industry to better control its energy consumption in the near future, according to speakers at the DTCM Green Tourism Award 2015.

“Research shows that the traveller of today is very conscientious in picking which hotel to stay in, making his choice based on the hotel’s efforts in regulating water and energy consumption,” said Saeed Al Abbar, Chairman of the Emirates Green Building Council (EGBC), during the ceremony at the World Trade Centre yesterday.

“Hotel visitors are demanding to know exactly what a hotel is doing to conserve water and energy,” he said. “This trend is especially true in South East Asia.”

“I remember in the early nineties when scientist began warning us about the catastrophic effects climate change would bring if CO2 levels in the atmosphere passed 400 parts per million,” he said. “Last year, we passed that mark.”

Al Abbar said these issues must be addressed quickly and aggressively, a fact especially true for the hospitality sector, as the energy consumption of a hotel is more than that of other buildings of similar size.

According to Al Abbar, the EGBC will be releasing guidelines next week, which delineate how hotels can regulate their water and energy consumption. “We work closely with a number of hotels in the country and train their staff on energy-conservation habits,” he said.

Source: Gulf News

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