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Hotel’s energy-saving lighting reaps rewards

LED lamps and motion sensor control play a key role at the Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba

A Mövenpick resort in Jordan has been certified for its dedication to sustainable practices, with energy-saving lighting at the heart of green initiatives.  

The Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba is a 5-star contemporary resort located on the shores of the southern Red Sea in Jordan. Green Globe has recertified the resort for the fourth year running in acknowledgement of its sustainable projects.

Beat Peter, general manager at Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba said: “Our successful re-certification by Green Globe is an honour that underlines our full commitment to sustainability. We have consistently aimed to improve our operations over the years. This year’s projects, for instance, included the installation of an additional 150 solar panels to increase our capacity in heating water through using natural energy, setting-up additional softener tanks to ensure durability of our equipment, completion of Phases 3 and 4 of the LED Light Project, where ordinary light bulbs were replaced with LED lights, and the Pool Maintenance Programme where water leaks were repaired thereby reducing water wastage.”

The property uses the Hotel Optimizer management system designed by Green Globe’s preferred Middle East Partner Farnek to record and monitor all energy and water consumption. In total there are now 400 solar panels installed that are used to partially heat water in the pools and spa. In addition, other energy saving initiatives, include motion sensors which are utilised for outdoor lighting and at parking lots. Also, air conditioning units in guest rooms automatically switch off when balcony doors are open.

A company-wide commitment to adopting environmentally-friendly practices saw Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts cut energy and water consumption by record levels across its Middle East portfolio in 2014. A range of innovative hotel-led initiatives led to energy and water reductions of 7.8% and 6.3% respectively in 2014, compared to 2013.

The group’s Middle East hotels have introduced a range of environmentally-friendly practices, from  green meetings packages with naturally-lit rooms, paperless solutions and sustainable food choices at Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers in Dubai, to energy- and water-saving strategies such as the use of LED lamps, motion-sensor light timers and special water faucets at Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Al Bida’a Kuwait.