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Dubai hotel saves energy with LED lighting

The Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate in Dubai aims to reduce water and energy consumption by up to 8% per year

LED lighting has helped the Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate in Dubai to Green Globe recertification for the fourth year, with a compliance score of 80% against accredited criteria.

The 14th century travels of the Arab explorer Ibn Battuta have inspired the intricate décor and design details of the 5-star hotel. Arabian architectural features are prominent in the structure of the hotel and Moroccan influences are reflected in luxurious room styling.

Robert Barker, general manager at Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate said: “We believe that reducing the property’s carbon footprint is considered as an incumbent priority and is at the forefront of our core values and beliefs. Through the adaption of ecological practices, including the conservation of water and energy resources and the utilisation of new technology powered by renewable energy sources, we have committed ourselves to being a sustainable and socially responsible property.”

The hotel 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. The hotel is striving to implement energy- and water-saving measures in all relevant areas and aims to reduce water and energy consumption by up to 8% per year.

Energy-saving strategies include the use of a centralised Room Management System (RMS) that controls air conditioning and lighting in guest rooms with adjustments made during periods of occupancy. In addition, there has been an increased usage of LED lighting and motion sensors throughout the property. To reduce the property’s impact on the environment further, all guest rooms, meeting rooms and restaurants are fitted with windows to take advantage of the availability of natural light.

As part of its environmental responsibilities, the hotel also supports a local group, the Emirates Environmental Group (EEG). As an EEG member, the hotel implemented a fundraising campaign for planting Gaff trees. Gaff trees are the national tree of the UAE, native to the region and prove to be very effective in retaining dune structure and stabilising sandy soil.