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11th UNWTO/PATA Forum on Tourism Trends and Outlook Panel Two: Sustainable Tourism for Development Best Industry Practice Guilin, China - October 2017 Sustainability in Hospitality - Case of Jetwing Hotels
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11th UNWTO/PATA Forum on Tourism Trends and Outlook Panel Two: Sustainable Tourism for Development Best Industry Practice Guilin, China - October 2017 Sustainability in Hospitality - Case of Jetwing Hotels by Jude Kasturi Arachchi Infinite Growth Economy in a Finite Planet Today humanity uses the equivalent of 1.6 planets to provide the resources we use and absorb our waste. Moderate scenarios suggest that if current population and consumption trends continue, by the 2030s, we will need the equivalent of two Earths to support us. Turning resources into waste faster than waste can be turned back into resources puts us in global ecological overshoot, depleting the very resources on which human life and biodiversity depend. Jetwing Hotels Sustainability Strategy Key Focus Areas Energy and Carbon Water and Waste Biodiversity Community and Culture Family Sourcing and Production Renewable Energy - Biomass ENERGY AND CARBON Biomass Boiler - Steam - for hot water generation - as heat source for Vapour Absorption Chiller Fuel wood: Cinnamon wood Short cropping cycle - sustainable fuel wood By product from Cinnamon spice production - provides additional income to the local supply chain Renewable Energy driven Air Conditioning Vapour Absorption Chiller (VAC) - run sustainably via steam generated from the biomass boiler VAC machine produces chilled water using a heat source rather than electrical input, as in the more familiar vapor compression cycle. Electricity saving compared to conventional chiller: 90% Renewable Energy Solar Thermal Centralized hot water systems, with total hot water requirement generated through 100% renewable energy. Night time Biomass Boiler Day time Solar Energy Renewable Energy Solar PV Key solar PV installations: Jetwing Yala (2014) kw p Grid tied system - 35% of total electricity requirement Jetwing Lake (2017) kw p Grid tied system - Est. 40% of total electricity requirement Jetwing Hotels Carbon Footprint CO 2 MT / year JW Ayurveda Pavilions JW Beach JW Blue JW Colombo Seven JW Jaffna JW Kaduruket ha JW Lagoon JW Lake JW Lighthous e JW Sea JW St. Andrew's JW Vil Uyana CF* 150,46 765, , ,93 487,05 129,13 469,86 588, ,97 632,83 332,85 628,93 742,49 * Scope 1 and 2 only JW Yala Jetwing Hotels Energy Sources 2% 0% Grid Electricity 28% Solar Electricity LPG Diesel Transport Fuel 54% 4% 7% 3% Other ( 1%) Biomass Solar Thermal Biogas 0% 2% Water Uses Guest Rooms 19% 13% Main Building / Kitchen Cisterns WATER AND WASTE 2% 3% 9% 8% 8% 4% 7% 11% 16% Pool Villas Laundry Hot Water Staff Kitchen Boiler Snr. Executive Quarters Staff Quarters Wastewater Management 100% wastewater generated in the hotel is treated and reused All based on biological treatments - No chemicals Treated water reused for: Garden watering Cooling tower Flushing water for cisterns Solid Waste Management Waste Reduction: - Re-usable alternatives for single-use plastics - Minimizing plastic waste during purchase All dry waste collected are source segregated Inventoried and sold for recycling Zero Waste to Landfill Dry waste segregated at source and sent out for recycling. Organic waste (food and garden waste) treated onsite. Zero waste sent out of the property to be disposed at landfill sites. Currently practiced at Jetwing Yala, Jetwing Kaduruketha and Jetwing Lake. Wet Waste Management Composting Methods used: Traditional above ground compost piles Modified windrow batch type method Process - enhanced composting machine The compost produced is used as a fertilizer in the hotel gardens. Wet Waste Management Biogas Onsite biogas digesters: Organic waste feed kg per day Sludge feed (from wastewater treatment plant) l per day Biogas production ~ 33 m 3 (composition - 65% CH 4 and 35% CO 2 ) The gas generated: - As a supplementary energy source for the biomass boiler - For burners in the staff cafeteria BIODIVERSITY Creation of a Man-made Nature Reserve Jetwing Vil Uyana Wetland nature reserve created on an abandoned agricultural land. The land area is dominated wetland habitats and their associate flora; is used to grow paddy and was reforested using species native to the dry zone. Species diversity: 2005 No. of Species Mammals Birds Butterflies 36 Biodiversity Education and Awareness Loris Conservation Site and Information Centre at Jetwing Vil Uyana Whale and Dolphin Center at Jetwing Lighthouse to create awareness about Sri Lanka s marine mammals and their conservation. Model Wetland at Jetwing St. Andrew s to demonstrate that even small sites, if managed correctly, can serve as important biodiversity sanctuaries. Jetwing Youth Development Project COMMUNITY AND CULTURE Initiated with the aim of bridging the gap between the unskilled and skilled and equipping youth from rural areas for employment in the hospitality industry. To involve local communities in Tourism by passing some of its benefits to them. Six month training programme, offered free; provides training on technical inputs of the core hotel operational areas, along with English language and personal and professional development skills. Community Outreach Programmes Tuk Tuk Project Introduced at Jetwing Lighthouse, to foster mutually beneficial relationships with trishaw drivers in the area. Community Pool Maintained by Jetwing Lighthouse, the pool is open exclusively for the use of school children in the daytime hours - facility is provided free of charge to them All hotels maintains strong links with schools, religious places of worship and community organizations at locals of the properties. Local Sourcing SOURCING AND PRODUCTION Involving local communities has been a policy that is strictly adhered to. Whenever possible products and services are purchased or procured from in and around the hotel s locality. Striving hard to maximize local economic benefits by increasing links, ensuring that communities are involved in and gain benefit from tourism. The purchase of local produce not only benefits the local communities who produce them, but also reduces the carbon footprint from their transportation. Potable Water Bottling Plant Using the main water supply, the plants purify and refill (recyclable) glass bottles minimizing the need of plastic water bottles. Bottling in operation at: - Jetwing Blue (for all Jetwing properties in Negombo) - Jetwing Lighthouse - Jetwing Yala The Olive Tree - How travel and tourism can contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals 11th UNWTO/PATA Forum on Tourism Trends and Outlook Panel Two: Sustainable Tourism for Development Best Industry Practice Guilin, China - October 2017 Thank you!
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