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Steigenberger Hotel Dubai recognised for excellence in the field of environmental responsibility
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Steigenberger Hotel Dubai recognised for excellence in the field of environmental responsibility

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Steigenberger Hotel, Business Bay is proud to re-affirm their on-going commitment to support the nations call for sustainability. The United Nations declared 2017 The International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, and the hotel is proud to answer that call and continue to grow its approach and commitment to sustainable tourism.

With concern growing about the rapid decay of our environment today than ever before, Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay is proud to operate as a sustainable hotel, having received the Green Key 2018 Certification, the leading standard for excellence in the field of environmental responsibility, a prestigious citation that underscores the hotel’s commitment to managing its energy, water and waste management systems.

The hotel has also put in place multiple green initiatives such as transforming a previously unused rooftop area of 72 sqm into an organic garden producing herbs and vegetables for use in the kitchen and bars. The stand-out feature of this project is that the water used to irrigate the crops comes solely from the air-conditioning condensate, thereby saving the hotel gallons of water.

Sustainability plays an important role for Deutsche Hospitality, the umbrella brand of Steigenberger Hotels and Resorts. The ‘Green Meeting concept is the hotel group’s approach to providing meetings that reduce the impact on the environment, and is set to launch officially at the hotel in April 2018. The aim is not only to decrease meeting costs, and pass that value on to the consumer, but to encourage delegates to learn how their interaction with the hotel impacts on the environment, and their own health.

The Green Meeting concept incorporates environmental considerations throughout all stages of the meeting in order to minimize negative impacts on the environment. This includes such things as using energy-saving signage, recycled conference note pads, flip charts and stationery. Waste disposal from the meeting room follows a certified recycling / separation practice. Branded and sealed plastic water bottles are no longer used and have been replaced with a water filter and glass bottles along with a unique healing crystal water bar. A carefully curated healthy coffee break menu features Eco Terra snacks, and a selection of healthy snacking options.

The hotel leadership team shares responsibility with each individual employee to act sustainably. In doing so, they work with specific directives, and clear modes of operating. The team has been successful in devising inventive strategies to minimize environmental impact, and improve process efficiency. All efforts are taken to source local food products materials with minimal packaging, and technology with low power consumption is employed all through the hotel. A total of 6,000+ halogen and incandescent lights have been replaced by LED lights which make the hotel 99% LED lit.

The use of water aerators on all guest room taps, and the use of biodegradable laundry detergents along with low temperature washing of the hotels linen, has resulted in a significant drop in electricity and water consumption both on property and at the off-site laundry.

Swimming pools are consummate consumers of energy, water and chemicals, easily increasing the fresh water consumption by up to 10% in a hotel. By installing a ‘backwash system’ the hotel is able to capture approximately 400 gallons of ‘grey water’ for use in toilet flush systems and the surrounding garden areas per day. 

Steigenberger Hotel has recently been part of the Sustainability Champion Award, which acknowledges initiative and leadership skills in employees, thereby inspiring others to make positive changes in that work space. The hotel has also initiated a number of strategic collaborations with brands that match the hotel’s vision of eco-sustainability. This includes a partnership with 'Clean Swift Laundry and Textile Services' that promotes environmental friendliness. Steigenberger Hotel also seeks the help and co-operation of its guests, encouraging them to echo the same sentiment towards the overall benefit of the global environment. Small gestures such as reducing linen washing, and water consumption go a long way in creating a future worth living.

“Our commitment towards a sustainability strategy reaches beyond the doors of our hotels to preserve and protect our planet’s natural resources. We are extremely proud of our team's consolidated efforts and achievements so far, and aim to continue working on this promise,” says Stephen Meredith, General Manager.











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