Ah Dubai, it seems every time we hear news about the fine city, it’s always some over-the-top project that aims to surpass some other over-the-top project announced last month. So I was glad to hear news that the latest idea to surface is a sustainable tourism initiative – the industry is taking steps to protect their environment, reduce CO2 emissions, and lower utility costs. Travel Mole reports:
A detailed roadmap, with clear phases, timelines, target dates, and benchmarks aimed at progressing the initiative for sustainable tourism, will be communicated to all of Dubai’s hotels and hotel-apartments shortly.
Some of the hotels which have signed-up so far include, Emirates Towers, Madinat Jumeirah, Movenpick Hotel and The One & Only Royal Mirage.
Dubai hotels generally still lag behind their counterparts in Europe, where the average hotel produces 3,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per annum. In Dubai that figure is 6,500 tonnes and the size of the carbon footprint produced by all hotels in Dubai, is well over 500 million kilos a year.
It’s an important step, and we’re excited to see them adopting smart principles.
Photo: The “fronds” of the $14-billion Palm Jumeirah in Dubai by Alexander Heilner via National Geographic Magazine’s Visions of Earth
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