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COVER STORY - SUSTAINABLE BUILDING

For many, the image of a luxury four or five-star rated hotel still seems to conflict with the concept of sustainable operations or resource conservation measures, in an area of the world where the environment is fragile and resources strained.

the hospitality sector, and are working on developing training modules tailored to hotels, among other activities. They are also developing a benchmarking platform for energy and water for hotels. “Additionally, EmiratesGBC serves as the Green Key National Operator in the UAE. Recognised by the World Tourism Organisation and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the non-profit and independent programme is the largest global eco-label relating to accommodation. It offers clear guidelines to hotels for ensuring that a certain level of sustainability is being met, and provides guests with the assurance that they are choosing an accommodation/venue that has a commitment to green practices,” assures Campsey. As the official operator, EmiratesGBC organises the current certifications and memberships, including the management of applications, renewals, review of documentation, audits, and communications.“As part of our commitment to ‘greening’ the hospitality industry, we have also included a subcategory within the EmiratesGBC Annual Awards’‘Green Building of the Year’ category to recognise the ‘Green Hotel’ of the Year,” she concludes.

A little about Amelie – A Luxury Collection Desert Resort and Spa, or Banyan Tree Al Wadi, for example, combine luxury with water and energy savings measures and protection of biodiversity; and are using these as their selling point,” explains Campsey. Between the hotel owner and operator, the requirements are generally two fold.“There are corporate, or global targets, which the hotel needs to comply with in terms of energy and water consumption, waste management and usual business KPIs. However, owners are also required to ensure that the property runs profitably in the long term, which might conflict with the above points, as owners are

often not inclined to invest in major retrofit projects, even though they can lead to long-term savings,”she states. For both roles, emphasis needs to be placed on education and awareness of the short and long-term benefits of building and operating green, both on the property’s economic performance, as it provides reduced utility and maintenance costs, and on its carbon footprint. EmiratesGBC has developed a hospitality programme in 2013, with the objective of engaging its members and the hospitality industry to share knowledge within the sector. Within this programme, they host regular seminars and workshops dedicated to

Amelie Zegmout Campsey joined the Legrand organisation in 2002. Currently, she has been appointed by Legrand Group as the General Manager for the Gulf Region, in which she enjoys a wide business network and thorough knowledge of the regional construction industry. Campsey has a true passion for developing and promoting sustainable practices, where she is a board member of the Emirates Green Building Council, in charge of developing the hospitality programme. She is also a board member of the nonfor-profit organisations, Insaan Group, and Senses Residential and Day Care Center for Special Needs. She was the former President of Rotary Club of Jumeirah, and has been awarded by the committee for her outstanding contributions and efforts in community and international works. Campsey holds a Bachelor’s degree and MBA from the American University of Sharjah, and is currently enrolled in the Executive MBA programme of London Business School. She also completed a module in Sustainable Development at the Harvard Extension School. You can reach her at amelie. zegmout@legrand.ae NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2015 29

Top Hotel November December 2015 Issue  

Top Hotel Middle East is a bi-monthly business journal for senior level hoteliers, hotel owners, hotel investors and investment companies, a...

Top Hotel November December 2015 Issue  

Top Hotel Middle East is a bi-monthly business journal for senior level hoteliers, hotel owners, hotel investors and investment companies, a...

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