Emaar Hospitality Group and Rove Hotels have joined hands with Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) to secure the ‘Green Key’ certification for all its operational hotels and leisure assets in Dubai.
EmiratesGBC is the UAE’s national operator for the Green Key certification and the agreement was signed by Emaar Hospitality Group CEO Olivier Harnisch and Saeed Al Abbar, chairman of EmiratesGBC.
Initially, Emaar Hospitality Group and Rove Hotels aim to have 15 hospitality and leisure assets in Dubai Green Key-certified. These will include all operational hotels under the three lifestyle hotel brands under Emaar Hospitality Group, and Emaar Leisure Group assets such as Arabian Ranches Golf Club and Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club in addition to all Rove Hotels.
EmiratesGBC will work with each of the hotel properties and will conduct the first of the Green Key audits in early 2018 following submission of the full application forms from Emaar Hospitality Group and Rove Hotels.
Implementation of the Green Key criteria will be essential, and hotels will be audited the first two years and then every three years to ensure they operate to the standards set by Green Key and continually improve operations and environmental performance.
The properties under Address Hotels + Resorts that will strive for the Green Key certification are: Address Boulevard, Address Dubai Mall, Address Dubai Marina, Address Montgomerie, Palace Downtown and the upcoming Address Downtown.
Both hotels under Vida Hotels and Resorts – Vida Downtown and Manzil Downtown – as well as the four operational hotels – Rove Downtown, Rove City Centre, Rove Healthcare City and Rove Trade Centre - under Rove Hotels, will work towards the Green Key certification.
The certification will be provided after due diligence by EmiratesGBC, ensuring that all assets uphold the international criteria of Green Key covering areas such as environmental management, staff involvement, guest information, water usage, washing and cleaning, waste management, energy use efficiency, food & beverage handling, quality of indoor environment, green areas, and green activities as part of Emaar Hospitality Group’s corporate social responsibility.
Complementing the Green Key programme, EmiratesGBC also conducts the energy & water benchmarking for UAE hotels that documents energy and water consumption and outlines the potential for savings, contributing to reduced carbon footprint by UAE hotels. As part of the first benchmarking exercise, 46 hotels that volunteered for the programme were benchmarked. EmiratesGBC is now inviting hotels in the UAE to take part in the 2018 Building Efficiency Accelerator, another free-of-cost benchmarking programme.