Alila Villas Uluwatu Strikes Earthcheck Gold
29 July 2014
Alila Villas Uluwatu has achieved the prestigious Gold Certification from EarthCheck, widely regarded as the world’s most scientifically rigorous environmental management programme designed specifically for the travel and tourism industry.
Furthermore, Alila Villas Uluwatu “is the first property in the world to move from EarthCheck Design through to EarthCheck Operation and achieve Gold Certification,” elaborates André Russ, EarthCheck’s Vice President of Sales.
The Gold level of certification is reserved for organisations that have consistently demonstrated over a period of five years or more their commitment to their host communities and high standards of environmental management. To gain Gold Certification, the resort was required to submit a year’s worth of operational data to EarthCheck for benchmarking against internationally recognised standards of best practice.
“Achieving EarthCheck Gold Certification is not an easy task to achieve,” explains EarthCheck CEO Stewart Moore. “There are no short cuts, no ways to buy your way in; it’s a matter of being able to prove the integrity of an organisation’s operational practices year-in and year-out, and then be willing to have everything verified by an independent, third party auditor. This requires a commitment across all levels of an organisation, from the very top, all the way through to part-time staff and even volunteers.”
A number of key environmental indicators were measured including energy and water consumption, total waste production and community commitment. The resort’s environmental policies include the use of energy-efficient lighting, the minimisation of water consumption, recycling of solid waste products, and the use of recycled products whenever possible, all of which have contributed to a decrease in Greenhouse Gas emissions for its operations.
To increase the standard of living for host communities, Alila Villas Uluwatu sources produce and supplies locally wherever possible, gives preference to hiring staff from the local community, and fosters eco-cultural understanding and sustainable development through the environmental education of staff, guests and suppliers.
With this latest achievement, Alila Villas Uluwatu reaffirms its commitment to sustainable tourism practices that aim to restore and conserve the surrounding environment, care for local communities and drive economic health through intellectual eco-tourism.