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GREENING SRI LANKA HOTELS

PROJECT BACKGROUND
In Sri Lanka the hospitality sector ranks as one of the most energy intensive (accounts for 4-5% of the national electricity demand) and has a high-energy cost. Similarly, the use of water and other natural resources, and the generation of waste, are all high. Becoming resource-efficient, while meeting the diverse requirements of customers, is a challenging task. Through an increasing awareness about the global environmental crisis, it has become essential for the Sri Lankan hotel sector to implement appropriate energy, water and waste management systems, and to adopt environmental best practices.


PROJECT OBJECTIVES
The objectives of the project were to:

1. To assist three hundred and fifty (350) Sri Lankan hotels enhance their environmental performance through;
• Reduction in energy consumption
• Reduction in water consumption
• Reduction in waste generation
2. Increase awareness of the main suppliers to the hotel industry on Sustainable Consumption Practices (SCP) and on reducing adverse impacts on the environment due to their operations through adoption of SCP practices.
3. Assist Sri Lankan hotels improve their consumer acceptance through boosting their image as ‘green hotels’


PROJECT ACTIVITIES

  • Promotion of the project among target groups, stakeholders and selected SMEs;
  • Baseline surveys and baseline setting;
  • Advisory services, support and training for hotels in natural resource management and implementation of resource efficiency measures;
  • Set up of Resource Management Circles, monitoring the progress and dissemination of success stories;
  • Engaging with suppliers of hotels, as well as customers to improve the enabling environment;
  • Organising recognition awards, a local sustainable tourism forum and participation in international sustainable tourism forums;
  • Promotion of the greening of Sri Lanka hotels in international markets. 
The main beneficiaries of the Project were 350 participating small and medium scale hotels. Around 200 main suppliers to hotels were benefited by the increased competitiveness and profitability as well as market stability and prices for their products.
 
Project Period:  2009 - 2013
Funded by
- 80% by The European Union Switch Asia Programme 
- 20% by Project Partners
Lead Partner:
  • Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC), Sri Lanka
Partners:
  • Travel Foundation, United Kingdom
  • Responsible Tourism Partnership, Sri Lanka
  • Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority (SLSEA), Sri Lanka
  • Institute of Environmental Professionals of Sri Lanka (IEPSL), Sri Lanka 

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