Sustainability Stories #16
The energy crisis is a global event that all countries around the globe are experiencing, with rising demands for energy. However, associated with high levels of energy consumption, are climate change and increasing greenhouse gas emissions. It is now of paramount importance to fight against climate change and develop mitigative measures at all levels. At Rogers Hospitality, we are fully aware of the implications of climate change on our island, and we are trying our level best to adapt to these climatic changes through responsible energy consumption and optimization.
The energy reduction mechanism is part of our sustainability strategy. This has translated into concrete actions at a business level. From the replacement of incandescent lamps to LED lighting systems, we are adopting efficient energy consumption patterns. More than 95% of lighting systems in all our resorts operate on LED lamps, which are six to seven times more efficient than traditional conventional lamps.
The air conditioning system is another energy-intensive equipment in hotels and resorts. At Heritage Resorts and Veranda Resorts, all air conditioners run on low energy capacity whereby the temperature is controlled and monitored by the maintenance personnel. Moreover, air conditioners are equipped with presence detectors, door sensors and allow for fresh air intake, in such a way that the cooling efficiency is higher and at the comfort of guests.
In addition to operational monitoring, a management follow-up ensures that the energy consumption is well on target for electricity, gas, and diesel. Pascal Theodore, Maintenance Manager of Veranda Resorts, also makes mention of a dashboard intended for the follow-up and analysis of energy consumption parameters. Furthermore, the maintenance team seeks to find adapted measuring tools such as smart metering systems that will help them to understand the energy requirements of each department or section and hence devise energy optimization action plans.
In the fight against climate change, the solution lies not only in optimum use of energy but also in adopting clean energy mechanisms. One of the actions initiated by Rogers Hospitality was the installation of solar water heaters on hotel rooftops of 4 hotels to provide hot water in the rooms.
Solar lighting along pathways at Heritage Resorts is another example. Lighting systems using solar energy are associated with a low carbon footprint and require relatively low maintenance compared to regular conventional systems. A concrete example is the fixed solar street lantern in the maintenance yard at Heritage Le Telfair; installed in 2013, it has been operational without any maintenance since then. The solar lantern is equipped with a presence detector which reduces the energy consumption by 30% when there is no physical presence. Implementing photovoltaic systems in all our hotels is also in the pipeline through the MSDG-2 CEB project.
However, despite having implemented many initiatives, we are still fighting against the odds to reduce our energy consumption to a satisfactory level, where we can proudly say that we are moving towards low carbon operations. Economic and operational constraints are often there to make us think twice before adopting a new approach. For instance, in our endeavour to offset our carbon emissions, we might be thinking about introducing a carbon sink; however, the required expertise and resources might not be readily available. We also face difficulties in obtaining a proper carbon footprint calculation. Indeed, if the direct emissions from our operations can be easily measured, indirect emissions (scope 2 and 3), on the other hand, are not so easy to retrieve. We have been putting a lot of effort into reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, from collective transportation for all employees to implementing renewable energy technologies. We are aware of the challenges that we might encounter in our journey towards zero carbon emissions, and we are open to innovative ideas to transform our challenges into opportunities.