Dusit International first in Thailand to receive multiple EarthCheck Gold Certifications
Greenhouse gas emissions cut by an average of 34%
5 April 2016 : Dusit International has become the first hotel group in Thailand to have multiple properties awarded Gold Certification by EarthCheck, the world’s leading environmental management and professional service group.
Nine Dusit International properties who have continuously benchmarked and certified their environmental and social performance through EarthCheck Certified have reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 34%, cut energy and water consumption by almost 20%, and reduced waste production by more than 2 million litres*.
Mr. Stewart Moore, CEO and founder of EarthCheck, congratulated Dusit International on their long term commitment to sustainability.
“Dusit International has worked with EarthCheck since 2009 to implement a sustainability management system which aligns with the group’s corporate social responsibility approach, and we are very pleased to be awarding Gold Certification to these nine properties today,” Mr. Moore said.
“Each property has individually taken responsibility for reducing their environmental footprint and encouraging community engagement. In addition to extensive energy reduction and water conservation programs, their actions also support local schools and disadvantaged students,” he said.
Ms Suphajee Suthumpun, Group Chief Executive Officer of Dusit International, said that as a leading hotel group, Dusit International is committed to providing exceptional experiences for guests while playing an active part in conserving the environment.
“Dusit International believes that responsible tourism requires more than operating a building in a sustainable way. We encourage everyone, from staff to guests, to understand and embrace our approach to sustainability,” Ms Suthumpun said.
One of Dusit’s top priorities is the well-being and health of children. The group has fostered a partnership with Operation Smile, a charitable organisation that mobilises a force of medical professionals to provide safe, effective reconstructive surgery and related medical care for children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate.
To learn more about Dusit International’s work please visit http://www.dusit.com/csr/
List of properties achieving Gold Certification: Dusit Thani Bangkok; Dusit Thani Hua Hin; Dusit Thani Pattaya; Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket; Dusit Thani Dubai; dusitD2 Chiang Mai; Dusit Princess Chiang Mai; Dusit Princess Korat and Dusit Princess, Srinakarin.
These 9 properties have reduced total energy consumption by an average of 20%, saving 56,361,185 MJ - enough energy to support 2,366 typical 5-person households in a developed country such as Australia for one year. This saving in energy consumption is equivalent to $518,102.
Total water consumption by these 9 properties has been reduced by an average of 19% since joining the program, saving of 84,589,210 L of water - enough to fill 34 standard Olympic sized swimming pools. This saving in water consumption is equivalent to $42,124.
These 9 properties have reduced total waste sent to landfill by an average of 12% since joining the program, a reduction of 2,029,983 L of waste. This is enough to fill 20 double-decker buses, or 322 Smart Cars, an equivalent of $19,692 savings in waste sent to landfill.
EarthCheck is the world's leading environmental management and professional services group for the travel and tourism industry. Its flagship product, EarthCheck Certification, has helped clients in more than 70 countries realise over $500 million in operational savings while reducing their footprint on the environment. EarthCheck Certified awards Silver Certification after one year, Gold Certification after five years, Platinum Certification after ten years and Master status after fifteen years of continuous benchmarking of environmental and social performance indicators. www.earthcheck.org Twitter: @earthcheck_ Facebook: @theplanetdeservesmorethanhalfmeasures
Dusit International has more than 65 years' experience in the hotel and hospitality ﬁeld. Founded in 1949 by Honorary Chairperson Thanpuying Chanut Piyaoui, whose ﬁrst hotel was the Princess on Bangkok's New Road, Dusit International has since acquired a unique portfolio of distinctive hotels, building upon Thai culture and tradition to create a personalized welcome for all guests made distinctive under the Dusit International brand promise; the delivery of an 'experience that enlivens the individual spirit, no matter the journey’. Visit www.dusit.com for more information.