Turning Green into Gold in the Heart of Kowloon Business District: The Eaton Hongkong

Nestled in a busy business district of Kowloon peninsula and conveniently located on Nathan Road, Eaton, Hong Kong is a four stars hotel owned and managed by Langham Hotels International.

As in many four stars establishments, the hotel is not short of good facilities such as 465 well-appointed and custom-designed guestrooms and suites, three ballrooms, 10 function rooms, a stylish E Club, six restaurants and an alfresco bar. Up on its roof-top, guests can relax in a heated outdoor swimming pool and gymnasium overlooking the vibrant Nathan Road. With such facilities, hotel has been attracting loyal guests from all over the world.

Eaton hotel is however not just another four star hotels. It is a cut above the rest as far as environment consciousness is concerned. The green efforts are not all about marketing gimmicks. Since 2009, Eaton, Hong Kong has continuously launched initiatives to further its commitment to sustainability. The hotel for example has  invested  HK$500,000 to install an eco-friendly drinking water purification system allows glass bottles to be re-used thus eliminating the consumption and disposal of approximately 350,000 plastic bottles every year.

The hotel has also built a striking living green wall in the lobby to improve indoor air quality which features 3600 Sansevieria trifasciata plants (also known as mother in law’s tongue or snake plants which supposedly can act as air cleaner)

The hotel has been as well implementing sustainable and renewable resources and a range of resource saving devices and products, all designed to help guests maintain a sustainable lifestyle during their stay.

Following the recent Hong Kong Awards for Environmental Excellence (HKAEE), the hotel was awarded with the coveted Gold Certification. The Hotel also went on to receive a special mention in the Green Hotelier Awards for Asia Pacific in 2015. “We’re thrilled to be recognised by the international environmental bodies. In the past six years, we have teamed up with over 20 green partners such as EarthCheck, WWF–Hong Kong, Green Monday, Food Angel, Foodlink and many more to promote sustainability within our community and we are very proud of everyone who has been involved in the process.” said Shane Pateman, General Manager of Eaton, Hong Kong.

The EarthCheck Gold Certification is regarded as the world’s most scientifically rigorous environmental management programme.  It is designed specifically for the travel and tourism industry and is reserved for organisations that have consistently demonstrated an ongoing commitment to support their local communities and who have maintained the highest standards of environmental management over a period of at least five years.

This striking green wall in The Eaton hotel lobby is just one small part of its sustanaibility efforts (Image courtesy of The Eaton)

This striking green wall in The Eaton hotel lobby is just one small part of its sustanaibility efforts (Image courtesy of The Eaton)

Achieving the Gold status is not an easy feat, the hotel has had to report its environmental performance to the independent auditor and in doing so be benchmarked against international best practice standards taken from the global Travel and Tourism Industry. An in-depth on-site assessment was also conducted with the Hotel achieving the highest best practice rating in eight sections, including policy, minimising energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, potable water consumption, water saving ratings, waste sent to landfill and the ratings of paper and cleaning products used.

The hotel’s own water bottling system also won the judges’ appreciation in receiving a special mention in the Green Hotelier Awards for Asia Pacific in 2015. Organised by greenhotelier.org, the award recognises applicants ranged from small eco lodges to large corporate hotels who display a genuine passion for sustainability. In the award announcement, judges praised the Hotel for being the first to install its own water bottling system, along with the introduction of refillable guest amenities, which saves a total of 850,000 pieces of plastic waste each year.

 

 

 

About the author

Devisanthi Tunas is the co-founder of www.greenasiaforce.com, an online platform which promotes sustainability awareness and green building solutions in tropical context. She is a Singapore based architect.