Singapore embraces long-term sustainability with green innovations
210 solar panels were recently installed at PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay, Singapore
As part of its long-term commitment to sustainability and business growth, the hotel has actively adopted sustainable practices across a wide range of its operations.
SINGAPORE – PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina BaySingapore, owned by Pan Pacific Hotel Groupestablished itself as Singapore’s first “garden in a hotel” with over 2,400 plants and trees spread over 15,000 square feet of space in the hotel.
As part of its long-term commitment to sustainability and business growth, the hotel has actively adopted sustainable practices across a wide range of its operations. Taking a ‘rejuvenation’ approach to improving existing assets instead of demolishing and rebuilding the building during its SGD45 million transformation in 2020, the hotel retained the iconic structure, designed by architect John Portmanand prevented the production of more than 51,300 metric tons of carbon dioxide, equivalent to the felling of 8.7 million trees.
Energy and water management – To improve energy management, motion sensors in guest rooms and public areas turn off lights and air conditioning when guests are not present. The hotel also recently installed 210 solar panels, which generate more than 350 kWh of electricity per day, enough to power 540 typical homes in Singapore in one day. Overall energy consumption is now reduced by 1.4%. With an expected lifespan of 25 years, the solar panels are expected to save SGD 450,000, which can help fund other sustainability projects. The hotel has also installed low-flow showerheads that reduce water flow from 27 liters per minute to 9 liters per minute.
Plastic waste management – The in-room water filtration system has eliminated the need for bottled water, eliminating the carbon impact of the production and eventual waste treatment of over 360,000 plastic bottles per year. Straws, containers and cutlery used for takeaway meals have now been replaced with biodegradable alternatives.
Food waste management – Better meal planning months in advance reduces hotel food waste by up to 72%. The hotel always tries to offer seasonal vegetables so that the vegetables can be grown at the city farm, or at least purchased from local suppliers.
Food waste is often recycled or the use of every part of the food is maximized. For example, at the hotel’s restaurant, Peppermint, chefs use beef trimmings from other beef dishes to make shredded beef stew pasta. Another ingredient the hotel recycles is watermelon rind – the white parts of the rind are used as a vegetable for stir-fry dishes. The hotel has also recently installed energy-efficient digesters, which break down food waste in an environmentally friendly way into a liquid that can be safely disposed of down the drain.
Urban farm – The hotel is home to one of the largest urban farms in the Central Business District, with over 60 varieties of edible vegetables, herbs and flowers, forming the backbone of the farm-to-table hotel , from farm to bar and from farm. spa concepts. Used coffee beans are processed and used as compost in the urban farm.
To date, PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay, Singapore has been recognized at the World Travel Mart World Responsible Tourism Awards 2021 with a silver medal in the category “Reduce plastic waste in the environmentcategory, and won “2021 Best Sustainable Hotel Award” by Savor the BlackBookAsia Awards 2021.
Mr. Melvin LimManaging Director, PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay, Singapore, said: “As the issue of climate change and awareness of the impact of business on the environment has grown, the adoption of policies that have a favorable effect on this impact has also increased. Sustainability is everyone’s responsibility and embracing green innovations is at the heart of our hotel’s green values. Sustainability is best for the planet, and our customers are increasingly demanding that level of commitment from us.”