Adding to their growing collection of accolades, Hotel Verde, has been awarded the INTERNORGA Trendsetter Award at a ceremony held last night at the official opening of the INTERNORGA Trade Show in Hamburg.
This annual award goes to a company that demonstrates with “great intuition, innovation, courage and passion how business practices and sustainable management can work together for optimal results.” For example, the criteria included the use of sustainable technologies which conserve resources and energy, use of raw materials from ecological production and fair trade, a high degree of transparency in manufacturing methods, and outstanding socially responsible actions. Hotel Verde ticked all the boxes, outshining over 100 contenders from hotels, restaurants, caterers, institutional caterers to bakeries worldwide.
With a strong focus on true sustainability, and analysis of the various effects of a company in the industry, Hotel Verde has been acknowledged as the trendsetter in their sector, establishing the highest standards for the sustainability of their own products and the company, thus raising the standards for the entire sector.
- Various factors were considered through the selection process, including:
- Energy, water and material efficient operation
- Forward looking technologies to promote sustainable development
- Food from ecological or sustainable production
- Smart recycling solutions
- Innovations with practical relevance
- Socially responsible action
- Exemplary sustainability concepts and tools
Hotel Verde owner, Mario Delicio who was delighted to accept the award commented, “The significance of the Trendsetter Award is that it exemplifies what we stand for. We have always said that we may hold the title of Africa’s greenest hotel, but we hope that won’t be for long. Hotel Verde is strategically placed to play a key role in the future of green building and sustainability in South Africa, and the world – we want to show the continent what can be done and we want to challenge the industry as a whole.”
Some of the more significant sustainable features at ‘Africa’s greenest hotel’ are:
- Cobiax void formers in the concrete slabs
- Renewable materials and products in design and procurement
- Three vertical-axis wind turbines
- Photovoltaic roof panels
- Energy generating gym equipment
- Regenerative elevators
- Geo-thermal heating and cooling system
- Grey water recycling to feed toilets
- Subsoil drainage and water harvesting