Going carbon zero in Christchurch
Christchurch Convention Centre has entered into an agreement with carbon
programme and certification provider Toitū Envirocare, as part of its
ambition to achieve net carbon zero operations by the end of the next
financial year. The Centre’s general manager Ross Steele says committing
to net CarbonZero operations is a clear indication of the Centre’s
desire to lead by example and create meaningful change.
He said: “For us, sustainability and sustainable operations go beyond
just measuring waste and offsetting carbon emissions. It’s about legacy
– what we leave behind for future generations, and how we instil values
that will ensure we are not only environmentally sensitive but leading
the way in this area for years to come.”
Toitū carbon programmes are the only ones in New Zealand certified
under the ISO 14064 standard (organisation) and ISO 14067 standard
(product) by the JAS-ANZ (Joint Accreditation System for Australia and
New Zealand), meaning they are internationally recognised.
Marina Bay Sands achieves GSTC certification
resort Marina Bay Sands has been certified to the Global Sustainable
Tourism Council (GSTC) Industry Criteria for Hotels and Accommodations,
which aim to promote the best sustainable tourism practices around four
main themes: effective sustainability management, minimising
environmental impact, maximising social and economic benefits for the
local community and enhancing cultural heritage. The achievement
recognises the resort’s continued efforts in implementing innovative
Marina Bay Sands says it has reduced its carbon footprint by over 50%
since 2012. The integrated resort is focused on annual performance
goals in energy, waste, water, resource management, sustainable
procurement and biodiversity.
Green fares for the climate conscious at Lufthansa
Lufthansa Group, Germany’s national flag carrier, has launched ‘Green
Fares’, a class of fare aimed at encouraging more corporate
The fare already includes offsetting of flight-related CO₂ emissions,
achieved by using 20% Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) and 80% by
contributing to high-quality climate protection projects for European
traffic. Lufthansa Group corporate customers will receive a CO2
mitigation certificate for the CO2 reduction achieved with the
Sustainable Aviation Fuel.
Lufthansa Group is the world’s first airline group to introduce such a
fare which will be available for business and leisure travellers on
flights within Europe and to Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.
The fares, available from mid-February, can be booked via the
airlines' websites. They were introduced following a successful test run
for flights from Denmark, Sweden and Norway, which showed a growing
interest in sustainable travel.
Conrad Seoul focuses on sustainable F&B
Seoul says that Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and Aquaculture
Stewardship Council (ASC) certified menus are increasingly in demand and
appreciated by its guests. The hotel offers MSC- and ASC-certified
lobster, salmon, shrimp and abalone and general manager Mark Meaney says
this certification allows the hotel to pursue seafood menus labelled
with seafood sources that are sustainably sourced.
The hotel has also invested in Lumitix, a programme that helps
analyse and ultimately reduce food waste. “Additionally we have placed
tent cards on buffets to make guests aware and conscious of the food
that is wasted and which impacts greenhouse gas emissions,” says Meaney.
“We have also invested in water filters, which allows us to limit usage
of plastic. Instead, we use glass bottles of two different sizes for
guests to pour from.”