Events have been gaining more traction in executing and fulfilling
successful eco agendas as part of CSR efforts, which have in turn gained
the strong approval of attendees. Sustainability, while not a new
trend, looks to receive heightened attention this coming year, and
planners are increasingly mindful about working with venues with green
One such venue is ParkRoyal Collection Marina Bay, Singapore, which has sustainability written into its DNA.
“Adopting green innovations at ParkRoyal Collection Marina Bay,
Singapore is at the core of the hotel’s brand values, and with our
integrated approach to sustainability, we can provide insights based on
our hotel capabilities and suggest activities to help deliver a more
impactful green experience for your event,” shared GM Melvin Lim of
ParkRoyal Collection Marina Bay, Singapore.
The green philosophy
Talk a walk through the
property and you will see that eco-friendly practices are integrated
into every aspect of its operations and design.
Greenery features prominently with over 2,400 plants spread across
1,394 sqm, giving the impression of an indoor forest. Besides making for
a great event backdrop, the design is also functional as plants double
up as natural air purifiers and sinks for carbon dioxide.
Solar panels generate electricity for the hotel while public spaces
and guestrooms are equipped with motion sensors and ballrooms are
adorned with energy-efficient LED walls and lights. There are also over
580 recycling bins on the premises to encourage recycling.
Beyond its physical space, the hotel ensures events adhere to
sustainable practices, for instance, with the elimination of single-use
bottles in favour of refillable water carafes. Stationery stations are
also set up during events to encourage a “take what you need” mentality.
Creative use of recyclable materials are evident too, with ballpoint
pens that are repurposed from used Nespresso coffee capsules, which in
turn are made from recycled aluminium. To ensure minimal wastage, coffee
grounds are also processed as natural fertilisers for the hotel’s
From farm to table, bar and spa
With over 60
varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs and edible flowers, the Urban
Farm is one of Singapore’s largest and provides 20% of the hotel’s
supply, shared Lim. This allows the hotel to reduce its dependence on
the food supply chain and overall carbon footprint.
For a more engaging event experience, planners can arrange for
delegates to take part in a guided urban farm tour, which will explain
the benefits of urban farming. This can be followed by sensorial
experiences on how the hotel adopts farm-to-table, farm-to-bar and
farm-to-spa concepts with a plant-based dining experience at Peppermint;
networking cocktails at Portman’s Bar; or a body treatment at St.
There is also the option of farm-to-table working lunches, packed in
eco-friendly bento boxes, for shorter, more impactful meetings.
According to Lim, there has already been “high interest” in the
hotel’s green meeting package. “It’s an eco-centric meeting alternative
that focuses on purposefully implemented eco-friendly practices… as well
as sustainable options,” he elaborated.
To enhance the delegate experience, planners can also opt to ferry
guests using the hotel’s electric car, which is said to travel 400km in a
single charge without pollutants and much noise.
The future is green and hybrid
While hybrid and
virtual meetings took off due to the necessity arising from the
pandemic, such events have the potential to reduce a conference’s carbon
footprint and energy use without sacrificing delegate participation.
Recognising its growing popularity, the hotel introduced Green Room –
a green room and studio that is equipped with state-of-the-art
audiovisual and digital conference facilities. Supported by a dedicated
technical and events team, Green Room allows planners to incorporate
hybrid events in a seamless manner.
Past hybrid events that have been held include the PRISM Awards
ceremony organised by the Institute of Public Relations (IPRS) in
December 2021, Travel Weekly Asia Reader’s Choice Awards 2021, and
M&C Asia Stella Awards 2021, held in the hotel’s Garden Ballroom.
Planners who are keen to hold outdoor events can opt for the Green
Space on level 5, which may also be utilised for morning outdoor yoga