Green Globe today announced certification of the Mövenpick Hotel&Residences Hajar Tower Makkah in Saudi Arabia for its sustainability achievements. The hotel’s certification is part of Mövenpick Hotels&Resorts’ program to establish a common and global approach to sustainability and certify all its properties worldwide by the end of 2012.
Mövenpick Hotel&Residences Hajar Tower Makkah managed to reduce energy consumption by 23 percent by installing a motion light system in the floors and changing all lights to LED lights, and uses 100 percent eco-friendly detergents and cleaning products for the laundry and housekeeping departments. In addition, the hotel has reduced water consumption by installing low-flow heads in all guest room sinks, and introduced organic dishes in lunch and dinner buffets. It is also HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) certified for safety in food production.
General Manager of Mövenpick Hotel&Residences Hajar Tower, Omar Boujlid, said: “After more than a year of hard work, we are proud to have achieved 92 percent compliance against the Green Globe Standard for Sustainable Tourism and Travel. We want to be a positive role model of successful sustainability management for other organizations, especially in this holy city of Makkah. We have achieved the second highest Green Globe score that a hotel has reached in the Middle East so far. Our next mission is to become number one.”
Green Globe Certification’s CEO, Guido Bauer, said: “This incredible achievement of Mövenpick Hotel&Residences Hajar Tower Makkah is the result of investing in new equipment and most importantly a great team effort. Fifty team members from several departments form the ‘Green Team’ headed by the Director of Engineering, Tamer Fahmi. The hotel basically conducts a ‘self-audit’ on a monthly basis to constantly measure its performance and identify areas for improvement.”