Better Planet : Enhance eco-effiency in construction and operation
Actions to mitigate the impacts from hotel operations.
The Erawan Group Plc. has a diverse structure in managing hotels. While the environmental management policies are different, every hotel brand expressly commits to zero greenhouse gas emission by 2050 through efficient energy, water, and waste management as well as environmental-friendly procurement, which are practice guidelines for GHG emission reduction. However, to achieve this goal, investment budgets, efficiency and cost-effectiveness remain important for consideration. At present, we are conducting a study and gathering information to seek proper investment options that will enable us to achieve a goal of reducing negative impacts from our hotel operation.
In 2022, the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok was a pilot hotel to audit GHG emission by third party based on Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organization (TGO)’s standards. Other hotels were in the process of gathering data to come up with more effective means to operate hotels and to audit GHG gas emission in the future.
The Erawan Group Plc is conducting a study to seek investment partners to enhance its energy management capacity of its current systems and to increase the ratio of renewable energy in the operation. Yet the introduction of renewable energy may be restricted based on building structures and budgets can be varied.
However, the company has set a target to reduce energy intensity by 4% per year and increase the share of clean energy by 10% by the year 2030.
Short-term energy management plans
- Introducing energy-efficient electrical appliances and equipment. For example, replacing light bulbs with LED bulbs. Every hotel embarked on a replacement project on a zone basis in 2019. We plan to meet the 100% goal in 2025.
- Checking lighting, installing timers for controlling purpose, and turning off lights in non-use zones.
- Constantly monitoring the efficiency of all machines and systems indoors.
Long-term energy plans
- Seeking an alliance for a feasibility study to enhance the maximum efficiency of each building.
- Increasing the ratio of renewable energy at the right location for the best interest of everyone.
Operation results in 2022
- We were able to reduce the energy use by 3 % in 2022 compared to the 2019 level.
- 80% of our hotels have changed 100% of their light bulbs into LED.
- We collaborated with Banbu NEXT co.,Ltd. to conduct a survey of every hotel under the group to asseses e potential to install renewable energy for maximum efficiency.
- The Hop Inn Krabi Hotel was testing the use of solar cells in its operation where energy would be used for its public area. The data was gathered for analysis and implementation within the Hop Inn hotel chain
- Installed EV charging stations at four hotels: Mercure Ibis Sukhumvit 24, Mercure Ocean Resort Pattaya, Ibis Pattaya and Holiday Inn Pattaya.
- Energy intensity was 7.65 kwh/THB
Data of Internal use of electricity usage
The Erawan Group commits to sustainable water management. This includes the use of water from various water resources and the recycling of water through its water management policy and strategy. We comply with the environmental laws, ISO 14001industrial standards and other environmental rules and regulations.
We focus on improving the efficiency of our water usage and how to reduce the use of water in a sustainable way. Aside from using water-saving products, we also campaign guests and staff to help saving water and use Environmentally friendly chemical product. The target is to reduce water usage by 5% per year.
In addition, every hotel is equipped with a wastewater management system and septic tanks that treat water before it is released to public waterways. Quality assessment is conducted once to twice each year to ensure that water quality is within the required standards. The septic tank system is also equipped with an air-filling aviator, which will not emit methane that mainly generates GHG.
Practices to reduce the use of water in hotels.
- Campaign guests to re-use towels and linen to reduce water for laundering.
- Raising staff awareness on how to effectively and efficiently use water resources.
- Installing aerators to reduce water flow from faucets.
- Using water-saving sanitaryware models.
- Checking piping, accessories and water meters to monitor the use of water; conducting regular maintenance to reduce water leakage.
- Building a rain-filled reservoir at a right location.
Operation results in 2022
- The JW Marriot installed valves at its water meters as a trial to effectively control its water usage.
- The Naka Island Hotel built a rain-filled reservoir and improved the efficiency of its RO water system so that water can be used during summer instead of having to solely rely upon groundwater. The project enables the hotel to reduce groundwater use by 23,480 cubic meters a year.
- Percentage of treated wastewater before disposal is 48.12%
Data of internal water use
The Erawan Group Plc., aims to reduce waste destined for landfill by 50% within 2025 through the 4R principles of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Resource. We are collaborating with partners to create a recycling journey for the waste by enhancing waste separation efficiency, reducing the volume of landfill waste, and gathering statistics of waste destined for landfill generated by hotels in Bangkok for monitoring the performance.
Management of food leftovers and food waste
- The Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok, the JW Marriott Bangkok, and the Courtyard by Marriott Bangkok Hotel are joining hands with the SOS Foundation to donate food leftovers for the less fortunate.
- The Courtyard by Marriott Bangkok Hotel received All-Star Award for deducting food waste organized by The PLEDGE on Food Waste.
- The Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok and the JW Marriot Bangkok join Yindee Application to sell bakery at a special price with the total weight of 5,245.39 kilograms.
- Hotels under the Accor Group turn food leftovers and food waste into animal feed.
- The Head Office turns food waste into compost.
Plastic Waste Management
The Erawan Group Plc’s head office and hotels under our group together with SCGC and CORSAIR, our partners, separate all kinds of plastic waste for a recycling process. A journey of this plastic waste is clearly determined while collection time is clearly set to efficiently manage the energy used for transporting waste and to reduce the GHG emission. Every hotel is replacing one-time plastic materials with other products but still satisfying customers, such as refillable shampoo bottles in hotel bathrooms and biodegradable plastic straws.
Paper waste Management
Together with our partner, SCGP, our head office and the group’s hotels in Bangkok collect paper for recycling and directly delivered to manufacturer. Waste paper collecting routes and time are clearly set to enhance efficiency and reduce the use of energy for transporting paper.
Landfill waste management
With our partners, The Erawan Group is enhancing waste separation to be efficient and extensive for more waste to reduce the quantity of waste to landfill. Currently, we start collecting data of landfill waste generated by the head office and hotels in Bangkok.
2022 Garbage and Waste Management
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Greenhouse Gas Management
We intend to promote understanding and awareness among the management and staff regarding impacts from the GHG emission to recognize the importance of efficient operation processes in order to minimize negative impacts from our business. We aim to improve the efficiency of our use of resources; better manage the energy, water and waste; use environmental-friendly products and organize events with low-carbon footprints. In addition, we conduct a risk assessment of climate change, the result of which will be criteria when investing in and building future hotels. In 2022, The Erawan Group Plc conducted a study and collected carbon footprint data from all hotels. The Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok was the first hotel in our group to audit its GHG emission based on Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organization’s (TGO) and international criteria.
- Support the national target of achieving carbon neutrality by the year 2050 in Thailand.
- Ensure that all hotels (100% owned and managed by the company) provide services related to energy reduction and carbon offset by the year 2027. Practices for GHG emission reduction.
Our hotel business caters to a diverse customer base both domestically and internationally, who are interested in different approaches to greenhouse gas management. Currently, we have corporate customers from both domestic and international markets who are interested in eco-friendly accommodation and hosting green meetings that can offset carbon emissions. If we focuses intensively on this aspect, it can expand its customer base in the future.
Scope 1 and 2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions TonCO2e
The hotel business is a service industry that consumes a significant amount of energy, and a large portion of energy usage is driven by the guests themselves. This makes it challenging for hotels to have control or manage energy consumption effectively. Therefore, it poses a challenge for the company to achieve its carbon reduction goals. However, the company is making efforts to improve energy efficiency, construction practices, and adopt environmentally friendly energy innovations in its business operations.
Furthermore, there is an increasing demand for environmentally friendly hotel services from both individual customers and corporate clients. If hotels fail to adapt and meet these growing demands, they may miss out on long-term business opportunities in the future.
- Implement leading hotels that utilize environmentally friendly energy sources, such as solar panels, and increase the proportion of hotels using such energy sources.
- Expand the availability of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to support the reduction of fossil fuel consumption in transportation.
- Upgrade hotels to meet Green Hotel standards and other environmental standards.
- Monitor, assess, and offset carbon emissions in all hotels managed directly by the company.
Operation results in 2022
- Raising awareness and participation of staff through training to help reducing the GHG emission, change their behaviors and educate how to effectively use energy and natural resources.
- Setting awareness in environmental impacts as part of a work process and a KPI (Key Performance Indicator)
- Collaborating with our alliance, namely SCGC, SCGP and CORSAIR, to bring waste into a recycling process. The project was inaugurated in October 2022 and is currently limited to Bangkok area only.
- Increasing the ratio of eco-products in our procurement criteria.
- Currently, we are studying investment and construction opportunities to support our goal to reduce the GHG emission.
- Mandate every corporate event to be low-carbon footprints, which can be done through sharing rides, using recyclable materials at the event, reducing waste by urging everyone to carry their own water bottle and serving fruits during breaks.
- Carbon intensity (scope 1-2 ) was 0.004 tCO2e/THB