Pan Pacific Hotels Group pledges to remove single-use plastics by 2019
Guided by its core values and brand philosophy to conduct business with sincerity and integrity, Pan Pacific Hotels Group has pledged to eliminate all single-use plastics across all its properties and operations by 2019 to do its part for the environment.
As part of the Group’s eco-conscious initiatives, several efforts are already in place, with others underway including.
· Removal of all plastic straws across all properties globally since July 2018;
· Adopting environmentally-friendly options for pens, stirrers, takeaway coffee cups/boxes;
· Removing plastic wraps for in-room slippers and plastic laundry wraps;
· Exploring environmentally-friendly options for in-room amenities; and
· Expanding recycling efforts from used soap to non-disposable plastics.
Mr Neo Soon Hup, Pan Pacific Hotels Groups Senior Vice-President, Operations says, “As a Group we pride ourselves as world citizen with a heart towards our environment. Guided by our core values and brand philosophy, we believe in conducting business with sincerity and integrity. We respect our environment and demonstrate our commitment through initiatives such as the phasing out the use of disposable plastics at our hotels, all with a view for the future and our next generation. We are also taking sustainability to the next level by looking at the traceability of food produce and ways to minimise food waste generated at our properties in the near-term.”
More importantly, Pan Pacific Hotels Group is emerging as an industry leader, having already taken significant steps beyond simply adopting environmentally-friendly practices to designing and building hotels that are fully sustainable. Its first success is Singapore’s PARKROYAL on Pickering, a highly-awarded hotel-in-a-garden and four-time winner of World Travel Awards’ Asia’s Leading Green Hotel, and World Luxury Hotel Awards’ Best Luxury Green Hotel.
Joining it soon will be Pan Pacific Orchard in Singapore, another architectural icon along Orchard Road. Designed and built to be zero-impact and zero-waste, the hotel is intended to be an environmentally sustainable showcase when it is completed in 2021.
Amongst other innovative elements, Pan Pacific Orchard will feature a rainwater harvesting system, a recyclable water system, and a compactor which turns food waste into compost. The public spaces, meeting spaces and guestrooms will also all be designed to optimise natural daylight.
In the past 5 years, Pan Pacific Hotels Group properties in Singapore have collectively achieved a 24.8% reduction of energy and water intensity per guest night. Besides PARKROYAL on Pickering, PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road, has achieved Green Mark Platinum-certification thanks to its environmentally-sustainable practices – an accolade it has retained in the last few years, while the 790-room Pan Pacific Singapore is also Green Mark-certified.
Outside the Asia-Pacific region, Pan Pacific Vancouver has achieved a “Four Key” rating from Green Key Global for its efforts in environmental conservation, which includes recycling programmes and sustainable F&B practices. Meanwhile, Green Globe-certified Pan Pacific Seattle is an active donor of food and toiletries to local shelters and also regularly sends soap for recycling, as do the five Australian Pan Pacific Hotels Group properties, which is then distributed to at-risk communities in developing countries.
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