Banyan Tree reveals results of annual sustainability report
Banyan Tree has continued to build on its core value of driving sustainable development, implementing a host of initiatives to improve conservation and environmental practices across its portfolio of premium resorts, hotels, residences and spas.
In 2017, the company conducted an in-depth assessment to frame and focus its efforts to ensure long-term sustainability for 2018 and beyond. Focusing on seven primary topics including climate change, pollution and waste, leadership and biodiversity, Banyan Tree has vowed to repeat the assessment process every five years to ensure its efforts remain relevant in a rapidly changing environment.
The tourism sector accounted for up to five percent of global emissions and was associated with high resource consumption rates. “Banyan Tree has been reducing its resource consumption and emissions since 2007, and since 2010 working with EarthCheck, the industry leader for benchmarking and certifying sustainable resource use in tourism. In 2017, we implemented 50 new resource conservation initiatives across our resorts and hotels, and set best practice for energy use at 11 properties and emissions at 13 properties,” Dr Steve Newman, Group Sustainability Director, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts.
Among the impressive environmental highlights in 2017, 37.5 percent of Banyan Tree’s water was recycled, with Laguna Phuket recycling or recapturing more than 99 percent of its water.
Across the properties, more than 53,000 staff and guests engaged in biodiversity and environmental initiatives and since 2001, $6.79m has been invested in supporting social and environmental projects. The total number of trees planted by the Banyan Tree Group since its inception is 467,000.
Conservation remains a major focus for Banyan Tree. Among the key actions, Banyan Tree implemented a conservation strategy at its Marine Labs in the Maldives, with a goal to sustain natural ecosystems and human communities through science-based conservation and restoration projects.
“Awareness and education are the cornerstone of environmental conservation, so we regularly provide opportunities for guest and staff engagement, alongside our work with international organisations,” said Dr Steve Newman.
Last year, 36,880 people participated in environmental initiatives such as guest talks, eco tours, walks and snorkelling excursions at 21 Banyan Tree properties, a 31 per cent increase on the previous year.
Thirty properties also completed an annual clean up, with more than 10,000 people participating.
More than 1500 Crown of Thorns Starfish – one of the biggest threats to Indo-Pacific coral reefs – were removed from 90 kilometres of reef, and significant coral regeneration work was undertaken. Banyan Tree has also made significant strides in the engagement and empowering of local communities.
Last year, community efforts were focused in Thailand, where the company also celebrated the 25th anniversary of Laguna Phuket Kindergarten, a community initiative founded with the aim of reducing poverty within the wider community through education.