The Exceptional Three Cities Group continues to excel in their efforts to decrease their carbon footprint, as the Group’s efforts were recently recognised for their pursuance in being aware at all times of their energy consumption levels.
This month, the Three Cities’ Greenway Woods Resort (Mpumulanga), Three Cities Royal Palm Hotel (KwaZulu Natal) and the Three Cities Peninsula All Suite Hotel (Western Cape), featured in the top of the Hotel Group category in the announcement of the leaders in The National Energy Barometer Survey 2011.
The National Energy Barometer Survey encourages companies to become aware of their energy consumption levels, how their buildings are being operated, and to encourage improvements that will bring economic benefits whilst providing a platform for comparison and learning.
John Creighton, Managing Director of the Hotels Division of Three Cities Group said he was extremely pleased with the achievement. He said that he was convinced that this would only motivate the Group’s initiatives and drive to be more critical and aware of their energy consumption.
“Our initiatives and projects to date are proving to be successful with such awards. As a Group we are guided by our commitment to endeavour to provide sustainable energy solutions, in conjunction with environmentally sustainable options across our properties.”
Apart from The National Barometer Energy Survey, the Three Cities Group is also involved in two environmental programme certifications namely:
- Green Leaf Environmental Programme – The Green Leaf environmental programme has been implemented at Three Cities Riverside Hotel & Spa; Three Cities Alpine Heath Resort; Three Cities Royal Palm Hotel; Three Cities Gateway Hotel and Three Cities Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa.
- Heritage Environmental Programme – Implemented at the Three Cities Peninsula Hotel All Suite Hotel.
Continuing to be proactive, this year the Three Cities Group will embark on a nationwide, comprehensive, energy efficient lighting programme, utilising the Eskom IDM funding models.
Said Three Cities Group Engineer Murray Burger: “As part of the three phase project, the Three Cities Group will have the ability to monitor, gauge, compare and manage energy consumptions/demands throughout the respective properties by using a remote, online web interface.
Thereafter additional lighting projects as well as efficient hot water generation systems (solar and heat pump)integration will be implemented throughout the Group. “
Other successful projects have included the 2011 partnership with Eskom, Energywise/Magnet .
This involved implementing a number of low-flow showerheads as well as flow restrictors on a number of mixers and taps within five of the Group’s hotels – Three Cities Alpine Heath Resort; Three Cities Riverside Hotel & Spa; Three Cities Royal Hotel at the time under Three Cities management; Three Cities Royal Palm; Three Cities The Square Boutique Hotel & Spa and Three Cities Docklands Hotel.
The overall benefit was the lowering in water consumption, and significantly reducing hot water consumption, ultimately yielding reduced energy consumptions.
For more information on The Three Cities Group visit www.threecities.co.za