When we think of hotels, images of luxury, pampering and relaxation easily fills our mind but today guests are starting to wonder, ‘How is my hotel and stay impacting the environment?’
In anticipation of Six Senses’ Maxwell opening in the heart of Singapore’s Chinatown on 1st December 2018, we sat down with Murray Aitken, General Manager of Six Senses Singapore to understand how sustainability is at the core of their brand’s commitment.
Sustainability At The Heart Of Every Decision
Together with Six Senses Duxton, the new Six Senses Maxwell aims to showcase the group’s responsibility to restoration and conservation of Singapore’s timeless heritage while practicing sustainability every step of the way.
One such initiative is their Plastic Free 2022 campaign that extends to all Six Senses’ properties globally with a target to operate completely free of plastic by 2022. starting with single-use and disposable plastic as top priority, Six Senses aims to carefully reduce exposure to this fossil-fuel based material for guests and communities. The group includes formal sustainability training for all departments throughout the hotel operations with one such focus on ‘Refuse’ where unnecessary items, packaging and practices are refused.
In fact, 0.5% of the group’s total revenues and 50% of water sales in their F&B outlets are set aside as contributions towards their Sustainability Fund, helping to fund social and environmental projects at a local level. With monthly reporting on key performance indicators such as energy, carbon emissions, water and waste, the Group keeps a watchful eye on their hotel operations to ensure every decision made is sustainable.
The Move Towards 100% Carbon Neutral Electricity
Similar to The Vagabond Club where iSwitch helped to spearhead the way towards being 100% carbon neutral, Six Senses has also embraced and started the carbon neutral program with iSwitch for both their hotels, Six Senses Duxton and Six Senses Maxwell.
While measures on resource conservation could be easily practiced internally, energy usage is one on-going consumption where going carbon neutral is the preferred option to help the environment while ensuring an optimal experience for guests. One such example is the unavoidable energy use for air-conditioning in Singapore’s tropical climate.
With a commitment to addressing their greenhouse gas emissions from their energy usage, the Six Senses Singapore is working together with iSwitch to offset their carbon emissions by purchasing carbon credits that support renewable energy developments. This is accomplished through the iSwitch2Green plan.
Reaping The Rewards Of Carbon Neutral Electricity & Sustainability
Sustainability goes beyond just enhancing a company’s image and brand equity, it brings along a host of tangible benefits that range from financial savings to an increased commitment and loyalty of their customer base.
By making sustainability part of the guest experience for each of their properties, approximately 32% of their guests return as a direct consequence of their initiatives alone.
When it comes to the savings and environmental footprint from partnering with iSwitch in going carbon neutral, the benefits are equally impressive. Six Senses Singapore will be enjoying over 20% monthly fixed savings throughout the duration of their contract, as well as projected to offset a total of 1,610 tonnes CO2 equivalent of carbon credits against greenhouse gas emissions from their electricity consumption.
“The tourism industry, being one of the major industries in Singapore, is one where non-renewable energy is still the primary source of energy. We believe the iSwitch2Green program would help in offsetting the carbon emissions. iSwitch consultants have been helpful in providing professional support on energy saving advice as well as connecting us with local companies, helping us to drive sustainability initiatives in our hotel operations.”
Six Senses Maxwell – Opening On 1st December 2018
Set in a block of heritage shophouses in Singapore’s Chinatown, Six Senses Maxwell embodies the spirit of Singapore’s heritage beautifully restored to its original grandeur with interiors by famed French designer Jacques Garcia. Each of the hotel’s 138 guestrooms and suites is carefully decorated with custom furnishings and original artwork.
Six Senses Maxwell offers an eclectic collection of concept restaurants and bars, complementing other in-house facilities such as their outdoor rooftop lap pool and a well-equipped gym with spa pods offering a range of treatments to open in early 2019.
To discover more about Six Senses Maxwell, click here.
To learn more about iSwitch’s Carbon Neutral Plans, click here.
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