Some 13 hotels and guest houses won accolades in the Macao Green Hotel Awards 2020, as per the results unveiled in late June at the award ceremony held by the Macao SAR Government Environmental Protection Bureau. The awards are valid for three years.
There were five hotels that claimed gold awards in the latest edition of the Macao Green Hotel Awards, two properties received silver accolades and a further two properties took out bronze awards.
Two hotels received awards of merit, while two guest houses had their environmental performance recognised with an award.
Macao has now 57 hospitality properties with a valid Macao Green Hotel Award, or about half of all hotels and guest houses in the city. That is one more than last year.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced a one-year hiatus in 2020, but the award presentation ceremony returned this year.
At the ceremony, the Director of the Macao SAR Government Environmental Protection Bureau, Tam Vai Man, said that even though the occupancy rate for Macao’s hotels and guest houses fell last year, properties kept up their green practices, which showed that the sector is on the “right path towards sustainable development”.
The latest award-winners made significant efforts in managing food waste and conserving energy. Each of the winners use LED lighting, with some even installing solar power facilities to supplement their energy usage. Elsewhere, the number of hotels using electric vehicles for shuttle bus services grew by more than 30% in 2020, and the number of charging stations for electric vehicles at awarded properties rose by more than 70%.
More than 70% of all the awarded properties have food waste collection programmes, about 40% of which have their own food waste treatment equipment.
About 60% of the 13 awardees in the latest edition have donated the tax collected from the use of plastic bags for either charitable or environmental protection activities.
The Green Hotel Award programme is organised by the Macao SAR Government Environmental Protection Bureau, with the collaboration of the Macao Government Tourism Office. The programme was launched in 2007, and seeks to emphasise the importance of environmental management in the hotel sector, and to honour establishments that have reduced consumption of utilities’ services and reduced waste.
The programme is supported by the Macao Hoteliers and Innkeepers Association, the Macau Hotel Association, the Macao Productivity and Technology Transfer Center and the Macao Hotel Employees Association.
Applications for the next edition of the Macao Green Hotel Award programme run from 1 July to 16 August. More information is available at www.dspa.gov.mo/greenhotel.