The Macao Green Hotel Award 2022, which is organised by the Environmental Protection Bureau in collaboration with the Macao Government Tourism Office, is taking applications until 18th September. Since its launch in 2007, the awards programme has been encouraging the hotel sector to adopt environmentally friendly measures to help Macao go greener.
Divided into two categories, “hotels” and “budget accommodation”, the awards are valid for three years. In the “hotel” group, five levels of environmental achievement will be awarded: Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Merit. In the “budget accommodation” group, there are simply the “Green Guesthouse Award” and the “Basic Certificate” that can be awarded.
Hotels which have been awarded the 2020 and 2021 Macao Green Hotel Award can also apply for a superior level of award this year.
Until its 2021 edition, a total of 57 hotels became award recipients, corresponding to nearly half of the hotel establishments of the city.
Awardee hotels help Macao lower carbon emissions
The awardee hotels have collectively recycled more than 60,000 tonnes of waste, which is equivalent to the weight of 15,000 small buses since the programme began. This includes more than 18,000 tonnes of waste paper recycled, which amounts to saving around 300,000 trees.
In addition, 70% of the awardee hotels have recycled their food waste, with the total accumulated volume exceeding 8,900 tonnes. That is the same weight as 2,225 small buses.
There has also been an increase in the number of electric vehicle charging facilities at awardee hotels, with equipment having already been installed at more than 100 electric vehicle charging places. That is a 70% increase over the past two years.
For more information about the Macao Green Hotel Award, please visit www.dspa.gov.mo/greenhotel.