Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts Earn Green Globe Certification at Three Maldives Resorts
Three Maldives resorts operated by Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts, have recently received the internationally recognised Green Globe Certification for environmental sustainability. OBLU by Atmosphere at Helengeli (North Malé) and OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo (South Malé) received the award in November 2019 with OBLU Select at Sangeli (North Malé) receiving its certification in January.
The Green Globe initiative was founded in the wake of the 1992 Rio de Janeiro Earth Day summit, and has spread to 83 countries around the globe. The certification programme is committed to environmentally responsible, sustainable travel and tourism initiatives, with a particular focus on local people and culture.
According to the Green Globe website, members of the programme are committed to managing and operating their businesses to the highest level of sustainability, managing and reducing the use of energy and water, promoting the reuse and recycling of materials, and promoting workforce diversity and inclusiveness while respecting local cultures.
'Sustainability means managing the resorts in accordance with the company's guiding principles,' said a representative for Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts in a press release. 'The resorts have been managed in a sustainable manner from the very beginning, and considerable steps have been taken to minimise the impact that operating the resorts has on the environment.'
The Green Globe certification process revolves around 44 core environmental criteria and up to 380 'compliance indicators', which vary depending on location. Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts dedicated special teams of staff at each of the resorts, working through more than 300 criteria to earn the certification in each location. Factors taken into account include the resort's commitment to sustainability, protection of cultural heritage, social and economic considerations and environmental protection.
Examples of the recently certified resorts' commitment to sustainability include the banning of plastic straws and the use of glass bottles for drinking water, which is processed by the resorts' own facilities. OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo has installed floating solar panels to power the resort, an initiative that will be rolled out to all five of Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts Maldivian facilities in the near future. Guests are actively encouraged to preserve nature and the surrounding underwater world, and Maldivian culture and heritage are well represented at each of the resorts.
'As the Maldives is one of the most endangered tourist destinations in the world, environmental conservation and sustainability have always been a key element to our operations and integral in all that we do,' said Giri Venkat, Chief Operating Officer and President of Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts. 'Since the establishment of Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts in 2013, we have worked to become more and more sustainable. We are thrilled to be part of the Green Globe community, with three resorts currently certified, and the others well on their way. I am very proud of all the resort teams who have worked immensely hard to achieve this certification.'