Mahaweli Reach Hotel (MRH), reputed as the first hotel to achieve the five-star status in Kandy, recently marked another milestone in the hospitality and tourism industry of Sri Lanka by becoming the first hotel to be certified as a CarbonConscious, WaterConscious and WasteConscious Hotel.
The certifications were awarded to MRH by The Sustainable Future Group (SFG) – a leading sustainability validation, verification and certification services provider, as a result of the hotel committing to a long-term programme of measuring, managing and mitigating its overall environmental footprint. The Conscious range is part of a proprietary, diverse range of certifications developed by SFG following internationally accepted standards and protocols to measure, manage and mitigate/enhance key environmental impact areas such as carbon, water, waste and biodiversity.
In obtaining the certifications, MRH partnered with The Carbon Consulting Company (CCC) for expert assistance in first identifying the specific areas the hotel should focus on that would be directly aligned with the business’ sustainability and corporate goals. Subsequently, in-depth audits were conducted to assess MRH’s impact baseline and relevant Environmental Data Recording and Monitoring Systems were also implemented.
As part of the certification requirements, an internal Sustainability Team was formed to brainstorm ideas and to drive footprint mitigation initiatives whilst tracking progress through comprehensive
Commenting on their latest achievement, Mahaweli Reach Managing Director Jayantha Panabokke said, “The efforts of our staff and management team, with the help of The Carbon Consulting Company, have made our vision of becoming a sustainable business entity a reality. We can now uphold our founder’s vision of providing an unforgettable Sri Lankan holiday experience to our guests, whilst at the same time mitigating our impact on the planet. Our commitment to provide excellence and quality is strengthened as we begin this journey of sustainability and bring Mahaweli Reach and the tourism industry of Sri Lanka into the 21st century.”
CCC CEO Sanith De Silva Wijeyeratne stated, “We’re proud to have Mahaweli Reach join the esteemed ranks of sustainable hotels in Sri Lanka, showing that tradition and caring for the environment are not mutually exclusive. Marking a turning point for the tourism industry in Sri Lanka, this new milestone for this prominent hotel is a testament to the openness of its management to adapt to pressing global changes and requirements whilst maintaining the intrinsic values of the founders of the hotel. Their commitment to the community and environment will go a long way in achieving sustainability in the country, bringing Sri Lanka one step closer to achieving a more sustainable future.”