Meliã will eliminate all disposable plastics from its properties
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The bottles, glasses, bags, sorbets and coasters will be replaced by reusable materials
Gabriel Escarrer, Executive Vice President and CEO of Meliã Hotels International, announced that by the end of 2018 disposable plastic materials will be eliminated from all properties. The bottles, glasses, bags, sorbets and coasters will be replaced by reusable materials. With this elimination will reduce more than 15 tons of CO2 emissions generated by garbage disposal each year.
In 2017 alone, more than 22 million plastic bottles were consumed globally in Meliã Hotels International properties. The decision to eliminate this type of material will significantly reduce the contamination of the company and will serve to raise awareness of the problem among the 30 million customers who visit the properties of Meliã Hotels International each year. The company has drawn up a plan to replace single-use plastics with biodegradable or ecological alternatives by the end of the current year.
Meliã Hotels International has been named one of the world's leading companies in the fight against climate change by the "Carbon Disclosure Project" index, for the exemplary tendency of the group towards reducing its impact on the planet. Meliã Hotels International recognizes the fundamental role played by the tourism industry in the fight against climate change.
According to the Global Risk Report, four of the five biggest risks for the tourism industry in the next 10 years are related to climate change, ranging from climate deterioration to water scarcity.
Gabriel Escarrer, Executive Vice President and CEO of Meliã Hotels International, firmly believes in the fundamental role that companies must play in contributing to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, and affirmed that the business world, institutions and Society in general needs to get involved and work together to combat climate change and address other important global challenges.
Mr. Escarrer mentioned, "Customers' experiences must be compatible with respect for the planet." Pollution is a global challenge that affects all destinations and tourism depends on the sustainability of the destinations, something we are very aware in Meliã Hotels International as an international leader in holiday hotels Combatting climate change and reducing emissions has been part of our strategy for years, with well-established energy efficiency programs in hotels and agreements with suppliers on the exclusive use of renewable energy and take more measures to combat climate change by assuming the commitments defined at the Paris Climate Summit. "
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