First Hotel in Hawaii to Announce Carbon Neutral Certification Commitment
‘Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach, announces its commitment to achieve PAS 2060 carbon neutral certification. The resort has engaged DEKRA for verification services and has partnered with the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative (HLRI) and Legacy Carbon LLC to help offset the carbon footprint of the resort. This builds upon ‘Alohilani Resort’s existing sustainability initiatives, including its commitment to plant 100,000 indigenous trees in its Legacy Forest, and its use of renewable electricity throughout the hotel. Providing a carbon-neutral experience means guests can ease their conscience while they enjoy a memorable vacation.
The resort’s carbon neutral certification will be verified by DEKRA, an international testing, inspection, and certification body, in accordance with PAS 2060, which is the only recognized international standard for carbon neutrality. In 2022, the resort will be carbon neutral for Scope 1, Scope 2, and a portion of Scope 3 emissions. According to the GHG Protocol, Scope 1 includes all direct carbon emissions from sources such as propane, gasoline, diesel, and refrigerants. Scope 2 covers electricity consumption. The resort is currently working toward having complete data needed to achieve carbon neutrality for all relevant Scope 3 categories, including emissions from its supply chain.
- Carbon Neutrality Fee
- Effective for new bookings starting March 1, 2022
- Fee: $1.38 per occupied room night
- The Carbon Neutrality Fee fee will be allocated to the following scopes:
- Scope 1 – includes all direct and indirect CO2 emissions from sources such as fuel combustion, propane, gasoline, diesel and refrigerant
- Scope 2 – includes purchased energy, electricity consumption, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the operation of resort
- Scope 3 – Covers emissions from supply and logistics chain and production waste
Supporting our environment
Choices that keep Hawaii green
At ʻAlohilani Resort Waikiki Beach, we are dedicated to preserving Hawaii’s delicate eco-system by exploring and implementing on-property initiatives to support the sustainability of our beautiful state. Through the ongoing efforts of our partners, associates, and guests, raising awareness and taking on these initiatives together have taken us one-step closer to making a positive impact in the environment for many generations to come.
- Partnership with Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative (HLRI), a non-profit organization committed to returning the indigenous koa, milo and sandalwood trees back to the Hawaiian Islands.
- ‘Alohilani has pledged a commitment to plant 100,000 trees with HLRI. By staying at ‘Alohilani, guests can contribute to these efforts.
- Tree Fee
In honor of Queen Lili’uokalani and her legacy of preserving Hawaii’s natural beauty, ‘Alohilani Resort is proud to partner with Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative (HLRI) to plant 100,000 indigenous trees. Through this partnership, ‘Alohilani Resort is helping to return treasured native trees to the Big Island of Hawaii and 500 acres on Oahu’s north shore. Guests are invited to take part in this effort with a $5 “tree fee” towards this effort. Please inform our front desk if your preference is to opt-out of this contribution.
- Our Green Housekeeping Initiative invites guests to indicate if they wish to reuse towels, thereby reducing the use of energy and water.
- Low-flow aerators throughout the resort, reducing excess water usage.
- Linen-less tables for meetings and events.
- Our irrigation system have been upgraded with timers to ensure early morning watering and modified with the seasons throughout the year.
- Our landscaping associates plant native and drought-tolerant plants surrounding the property.
- Innovative uses throughout the resort achieve a significant impact. At our Oceanarium, for example, using a variable speed control on the main pump allows for an energy savings of 30-40 percent.
- With LED lighting and a focus on recycling, we achieve a reduction in waste and energy use throughout our resort.
- We made several Energy Star® rated equipment upgrades for more efficient and energy-saving for the hotel’s main cooling systems.
- Participate in official Energy Audits to identify performance and areas of opportunity
Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose
- We proudly participate in “Clean The World®” program. By recycling our bath products, unused portions are repurposed and sent to developing countries.
- As of 2020, we discontinued single use plastics throughout the property.
- Recycling program implemented for recyclable plastics and other materials
- In 2022 bulk dispensers for bath amenities will be available in guest rooms reducing the dependency on individual plastic bottles.
- Logo guest room keys can be repurposed as a souvenir luggage tag.
- Refillable water stations available for guests in resort lobby reducing the amount of individual plastic disposable bottled water use.
Digital Initiatives for Paper Reduction
- Electronic text messaging available for staff to communicate hotel information to guests directly during their stay.
- COVID-19 and Safety measures and hotel updates are easily accessible on hotel website.
- Digital hotel directory and reference is available on guest room in-room television.
- Digital signage is installed throughout the property.
- Our restaurants and catering department compost food items. The take-out packaging from our restaurants is either sustainable, compostable or made from recycled materials. In addition, we recycle our fryer oil to keep it from finding its way into our water system.
- When possible, our chefs prioritize the purchase of local ingredients in support of Hawai’i’s farmers.
- Partnership with Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water:
- Waiakea Volcanic water originates in Hawaii through both snow melt and rain on the pristine summit of the active Mauna Loa volcano, one of the purest environments on earth. Water is filtered through porous volcanic rock, natural electrolytes and minerals, naturally alkaline.
- 393 Million gal/day Source sustainable yield certified carbon neutral supply chain
- 100% non-virgin plastic refillable bottles
- Two Electronic Vehicle charging stations available in guest parking garage
- Discounted bus pass program available for associates
Education and Programs
- We partner with Hawaii Energy who helps businesses with energy-saving programs
- We are proud of our onsite GREEN Team which is an active committee of associates who lead the property in finding sustainability opportunities.
- Participation in the Strategic Energy Management Program (SEM).