Savings from Energy Management Programme
Initiated Four Years Ago
Shareholders and environment benefit in equal measure
|Fri, 19 May 2000 - Saving US$1 million is always
pleasant. Saving US$1 million and at the same time making a significant
contribution to improving the environment is certainly better. This
week these two results are just what the Westin Resort Macau has achieved.
Because this week this delightful 200-room luxury resort passed the US$1
million mark in net savings from the sophisticated energy management programme
it initiated four years ago. And according to its programme partner,
the hotel energy management firm Energy Resources Management, this dollar
saving has also brought with it a phenomenal 7.6 million kilogrammes of
greenhouse gas reduction.
The tourism industry in Macau is not yet fully recovered from a series of setbacks, so it is especially hard for hotels to give their owners a satisfactory return on their investment. Therefore cost savings make a welcome addition to the bottom line of any hotel in this city, a Special Administrative Region of China since December last year. But as the subject of global warming is drawing more and more concern from scientists and decision makers throughout the world, to be able to show others in the hotel industry how to make a real difference on this second front is commendable indeed.
Plenty of hotels use the reverse side of memos to save paper, and take part in an annual beach clean-up or tree planting to help the environment. But how many hotels can claim to have made an overall impact of this magnitude? Hour by hour, the Westin Resort Macau presses on with its programme of continuous improvement - a programme that was in place long before formal schemes like ISO 14002 were ever heard of. Many hotels in Asia look no further than quick-fix technical modifications for energy cost reductions. But the Westin has worked hard to combine the managerial, financial, operational, and behavioural aspects of this discipline called energy management in order first to understand and then to control its total energy consumption profile.
And this continuous improvement does not stop with energy management. This Westin property is still the only hotel in the entire Pearl River Delta (Hong Kong, Macau, Shenzhen, Guangzhou) with its own fully contained sewage treatment plant. Through the efforts of hotel chief engineer Romulo Estrada and his team, the efficiency of this plant has been increased by more than 50 percent in terms of both energy consumption and manpower costs.
The Westin Resort Macau is considered the ideal setting for weekday activities by Hong Kongís corporate meeting planners, and is an absolute favourite with weekend rest-and-recreation seekers. The hotelís stunning location, convenient access, and sophisticated elegance have ensured it a steady flow of return guests since the first day it opened. As well as championship golf, guests can enjoy tennis, squash, two swimming pools, and the Westin Kids Club.
Tel: (852) 2528 2285
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