MITSIS HOTELS’ LIFE, OUR GREEN PROJECT FOR SDG WEEK
Our goal is to maintain a leading role in the hospitality and tourism industry by delivering high-quality services and ensuring a flawless hospitality experience for our guests, all in a sustainable manner. To achieve this, we adopt and implement responsible policies and practices to minimize our ecological footprint and maximise our environmental protection efforts.
Our green philosophy is founded upon our respect, preservation and promotion of the valuable natural resources of our destinations, granting future generations the right to an unspoiled natural environment and cultural heritage, as well as the necessary conditions for their own prosperity.
Mitigating and adapting to climate change are key challenges of the 21st century. At the core of these challenges is the issue of energy –our overall energy consumption and our dependence on fossil fuels. To succeed in limiting global warming, we urgently need to use energy efficiently while simultaneously embracing clean energy sources.
In addition, the discharge of climate-damaging CO2 emissions can be reduced through economical energy consumption. For this reason, we have made it our goal to continuously reduce the energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions of our operations, achieved by recording and assessing our energy sources’ consumptions and machinery efficiency.
Clean water & sanitation
The sixth UN Sustainable Development Goal concerns access to clean water and sanitation for all. However, natural constraints, climate change and the increase of population forecasts will challenge this goal and its interrelation with other targets. In particular, domestic water will increasingly compete with additional water demands essential for the achievement of other goals, including zero hunger and life below water.
Mitsis Hotels has established various water management applications through water resource risk management, improvement and expansion of diverse water sources, and development of pollution prevention techniques to maximise the efficiency of water use throughout the water cycle in our facilities. In 2020, Mitsis Hotels took further steps to regulate the water management framework of our facilities and ensure the reasonable allocation of water resources in response to seasonal consumption changes.
Waste management & recycling
Sustainable waste management is a critical challenge for our industry. We implement rigorous practices and policies to mitigate the negative environmental impacts of waste production, especially given the dependence of environmental sustainability on effective waste management systems.
Mitsis Hotels’ waste management policy is based on the 5 R Waste Hierarchy model (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover, Residual management). We aim to protect the environment and human health by minimising waste generation and optimising the implementation of waste management techniques. We implement a comprehensive recycling program for paper, glass, plastic, aluminium, electric appliances, biowaste, used oils, soaps, inks and toners, in cooperation with certified suppliers. Special recycling bins are also installed on our beaches and our guests are urged to participate in our recycling efforts. All our hotels have been registered in the National Waste Inventory Management e-platform since 2017.
Other environmental policies
Each of our hotel units is a living organisation, operating autonomously and consuming a wide range of products and services from various suppliers, from building materials, mechanical equipment and furniture to kitchen and restaurant equipment, food supplies and stationery. Procurement is vital to Mitsis Hotels’ operation, requiring in-depth research and central agreements to meet the needs of our 17 hotels in the most advantageous, cost-effective and timely manner, according to the Group’s premium quality standards and environmental specifications.
Mitsis Hotels is also undertaking a considerable investment plan for the renovation and refurbishment of the Group’s hotel facilities. Since 2017, major upgrades have been completed across the Group’s portfolio of hotels and resorts, concerning both public and private areas, adding new room types, facilities, amenities and F&B outlets to ensure a comfortable and pleasurable stay for all guests.
All Group practices and decisions are guided by our continuous commitment to global sustainability measures and standards, green growth strategy and local community development philosophy.
Health & Safety
With an acute sense of responsibility to provide a safe workplace to our employees and carefree holidays to our guests, we have established an extensive Health & Safety Policy and are fully committed to its implementation. Procedures covered relate to all services provided in our hotels, including food production, water supplies, pool operations, building safety, maintenance, housekeeping, recreation and kids clubs, concierge services, local activities and more. These procedures have been implemented following all relevant national and European legislation.