Hotels Need to Take More Serious Action on Sustainability Front
By Herbert Laubichler-Pichler Managing Director, Alma Resort | May 2022
The hotel industry as a whole must take action on the sustainability front. And by action, I mean serious action involving much more than simply encouraging guests to reuse their towels or implementing bamboo straws to label your hotel eco-friendly. Serious action to protect the environment is not only the right thing to do; it really is good for business.
Our 30-hectare beachfront resort Alma is implementing what we believe is Vietnam's most ambitious hotel solar power project yet. Alma will this year install 5634 solar panels totalling 12,500 square metres on the roofs of our 196 pavilions, two V-shaped towers housing 384 suites, lobby lounge, spa, gymnasium and utility building.
With a capacity of 2480 kilowatts peak - the rate at which it generates energy at its peak performance on a sunny day – the solar power system will fuel between a quarter to almost half of Alma's energy needs, depending on occupancy determined by the low and high seasons.
It's estimated this system will save our resort up to USD 16.85 million (VND 390.85 billion) in electricity bills over the next 25 years. That is a staggering amount. And the good news is the system will also reduce Alma's carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by up to 72,670 tonnes over a 25-year period.
Thirty-hectare beachfront resort Alma is implementing what it believes is Vietnam's most ambitious hotel solar power project yet.