Sustainability is one of our brand values. We worked hard to achieve this, but as said, hard work pays off and we are pleased to announce our most recent achievement, the Green Key Certification, an internationally recognized standard for sustainable operations. We are also the first boutique hotel in Malta to obtain this accreditation.
The Green Key award is the leading standard for excellence in the field of environmental responsibility and sustainable operation within the tourism industry. This prestigious eco-label represents a commitment by businesses that their premises adhere to the strict criteria set by the Foundation for Environmental Education
Sustainability is one of the hotel’s brand values, something which our Managing Director, Michael Xuereb holds to heart, ‘We are very focused on having an eco-friendly and sustainable operation, where we recognise the realities of climate change, focus on reducing our footprint and being a responsible part of our community. Obtaining Green Key certification was important for us because it demonstrates our commitment to sustainability and also gives us a rigorous standard to adhere to and build processes around. We also hope that, by making this commitment, we will encourage other hotels and hospitality establishments in Malta to pursue a stronger sustainability strategy.’
As part of our Sustainability Plan, we engaged a company called Commerg Solutions to produce a detailed report, indicating the workings of our carbon emissions. This enables us to offset our carbon emissions on an annual basis, which we do through a company called Sustainable Travel Solutions; www.sustainabletravel.org. All funds go towards projects linked to renewables and climate change, amongst others.
Simultaneously, we are looking at ways to reduce emissions and involve our guests in the process. Last year we invested in waste separation bins for all our bedrooms and the restaurant. All our waste is weighed on a daily basis, so that we can track it and look into ways we can improve. We supply the guests with water in refillable glass bottles and also give them the option to buy refillable bottles, to avoid buying single use plastic when they are out and about.
Despite the challenges of being on a small island, we also do our best to source local ingredients for our breakfast menu and, when there are no viable alternatives, we try to stay as close to home as possible.
We are using premium refillable amenities in our guestrooms, to avoid single use plastic, this alone saves around 300 kgs of plastic every year.
We are also trying to involve guests in our drive to reduce our carbon emissions. Our team informs guests about our sustainability practices upon check-in and a set of instructions are kept in each guest room. Future plans include organising activities to engage the guests with the local community, through voluntary initiatives.
International Green Key Director Finn Bolding Thomsen says, ‘We are very pleased to welcome our first boutique hotel in Malta – 19 Rooms – in our certification programme. The team at 19 Rooms has spared no efforts to implement our demanding standards and has proven to have a profound understanding of sustainability. Their decision to join the Green Key programme is very timely, considering the growing demand for sustainable solutions and the pressing environmental issues of our times.’
If you are interested in forming part of Green Key, or would like further information, you may visit their website on www.greenkey.global
Get in touch with us if you are planning to come and visit Malta’s charming capital city, and the 19 Rooms team would love to help you plan your itinerary so that you can get the best out of your holiday.