Dubai Tourism announces sustainability program for all Dubai hotels

Dubai Sustainable Tourism initiative will require all hotels to develop sustainability plans, use energy management solutions

The DST initiative will help promote energy conservation and environmentally sustainable practices, says Lootah.
The DST initiative will help promote energy conservation and environmentally sustainable practices, says Lootah.

Dubai has announced a new initiative to ensure hotels in the Emirate follow sustainable practices.

The Dubai Sustainable Tourism (DST) initiative, which has been launched by the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism), is a comprehensive program of regulation that will apply to all sizes of establishment.

The DST includes 19 sustainability requirements, including the development of sustainability plans across multiple areas, use of building management systems to optimise energy efficiency, and tracking of carbon emissions.

Dubai Tourism said that the initiative maps out regulations for all classifications of hotels to follow in order to support positive change within the industry.

Under the initiative, hotel establishments will be expected to create a written sustainability policy, with objectives and plans for continuous improvement. Hotels will also be expected to create detailed plans for energy management, water management, waste management and purchasing management with separate objectives and targets for each.

Hotels must deploy building management systems that optimize lighting and air conditioning in guest rooms and public areas based on occupancy; and must comply with the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy regulations, guidelines and directives.

Establishments must also appoint trained and certified sustainability champions and sustainability committees; conduct regular employee awareness and training related to specific areas of operations.

Hotels will also conduct programs to raise awareness and engagement among guests, including encouraging guests to use clean or resource efficient transportation; and offering green services for meetings and events that are hosted at their facilities.

Hotels will also be expected to support social and community initiatives in sustainability and environmental conservation.

Dubai hotels are already required to use the DST Carbon Calculator to track carbon emissions from factors such as electricity, cooling energy, water, petrol in generators, petrol in vehicles, diesel in vehicles, diesel in generators, refrigerants, refillable CO2 gas in fire extinguishers, LPG, and waste sent to landfill.

The program will have an 18-month progressive implementation period, after which Dubai Tousim will being auditing hotels for compliance. The use of Carbon Calculator tool is already mandatory.

Yousuf Lootah, Executive Director – Tourism Development & Investments, Dubai Tourism, said: “As part of the efforts to transform Dubai into a leading sustainable tourism destination in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, 19 Sustainability Requirements for hotel establishments across various classifications have been launched by Dubai Tourism under the Dubai Sustainable Tourism initiative.

“The regulated guidelines will help promote energy conservation and efficiency, as well as encourage environmentally sustainable practices across the local tourism inventory. Dubai Tourism has already hosted a number of sessions to train the industry on the newly launched sustainability requirements, supporting hotel establishments in improving their internal operations and giving them the opportunity to grow as green leaders within the community. Following the grace period, these guidelines will be enforced through a structured monitoring process and reporting mechanism to ascertain the outcome of the existing efforts and to quantify what more is required to reach the agreed targets.”

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