Orhideea Residence & Spa signs landmark agreement with ALLCOT

Orhideea Residence & Spa, the largest aparthotel and spa in Bucharest has signed a two year agreement with ALLCOT to measure and offset its annual carbon emissions.

In 2014, it was responsible for generating 418 tCO2e (metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent), mainly from heating and electricity consumption.

Measuring its footprint and offsetting its unavoidable greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is a part of its wider sustainability strategy, which has already involved the replacement of incandescent lightbulbs with lowenergy LED units; improved waste sorting and reduced paper usage.

Together, these actions make it one of Romania’s leading sustainable hotel and spa complexes, with 15kg tCO2e per night, which is less than half the Romanian national average of CO2 emissions for hotels.

“This CO2 emissions reduction target is a part of our policy to increase our guests’ comfort. Orhideea Residence & Spa is the largest aparthotel and spa in Bucharest. The smallest apartment is around 100 sqm and the largest more than 300 sqm. For responsible guests, the sheer size of these rooms can be intellectually uncomfortable. However, when you know that your business or holiday-related carbon footprint was offset by the hotel in collaboration with ALLCOT, then your stay at our hotel becomes more attractive. Therefore, I choose to invest in sustainability through ALLCOT and offset carbon emissions from Orhideea Residence & Spa to help guests think deeply about preserving our planet. The ALLCOT sustainability program inspired me to follow their lead and make our hotel sustainable,” says Dragos Penca, Executive Director at Orhideea Residence & Spa.

The project chosen by Orhideea Residence & Spa to offset its unavoidable GHG emissions is an Amazonian forestry project that protects standing forest and the indigenous flora and fauna.

The carbon zero emissions strategy of Orhideea Residence & Spa has been implemented in Romania with the help of Carbon Expert, which is an official ALLCOT partner for Eastern Europe.

“As partners of a global company, I see the negative impact that pollution and emissions cause. Ultimately business owners have two options: do the right thing or ignore the obvious. With melting ice caps, terrible droughts, and lack of ownership in keeping our planet pure, we have decided to promote ALLCOT sustainability projects to reduce CO2 emissions in this part of Europe. I am glad that Orhideea Residence & Spa has chosen to act responsibly to neutralize their emissions and I hope other responsible hotels and companies will follow”, says Casiana Fometescu, Carbon Expert.

“ALLCOT is delighted to be partnering with Orhideea Residence and Spa on their sustainability journey that is targeting zero emissions with reduced operational costs. Entering the Romanian market is a clear strategic objective of ours, so this collaboration is very exciting for us to be involved with.’’ Alexis Leroy, CEO, ALLCOT.

About Orhideea Residence & Spa

Orhideea Residence & Spa is the largest aparthotel and spa complex in Bucharest, offering 80 fully equipped 1 or 2 bedroom luxury apartments with living rooms, kitchens and balcony, ranging in size from 93m2 to 316m2 per apartment. The spa itself covers more than 3000m2 and includes a full suite of treatments including a hammam, sauna and swimming pools. For more information about Orhideea Residence and Spa, contact Roxana Visan, Hotel Manager, roxana.visan@orhideeaspa.ro

About ALLCOT

Created in 2009, ALLCOT is a company specializing in end to end sustainability solutions for businesses of all sizes.

For more information about how ALLCOT can make your business sustainable, attract new customers and save money,contact Grattan MacGiffin, Chief Commercial Officer gmg@allcot.com.

About Carbon Expert

Carbon Expert is an independent consultant based in Eastern Europe, specialising in the CO2 emissions and international voluntary carbon markets. For more information about Carbon Expert, contact Casiana Fometescu. about Carbon Expert, contact Casiana Fometescu, casiana@carbonexpert.ro

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