Heritance Tea Factory walked away with the Best Green Hotel and Energy Conservation Champion Awards at the recently concluded EU-SWITCH Asia Greening Hotels Awards – 2012. The event was organized in conjunction with the prestigious annual CSR Awards of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce to recognize the enhanced environmental performance of the hotels registered with the Project. Greening Sri Lankan Hotels is a European Commission funded project under the Switch-Asia programme targeted at enhancing the environmental performance of Sri Lankan hotels through improvement of energy, water and waste management systems while reducing the cost of operations and increasing the market acceptance that in turn promotes the hotels as ‘low carbon foot print green hotels’.
The Chief Guest at the event was Hon. Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Minister of Environment, while the Guest of Honour was Bernard Savage, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives. The keynote address at the event was delivered by Biren Bhuta, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility TATA Steel India.
Heritance Tea Factory a concept hotel was a 60-year-old dilapidated tea factory that was remodeled and conserved to a hotel. Since it commenced operation in 1996, Heritance Tea Factory has become one of the world’s most unusual places for a holiday where one can truly experience life as it were on a tea estate during the colonial era. The Hotel was re-branded as a ‘Heritance’ property in late 2009 after its complete refurbishment. Recognising that hotel does not stand in isolation but is part of its social and ecological environment, Aitken Spence Hotels sought a name that conveyed its commitment to the local community, its environment as well as to the expectations of discerning guests. Thus: Heritance – a merging of heritage and inheritance was established.
“We have over the years strived hard to improve our conservational practices while offering our guests luxury comforts. Guests and staff are actively encouraged to participate in energy, water and waste reduction. We are extremely proud to be recognized for the initiatives we have made over the years”, said Mr. Roshalal Perera, Executive General Manager, Heritance Tea Factory.
The Hotel has stringent policies on monitoring and recording energy usage which are maintained and audited through internal audits as per the environmental management systems which has been certified for ISO 14001 and Earth Check Silver certification. Heritance Tea Factory pioneered in introducing bio mass energy for the hospitality industry in Sri Lanka. The bio mass gasification plant introduced in 2007 uses a renewable source replacing the usage of depleting imported diesel. The quantity of Carbon Dioxide emitted is drastically reduced while foreign exchanged used to import fuel is saved. Further the community is financially benefited by the providing of wood to the Hotel to be used for the gasifier. All waste water generated by the Hotel is recycled and reused. This helps the Hotel save substantial amount of fresh water consumption. Aitken Spence Hotels has graduated from a “Three R’ to an internally developed “Seven R” recycling and conservation system, where all waste is turned into a resource. All kitchen waste from the property is used to produce bio gas which in turn is used to produce green tea at the Mini Organic Tea Factory, while the residual compost is used for growing organic tea and vegetables.
Heritance Hotels are renowned world over with distinctive and one of a kind architecture that is in sync with its natural surroundings. The brand places great importance on focusing on luxury that can be sustained, with minimum impact on the environment and communities in which they operate in.