Overview

Our Sustainability Commitment

Orhideea Residence & Spa embraces sustainability with Carbon Expert and ALLCOT to measure its carbon footprint and offset its emissions

Global emissions of greenhouse gases have increased to unprecedented levels despite global efforts to reduce them. The third part of the report -and last- reference on Climate Change issued every seven years by the United Nations reveals that the emissions due to human activity of these harmful gases are to blame for global warming and has grown faster between 2000 and 2010 than in any of the previous three decades.

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 light bulbs with low-energy 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.

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


“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”.

              – Dragos Penca, Executive Director at Orhideea Residence & Spa.


Our Sustainability partners

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.