On January 8, 2015, The Peninsula Tokyo continued its position as Japan’s leading hotel in sustainable luxury by attaining its internationally recognized EarthCheck Silver Certified status for its management systems and practices in support of energy conservation and sustainable property management. The achievement follows on from the hotel’s garnering of Bronze Certified status last year.
Headquartered in Queensland, Australia, EarthCheck is a specialist organization that assists businesses, communities and governments in their efforts to protect and enhance the environmental, economic and social sustainability of their tourism initiatives. In presenting the certification, founder and CEO, Stewart Moore, announced, “The Peninsula Tokyo is the first luxury hotel in Japan to benchmark and certify through the EarthCheck program. In doing so, it is measuring its performance against best practices and making positive changes to reduce its environmental and social impact.”
At center left, Hotel Manager Mark J. Choon is presented with Silver Certification by EarthCheck CEO Stewart Moore in the lobby of The Peninsula Tokyo. The two are flanked by General Manager Malcolm Thompson at far left, and other members of the hotel’s EarthCheck project committee.
A dedicated team at The Peninsula Tokyo worked together with EarthCheck for six months to provide data and information on its practices in order to be benchmarked against EarthCheck’s standards to qualify for Silver Certification. The benchmarking data addressed a range of issues, including environmental impact, occupational health and safety, risk management and corporate social reporting. EarthCheck’s three-tiered rating of Bronze, Silver and Gold status is premised on the belief that effective benchmarking over time puts rigor and transparency into business processes, benefitting all stakeholders for the long term.
Hotel Manager Mark J. Choon commented, “The Peninsula Tokyo aspires to deliver the highest standard of luxury in a sustainable way. We are honored and proud to achieve such recognition, as it reflects our staff’s commitment to taking action for constant improvement. EarthCheck’s benchmarking allows us to measure ourselves against global industry standards, a valuable resource that gives pointers on where we do well, and where we can do more.” One initiative taken by The Peninsula Tokyo is the introduction of a silica filtration system to the hotel’s cooling tower. The silica particles, recovered from indigenous volcanic rock, enabled the conservation of more than 1,000 cubic meters, or 5,300 bathtubs’ worth, of water over the course of one year.
Sustainable luxury is a way of life for The Peninsula Hotels and other properties in The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited (HSH) portfolio. The certification of The Peninsula Tokyo follows the 2014 launch of HSH’s Sustainable Luxury Vision 2020, a blueprint for a new, holistic paradigm that puts sustainability at the heart of the global hospitality group’s business model by documenting more than 50 economic, social and environmental goals it is committed to achieve by 2020. Its aim is to provide a structured framework for the trends that will affect the industry’s future over the long term.
To achieve EarthCheck Silver Certification, a business is required to have a sustainable policy in place and to implement an environmental action plan for proper monitoring and measurements on ten key performance areas: greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency/conservation, freshwater and stormwater resources, ecosystem conservation, social and cultural policies, land use planning and management, air quality and noise control, wastewater management, solid waste management and environmentally harmful substances. The Peninsula Tokyo will continue to enhance its measures for environmental responsibility and social sustainability on both the management and operational fronts, while maintaining the genuine comfort of the guest experience.