hotels gain, others spew hot air
on 5th September 2007
The news article is from The Straits Times,
Singapore, 15 September 2007. It is about several hotels in Singapore
“going green”, which means to become more
For example, over at the Grand Hyatt, Singapore's first
plant to produce electricity, steam and chilled water at a hotel is
under construction. Along with the solar panels planned for a new
garden conference room, the plant could slash Hyatt's energy use by a
third and save it $800,000 in bills. At the
Shangri-La, energy use improved over 10 per cent through better work
processes, such as using small ovens to prepare meals on demand, rather
than keeping a large oven fired up all day just to reheat food.
Many more hotels are going green and find that it pays.
However, even though many hotels are trying to go green, Tay Kheng
Soon, architect and promoter of socially and environmentally conscious
architecture in Singapore since the 1970s, commented that the only
energy-efficient hotel in Singapore is the Grand Hyatt.
Lee Eng Lock, general manager of Trane, a US-based energy solutions
firm and an accredited Energy Service Company (ESCO) here said that The
Grand Hyatt sets the bar but there is no reason why others should not
follow suit, with high returns and backed by bank guarantees.
In Singapore, most of the hotels pay attention to water and energy
conservation, according to the Singapore Hotel Association. 'In
the long run, it makes good corporate sense for hotels to go green as
it not only saves the environment but reduces costs,' said the
president of the Singapore Hotel Association Kay Kuok.
We think that hotels are doing the right
thing by becoming more energy-efficient. Even though their initial
reason is perhaps to reduce their electricity bills, they have
unknowingly contributed an effort into saving the environment by
cutting down on their usage of energy. We hope that more hotels can
follow suit because by doing so, not only will they be able to save the
environment, they can also reduce costs and save more money.
in the summary [those in italics] are quoted from the source
Green hotels gain, others spew hot air." Asiaone
– Travel. 12 Dec 2007.