Sani Resort has lengthy been prioritizing sustainability however it’s over the previous 12 months that the resort has actually ramped up its efforts in a bid to grow to be Greece’s first zero carbon resort.
“I consider the urgency of appearing on local weather change, biodiversity loss and plastic air pollution has all been felt much more acutely for the reason that pandemic,” says Eleni Andreadis, the director of sustainability for Sani Resort in Halkidiki, northern Greece. “The previous 12 months has actually pushed house the message that we are able to’t lead wholesome lives on an ailing planet. We’re actually seeing all stakeholders, visitors, area people, shareholders, banks – bolstered by the EU Inexperienced Deal too – getting behind this sentiment greater than ever”
Sani Resort, which encompasses Sani Marina and 5 particular person five-star inns, is situated inside a 1,000-acre forested eco-reserve. This space of environmental significance contains seven kilometers of sandy seashores, greater than 20km of forest trails and 270 acres of wetlands house to over 225 species of, many uncommon and endangered, birds.
“It’s a privilege to host our 5 inns and marina right here and an obligation, which defines our tradition and approach of doing enterprise, in operating our inns sustainably with initiatives akin to having 100% renewable electrical energy, being carbon impartial and aiming to be zero plastic, in addition to forming partnerships to guard this nature,” says Andreadis.
Partnerships right here embody a decade-old cooperation to guard the Sani Wetlands with Birdlife Worldwide companions, the Hellenic Ornithological Society, and iSea, the marine conservation group that combats plastic air pollution and paperwork the marine mammal species within the space.
Biggest sustainability achievements so far
Sani Resort now runs on 100% green-powered electrical energy, which saved 12,500 tonnes of carbon in 2019 alone, and 2020 was its first carbon-neutral 12 months. As a part of its Zero Carbon Footprint initiative, the location has drastically elevated its renewable native power capability, whereas slicing down on carbon emissions.
The resort has managed to scale back its single-use plastic by over 80% within the final eight years, it’s utilizing 48% much less water per visitor than in 2016 and yearly recycles greater than 300 tonnes of waste. Over 60% of the resorts’ produce is sourced from inside 100 miles.
“Sustainability isn’t just about resort operations both. It is usually about specializing in native outreach and supporting our communities,” provides Andreadis, explaining how Sani Resort helps the local people by way of initiatives together with outfitting a neighborhood paediatric trauma unit and providing scholarships to native farmers in order that they’ll achieve experience to farm in a extra sustainable approach.
“We’re so pleased with these achievements,” says Andreadis. “In 2020 we had been awarded the World’s Main Luxurious Inexperienced Resort accolade on the World Journey Awards, which was an actual testomony to our on-going efforts.”
Transferring on from a difficult 12 months
Whereas the previous 12 months has offered unprecedented challenges, Sani Resort has continued to push on with its sustainability applications.
“The one initiative that was set again was our plan to get rid of single-use plastic,” explains Andreadis. “Attributable to COVID-19 laws, we had been obliged to make use of a large amount of disposable single-use plastic in objects akin to gloves and surgical masks. We’ve now had extra time to discover how we are able to keep the identical degree of security in a extra sustainable approach.”
Regardless of the pandemic largely bringing tourism world wide to a halt, the resort was in a position to open for a interval of the summer season, partnering with well being and disinfection consultants to realize a fully-tested and secure atmosphere, whereas additionally pushing forward with its bold carbon neutrality plans.
“The Zero Carbon Footprint mission is a four-year journey and multi-faceted initiative,” says Andreadis. “We’re already powered by 100% renewable power for our electrical energy and we offset the remainder of our carbon footprint as a way to attain carbon impartial standing. What we’re working in the direction of now could be lowering our power use, in order that the remaining half that we offset is minimized, whereas additionally increase our renewable power capability. We’re additionally trying into growing our personal offsetting mission within the Sani wetlands, in order that any remaining offsetting we have to have interaction in, akin to for airport transfers for visitors, will fund measures to assist the native biodiversity.”
As soon as journey opens up, you possibly can expertise the atmosphere surrounding Sani Resort by way of forest walks, crusing journeys and scuba diving excursions, chicken watching excursions and programs with the Bear Grylls Survival Academy, whereas based mostly at Sani Beach, Sani Club, Sani Asterias, Porto Sani or Sani Dunes.