The hotel has cut energy costs, the second highest expenditure component after staff, by using Light Emitting Diodes for garden lighting, Compact Fluorescent Lamps in public areas and rooms and fluorescent bulbs in other areas.
"This is equivalent to a reduction in the hotel’s carbon footprint by 21 tonnes," the statement said. "The savings from this initiative can be used to power 25 average Sri Lankan households for an entire year."
The hotel has also installed solar photovoltaic panels with a 3.5 kW capacity, converting solar energy directly into electricity, to charge batteries for night lighting and feed any excess power to the grid via a net metering agreement.
Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara also plans to set up a biogas plant using kitchen garbage as the primary source for the production of biogas.
All wet garbage produced by the hotel will be used and disposed with slurry from the plant used in the hotel premises as manure.“By using resources such as energy and water wisely, minimizing waste, conserving ecosystems and biodiversity, and sourcing locally where ever possible, our hotels are reducing the negative impacts that contribute to climate change,” said Malin Hapugoda, Managing Director, Aitken Spence Hotels.