March 19, 2009 (LBO) – Sri Lankan hotels stand to make financial gains by adopting cleaner production methods if done in a systematic manner, the head of the hotel trade body has said. Srilal Miththapala, president of the Tourist Hotels Association of Sri Lanka, said many hotels have embarked on some form of energy conservation and energy auditing, but so far it has been mostly limited to reduction of electricity.
No methodical and analytical approach has been made in a comprehensive manner to study entire processes, usage of raw materials, and wastage, he told a seminar on cleaner production demonstration projects for hotels organized by the National Cleaner Production Centre.
“Hotels have been perennially stereotyped as energy ‘guzzlers’ and ‘wasters’,” Miththapala said.
The total hotel load is estimated to be about six percent of the total demand of the national grid.
“Energy costs of a typical hotel will range around 20-25 percent of its total operational expenses, up from 13-14 percent a few years ago,” Miththapala said.
Tourism facilities hold tremendous scope to adopt environmentally responsible practices and to develop in a more sustainable manner.