In response to South Africa’s current environmental climate and the far reaching effects of the water crisis more hotels are adopting green practices. 

In an interview with eNCA, Professor Anthony Turton, A University of the Free State (UFC) water strategist stated that South Africa’s water crisis is far from over, in response to news like this more hotel owners are implementing programmes that save water, save energy and reduce solid waste.

While Turton urges the South African government to make some needed structural and financial adjustments to alleviate the economic strain of the water crisis, John J Coetzee, CEO at Green Worx Cleaning Solutions, believes that some responsibility also falls on citizens and facility and hospitality managers.

Working with the environment

“We must create and sustain a world in which we are working with the environment, rather than against it. The travel and hospitality industries play a key role in how people from around the world come to see and understand the possibilities of green living,” Coetzee says.

He notes that buildings that are built green must be properly maintained to remain green. Simply building with green products does not guarantee that a green star rated building will remain green. Careful and conscious eco-friendly maintenance is required. Hospitality managers need to investigate how their buildings are being maintained. Green buildings need to be managed and maintained with cleaning products that save water, save energy and reduce solid waste.

Making a conscious and concerted effort

Coetzee continues: “Being a ‘green’ hotel means far more than just asking guests not to have their towels washed every day. It is about a conscious and concerted effort to make sure that each and every part of your facility management is in line with managing and maintaining an eco-friendly environment for all.”

“Building, managing and maintaining a green facility in the hospitality sector is not only our duty to the world and its inhabitants, but it also helps the successfulness of our businesses as we reduce costs and increase desirability amongst the sustainability conscious millennials,” he concludes.