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Mauritius: Resort hotel switches to solar panels for power generation

Mauritius’ leading leisure destination group, LUX Resorts & Hotels, has implemented 130 solar panels and batteries to fully substitute diesel-based power generation for the needs of its Ile des Deux Cocos island resort.

A company statement explained that the 20kWp project’s state-of-the-art design and storage solution will allow for 11 hours of utilisation daily and fulfil self-sufficiency of the property including during the evening.

According to the statement, this project forms part of the group’s Tread Lightly programme, whereby its guests participation supports long-term improvement of the properties’ environmental impacts.

Recent entries in the programme’s compensation portfolio include voluntarily Verified Carbon Standard certified emission reductions from:

  • Producing Green Electricity From Individual Wind Mill Owners in India
  • Supporting Biogas Energy in Eastern Africa

Solar panels project

Commenting on the development, Vishnee Payen, Sustainability & CSR Manager of LUX Resorts & Hotels, said:  “LUX ensures to have Sustainable Development at the core of its strategy and operations.

“The Tread Lightly initiative helps to contribute to local and global goals such as energy efficiency, reduction in carbon emissions, also aligning with the SDGs and COP22 targets.”

Payen added: “We are dependent on the environment and it is our duty to protect it for ourselves and for future generations to come. This can only be achieved through tangible projects implementations and responsible resource consumption.”

Carbon offset

The hospitality company also noted that the project complements the carbon offsetting contribution chanelled to regional CO2 compensation projects portfolio in partnership with Aera Group.

The Group maintains a tailored selection of carbon compensation commitments across Africa and Asia, matching accurate and up-to-date GHG impacts monitoring across destinations to best-in-class corresponding offset projects.

The Group’s advisory manager, Alexandre Dunod, said: “Another mark of leadership in sustainability from LUX, which should inspire the industry in 2017 declared by UN as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

“Environmental responsibility and transparency are growing significantly in the hospitality sector on the way to Paris Agreement implementation and we are proud of being part of such pioneer efforts in the Indian Ocean and beyond.”


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Babalwa Bungane
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