Turkish independent hotel group The Stay Hotels has been awarded carbon-neutral status by the sustainability specialist Bureau Veritas.
The certification marks a big step forward for the independent hotel group’s sustainability philosophy as the group aims to be zero waste by the end of this year.
The Stay Hotels engaged with Bureau Veritas to evaluate its adherence to the general requirements of ISO 14064-1, the international standard for greenhouse gas verification.
The Istanbul-based group underwent a thorough audit of its operation and has invested in domestic and green-energy projects locally and globally to counter any greenhouse gases produced. The Stay Hotels is working with a provider of brown sugar-cane straws, which will be introduced across all its properties from summer 2022.
The Stay Hotels operates four properties, with a total of more than 100 guest rooms, in Istanbul and Alacati. To achieve certification, the group met three strict criteria, which it will now implement each year:
- Measuring total carbon emissions over the consumption plan of the group’s four hotels, headquarters and other venues and vehicles;
- Investing in and supporting projects approved by international certification systems, including Gold Standard and IREC;
- Undergoing an audit by an internationally recognised institution.
“We are very happy to be a carbon-neutral hotel group,” said The Stay Hotels’ managing partner Ali Ispahani, who added the group would continue offsetting emissions and to investing both in Turkey and internationally.