Turkey: Independent hotel group The Stay Hotels has been awarded carbon-neutral states by certification company Bureau Veritas.
Stay Hotels reached out to Bureau Veritas for evaluation of the group’s adherence to ISO 14064-1 – an international standard for greenhouse gas verification.
Across its four properties in Istanbul and Alacati, Stay Hotels had to meet three criteria:
• Measuring the total carbon emission over the consumption plan of the group’s commercial properties, 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 recognition institution
Stay Hotels has invested in domestic and green-energy projects locally and globally to counter any greenhouse gases produced. The group also works with suppliers such as a provider of brown sugar-cane straws, which will be introduced across the portfolio from summer 2022.
As part of the audit, Stay Hotels will now implement the three criteria points each year.
Managing partner, Ali Ispahani, said: “We are very happy to be a carbon-neutral hotel group. This process will continue to contribute to the world and the future as we implement these stages every year, by offsetting emissions and continuing to invest at home and across the world.”
The Stay Hotels also aims to be zero waste by the end of this year.