Dr. Marc Drögemöller

Using resources efficiently

The Robinson Club Agadir supports organic and biodynamic agriculture with a ’Jardin Biologique’ or ‘organic garden’ at the very edge of the complex, behind the guest rooms, where there is plenty of space for it. A team of gardeners sews seeds, hoes weeds and harvests the lettuces, herbs and plants that grow both outside and in the greenhouse. All the produce looks fresh and green, and smells healthy and delicious. This green oasis looks like a cross between a market garden and a botanic garden. Signs invite guests to pay a visit, and it is also one of the stops on the Robinson Club’s guided tour. It’s a great way to show guests where their evening salad buffet comes from.

This garden in Morocco is an excellent example of the high environmental and sustainability management standards at the TUI Group hotels and resorts. They focus on the careful use of natural resources, waste separation and recycling, wildlife conservation, sustainable water supply and the use of regenerative energies. The entire holiday process, from bookings to transfers and accommodation, is designed to be as sustainable and eco-friendly as possible with the objective of extending the positive impacts of tourism and minimising the negative effects.

The Robinson Club Agadir takes advantage of the favourable local climate to use innovative technology. On an area of 950 m² it operates one of the largest hotel solar energy systems in Morocco. The solar panels on the rooves generate 2,600 kWh of power every day, covering 70 percent of guest room hot water requirements. The Robinson Club Soma Bay in Egypt, which recently re-opened after a six-month renovation phase, has also had new solar panels fitted for its hot water system.

On the subject of water: plastic waste in our oceans is a massive threat to the environment. To prevent it and reduce the use of plastic bottles, the Robinson Club on the Maldives has introduced a drinking water production system that doesn’t generate any waste. A desalination system that converts sea water into drinking water by osmosis was put into operation back in June 2013. The drinking water it produces has minerals and carbon dioxide added to convert it into soda before it is filled into 7,500 bottles. Since the bottles are also cleaned locally, there is no need to manufacture, transport and dispose of around 400,000 plastic bottles.

Robinson Club Daidalos on the Greek island of Kos has launched a pilot project involving guests - its first two eco-rooms. The rooms have meters fitted showing how much electricity, cold and hot water are used everyday, and how much energy the air-conditioning system consumes. It sensitises guests to ecological issues without preventing them from enjoying a relaxing holiday.

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