EAGLE BEACH, Aruba — Aruba’s Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort has just become the first hotel in the Caribbean to achieve carbon neutrality. To be certified as CarbonNeutral®, a critical element in the resort’s comprehensive sustainability program, the certification follows the CarbonNeutral Protocol and was officially made on August 28, 2018.
What does CarbonNeutral® mean?
CarbonNeutral® is a global standard awarded to businesses that have reduced their (CO2) greenhouse gas emissions, which trap heat in the atmosphere, to net zero.
“Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort has set the benchmark high with its sustainability program and we’re delighted that CarbonNeutral® certification has been added to its achievements, demonstrating the commitment to net zero emissions that leading businesses throughout the world are achieving,” said Saskia Feast, VP Western Region, Natural Capital Partners.
What does being CarbonNeutral® mean for Bucuti’s guests?
Providing a net zero carbon emissions experience means Bucuti’s guests leave no footprint, but do leave with a memorable, guilt-free vacation.
Bucuti & Tara’s mission is to achieve lasting results for both its guests and conservation. Bucuti & Tara has now proven that carbon neutrality and a memorable vacation are mutually inclusive.
The Path to CarbonNeutral®
Over the years, the resort’s Green Team made substantial investments to accomplish extensive emission reductions within its operation. Multiple initiatives led to the maximum carbon emission reductions within the resort. The small remaining gap is offset with carbon credits through its local wind farm.
Initiatives span the simple to the complex with every resort service being scrutinized and improved upon. Gifting every guest with a reusable water canteen resulted in keeping 290,000 single-use plastic water bottles annually from landing in Aruba’s landfill. Offering healthier portions provided guests with more sensible – and desirable – serving sizes, with a byproduct of reducing food waste by 30 percent. The resort installed the island’s largest solar panel system – the maximum allowed by government.
Bucuti is committed to following the CarbonNeutral® Protocol, the leading framework for achieving carbon neutrality worldwide. Through the carbon neutrality certification process, it worked with SCS Global Services (formerly Scientific Certifications Systems) to verify the emissions of resort operations and Natural Capital Partners, carbon offset experts in the delivery of solutions for positive impact on carbon, renewable energy, biodiversity and water.
The Caribbean’s Eco-pioneer
Ewald Biemans, owner and CEO of Bucuti and passionate environmentalist, has steadfastly woven sustainable practices throughout the resort’s policies and culture since opening in 1987. Recognized as the Caribbean’s most eco-certified resort, Bucuti was the first ISO 14001 certified hotel in the Americas, the first in the Caribbean to achieve LEED Silver certification and has been named the World’s Most Sustainable Hotel by Green Globe.
Why invest to be CarbonNeutral®?
Earth’s temperatures continue to soar, and sea levels are rising threatening coastal communities worldwide such as sea-level Aruba. Bucuti recognizes that human-driven climate change is a global issue every person, business and organization, has a responsibility to change.
“Our guests have chosen Aruba for our naturally beautiful beaches, stunning turquoise waters and the happy, healthy island community. We must protect and preserve our environment on a meaningful level to deliver this experience in the future,” Biemans said. “I believe the hard work, passion and dedication of our sustainability team to achieve carbon neutrality will inspire others to consider similar action.”