Crowne Plaza Dubai
MEIKO helps Dubai hotel meet sustainability targets
Next door to the Dubai Festival Centre shopping mall, close to the city’s business district and situated on a bend on the Dubai Creek waterway giving wonderful views over the city, The Intercontinental Hotel Group’s Crowne Plaza Hotel features 316 designer rooms and suites, plus two restaurants and a Belgian beer café.
The Crowne Plaza is a member of IHG’s ‘Green Engage’ campaign, a massive worldwide effort by the Group to improve the sustainability of its estate. With more than 656,000 rooms in over 4,400 hotels in 100 countries and territories around the world, the Green Engage campaign monitors energy, water and waste usage of individual hotels while providing recommended actions to improve the property’s energy conservation and carbon footprint score.
Achievements during 2012 included exceeding a three-year target (2010-2012) to reduce energy consumption per available room by between six and 10% in the managed and owned estate, with an achieved reduction of 11.7%.
The carbon foot-print in owned and managed hotels was reduced by 19% per occupied room; over the entire Group, the reduction in global carbon footprint was 76,000 metric tonnes in a year! Green Engage covers all aspects of hotel management from lighting to bio-friendly cleaning materials and…dishwashing.
With such a strong and determined focus on sustainability, MEIKO’s M-iQ was the obvious choice for the new dishwash area in the Hotel’s Zaytoun Restaurant, which offers Mediterranean-themed all-day dining to over 200 covers.
“A lot of hotels are looking to upgrade their current technology and the M-iQ offers a fantastic return on the investment,”
said Hilary Barreto, Operations & Commercial Manager of MEIKO partner Elenco General Trading, which carried out the installation of the M-iQ.
“With a 30% saving on water, electricity and chemicals, the owner can save approximately AED 25,000 (US $6800) per year when the machine is operated on a six to eight-hour shift cycle. The M-iQ can also reduce chemical consumption by up to 50% because of the use of modern filtration technology, while a new airflow system reduces exhaust air volume by upwards of 90%, removing the need for conventional extraction.”
Director of Engineering at the Crowne Plaza. Mohamed Zeid, added: “At an operation level, the cleaning quality of the M-iQ is also better which is important in terms of delivering a great guest service, while efficiency is increased by the dishes coming out dry, which saves on the need for an additional process. So far the machine has been quite heavily used over the last seven months and has had no breakdowns, so we’re very pleased.”