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Sustainability at Coral Reef Group

CSR, Sustainability & Solar Energy

CSR:

At Coral Reef Hotel and Resort we are passionate about caring for the local community and the environment. These are the main themes at the heart of our CSR:
  • We strive to alleviate pressure on natural resources by reducing energy, paper and water consumption in our hotel. We have also implemented actions to optimise waste management.
  • We are committed to offering a quality and authentic culinary experience to our guests while fighting against food waste and water waste. Among our selected suppliers are small farms or local businesses that adopt a sustainable model for their agriculture and packaging. 
  • We strive to prevent the use of plastic or to use as little plastic as possible. When a sustainable alternative is not available, we choose recycling practices.
  • We choose and work with partners who share sustainability and ethical values without compromising on the quality of their products and services.

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SUSTAINABILITY:

SUSTAINABILITY & COMMUNITY-BASED INITIATIVES AT CORAL REEF
 

Coral Reef Hotel & Resort is grounded in the ethos of green living and equal opportunities for the resident community at large in Havelock & Portblair. We foster an inclusive way of life and nurture our environment responsibly. While we are still in our infancy to achieve an ecologically responsible business model, we aspire to be early change makers and pave way for a healthy ecosystem that rightfully belongs to our current and future generations. Each of our purposeful, primary efforts is dedicated to achieving this vision by being conscious change-makers in the global community.

 
OUR CORE SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS PRACTICES AND INITIATIVES INCLUDE

• A focused collaboration with our supplier chain and business associates to innovate and minimize the impact on the environment by conserving natural resources, minimizing waste and pollution in addition to monitoring and measuring key environmental factors.
• An increased level of commitment amongst our stakeholders -our employees, guests and the local community through educational workshops, awareness and active implementation.
• A solar system installed to supply 40% of the required energy.
• An in-house Kitchen Waste Water Treatment Facility
• Rainwater harvesting
• Hands-on practical training on sustainable practices to enhance employee awareness and understanding
• Plastic-free hotel, we use glass bottled waters across our guest areas
• In an effort to decrease the carbon footprint, our chefs source local and seasonal produce directly from farmers and local markets.
• Timely beach cleaning with designated dustbins
• Lush tree and foliage cover to improve the quality of oxygen
• Employment of women from the neighbourhood for gardening and utility work
• Maximum use of LED lighting
• Paper bags available for guest takeaways at the restaurant and reception
• Environmentally friendly guest activities including bicycles, volunteering, art, gardening etc.
• Full compliance with the A & N Island Pollution Control Board on all environmental parameters

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SOLAR ENERGY:
Coral Reef, where sustainability meets luxury! At our resort, we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and embracing renewable energy solutions. One significant step towards this goal is the integration of solar energy into our operations.
 
SOLAR DETAILS:
Our resort boasts a robust solar energy infrastructure, consisting of 120 solar panels with a total capacity of 60 kW. This system allows us to harness the abundant power of the sun, generating an impressive monthly capacity of 5000-5500 kWh.
 
SUSTAINABILITY IMPACT:
The adoption of solar energy aligns perfectly with our commitment to sustainability. Not only does our solar setup significantly reduce our reliance on traditional energy sources, but it also contributes to a healthier environment in several impactful ways:

1. Coal Savings: By harnessing solar power equivalent to 70% of our total energy demand, we are saving approximately 1 tonne of coal every month. This reduction in coal usage translates to a substantial decrease in carbon emissions and environmental degradation associated with coal mining and combustion.

2. CO2 Emission Reduction: With our solar energy infrastructure in place, we are proud to mitigate approximately 2.5 tonnes of CO2 emissions monthly. This reduction in greenhouse gas emissions helps combat climate change and preserves the planet for future generations.

3. Tree Planting Equivalent: In addition to reducing carbon emissions, our solar initiative is akin to planting 175 trees every month. This symbolic representation underscores our commitment to environmental stewardship and biodiversity conservation.
 
FUTURE VISION:
At Coral Reef, we believe in continuous improvement and innovation. Our vision extends beyond our current solar setup, as we aspire to expand and enhance our renewable energy infrastructure further. By increasing our reliance on renewable energy sources, we aim to achieve complete self-sustainability in the near future.
 
In the Andaman Islands, where electricity shortages are a common challenge, the importance of solar energy cannot be overstated. As a renewable and sustainable power source, solar energy offers a reliable solution to the region's energy constraints, reducing dependency on conventional power grids and minimising environmental impact. Coral Reef Hotel & Resort leads the way in this green initiative as the first hotel chain in the Andaman Islands to implement solar energy. By sourcing 50% of its electricity output from solar panels, the resort demonstrates a strong commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship. This pioneering move not only ensures a consistent power supply for the resort's operations but also sets a benchmark for eco-friendly practices in the hospitality industry.

As you enjoy your stay at Coral Reef, rest assured that your comfort and enjoyment are not at the expense of the environment. Through our solar energy initiatives and sustainable practices, we are redefining luxury hospitality while preserving the natural beauty that surrounds us. Thank you for choosing Coral Reef Hotel & Resort, where sustainability and indulgence seamlessly coexist.