The Peninsula All-Suite Hotel, the Cape’s premier time-share destination, was recognised for its efforts to utilise energy responsibly when it was presented with Cape Town’s Energy Efficiency Forum Award in a ceremony on Wednesday, 19 November.
The Energy Efficiency Forum (EEF) was founded by the City of Cape Town, Eskom & the South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA), and is co-funded by Old Mutual. The EEF awarded the accolade (in the Large Building category) to the Hotel based on its concerted implementation of interventions that have resulted in substantial reductions in energy consumption.
As one of over 1 000 registered members, The Peninsula showed comprehensive evidence of its successful efforts to enact positive change and increased awareness across operational, technological and behavioural areas over the past two years. In addition, the Hotel presented promising plans for sustaining and improving on this success going forward.
Every part of the building – from the kitchen and laundry areas to the guest rooms and restaurant – was targeted in these efforts, with all members of staff as well as guests being educated to continually increase awareness and enhance energy-efficient practices.
At the helm of these efforts, the Green Team Committee (comprised of the Property Manager, General Manager and nine representatives from the Hotel’s various departments) implemented and monitored efforts that spanned lighting; heating, ventilation & air-conditioning; hot water optimisation; building management systems; and process optimisation.
Among others, energy-saving and motion-sensitive lights and lamps were installed throughout the hotel, OTEK ozone dosing systems and cold wash utilised for washing machines, and new, more effective heat pumps installed to heat Jacuzzi and swimming pool water.