We have our own Eco Certification system
Conservation, Community and Culture the Heart of our Existence
Ecolodges Indonesia strives to provide a unique eco tourism experience to each of our guests.
Each lodge is dedicated to education and engaging communities in sustainability, the environment, promoting the unique and diverse cultures of the Indonesian people and supporting efforts to protect some of the world’s most endangered species.
What we mean by the term ECO – Development of our own Eco Certification system over 20 years of experience
The term ECO has been bandied about for over 20 years with non ECO establishments trying to capitalise on the growing ecotourism market and get on the band wagon.
We aim to clearly define ECO by measuring it.
Ecolodges Indonesia commenced in 1996 seeking methods to measure and reduce our ecological footprint with the establishment of our first lodge, the Udayana Kingfisher Ecolodge in Bali. Our first international partner was the Environmental Department of The University of Western Sydney who gave us a system based on “Six Pillars of Eco-tourism” (1996 – 1999).
ELI then began a beneficial relationship with Green Globe 21 (2001 – 2010) with the aim of quantifying the “Six Pillar” system to obtain an international Eco certification entailing four years of bench marking (2002 – 2006) of the Udayana Kingfisher Eco Lodge prior to obtaining eco certification. Udayana Kingfisher Ecolodge was the first small hotel in Indonesia to achieve Green Globe Certified status in 2006.
ELI has now made a very tough company ecological standard of measurements based on the Six Pillars with a possible score of 27,050 points including new sections for solar power, use of reverse osmosis to clean dirty water for immediate use and a new Carbon footprint measurement developed by a team from the Governments of Sweden and Indonesia at our Kelimutu Crater Lakes Eco Lodge. Each lodge has an ELI Eco score and has to improve through annual plans. The scores have recently been readjusted downwards due to a comparison to an eco lodge in Australia, which has shown us new and better methods to conserve energy. Any hotel can enter this system with the aim of improving through annual ecological plans. The Rimba Lodge will greatly improve its score after the installation of the Solar Power system in 2015. Kelimutu is the leader due to its low carbon footprint; the lodge was chosen by the Swedish and Indonesian governments to undertake a carbon footprint study for application in Indonesia. Kelimutu’s footprint is more than 30 times less than the average Kuta hotel in Bali. Current scores including two external properties (the Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort on the Barrier Reef and the Bukit Asri Lodge in East Bali) are as follows: LADY ELIIOT 69.1, KELIMUTTU 52.5, UDAYANA 44.5, BAJO 40.7, RIMBA 38.7, SATWA 37.3 and BUKIT ASRI 27.0
Summarising, The Six Pillars based Ecolodges Indonesia Eco score provides international standard benchmarks for our eco friendly business systems, greening our workplace practices and cultivating strong relationships with the local communities where we operate our lodges.
All our Lodges are established as conservation areas; we now protect over 60 ha of land in Indonesia as sanctuaries for birds and animals, native plants and special flowers to encourage butterflies. Some of our eco practices are
• We conserve the immediate environment as it is central for our core business.
• Solar energy for the total electricity needs has been established in two lodges – Rimba and Kelimutu. The system at Rimba is state of the art and is monitored directly from Bali and Australia
• Rainwater is stored for use where possible – Udayana, Bajo, Rimba and Satwa
• All water is recycled on to the gardens through biological recycling systems; growing organic food.
• Rubbish is recycled: paper, bottles, cans and clean plastic.
• A worm farm recycles kitchen and garden waste, Udayana only.
• Chemical cleaners and sprays are kept to a minimum – we use vinegar!
• Solar hot water systems, solar lights and energy saving bulbs help to reduce the use of non renewable
energy; Kelimutu and Satwa are electrically powered by the sun .
• Training programs raise awareness of the environment amongst staff, guests and the wider community.
• 90 – 100% of our staff are local, thus empowering local people with sustainable jobs founded on the environment
• Our accounts are transparent and a percentage of profit is used for further environmental protection.