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.
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”.
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.
In more recent times, Ecolodges Indonesia has been working with the not-for-profit Sustainable Travel International (STI) on their standard Eco-certification program. STI has reached the minimum international guidelines established by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.
ELI has now made a company ecological standard of measurements based on the Six Pillars with a possible score of 11,800 points including 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, as at Nov 18 2014, are Kelimutu 73.1%, Udayana 59.7%, Rimba 42.40%, Bajo 42.1% and Satwa 40.0%. 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 375 times less than the average Kuta hotel in Bali.
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.
• 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.
• 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.