We have our own Eco Standards system
What do we mean by the term ECO – Development of our own Eco Standards system to measure each of our properties. We have over 20 years of experience
The term ECO has been bandied about for over 20 years with many 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 so guests know exactly what we mean.
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 international eco certification (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 57 measurements of many aspects the Six Pillars with a possible score of 30,000 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 are compared against an internationally acclaimed eco lodge in Australia, Lady Elliot Eco Resort. Any hotel can enter this system with the aim of improving through annual ecological plans. The Rimba and Bajo Lodges have greatly improved their scores after their recent installations of Solar Power system. Bajo has also completed a 1,000,000 litre rain storage system placing it second in the system. 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 150 times less than the average Kuta hotel in Bali. Current scores are as follows: LADY ELLIOT 64.5, KELIMUTTU 53.2, BAJO 44.7, UDAYANA 42.1, RIMBA 36.5, SATWA 35.5 Any score above 30 is considered good; 40 very good and 50 excellent.
Summarising, the Six Pillars are based on measurements for ecological sustainability, eco management practices, partnerships with key stakeholders, training, culture, support of local businesses, employment practices and transparency. We aim to green our workplace practices and cultivate 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 examples of our measurable eco practices are
• areas of conservation in the immediate environment around lodges
• % of solar energy of the total electricity needs – Rimba, Bajo and Kelimutu
• % volume of rainwater (in litres) stored to total water use where possible – Udayana, Bajo, Rimba and Satwa
• % grey water recycled on to the gardens through biological recycling systems – all lodges
• weight of growing organic food (kg) produced.
• % rubbish recycled to total – paper, bottles, cans and clean plastic.
• Presence of special systems e.g. worm farm recycles kitchen and garden waste (Udayana); carbon footprint measurement (Kelimutu).
• 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 .
• Number of Training programs raise awareness of the environment among staff, guests and the wider community.
• % of our staff are local (must be over 90%), thus empowering local people with sustainable jobs founded on the environment
• Our accounts are transparent and a showing over 70% of profit is used for further environmental protection using a recognised accounting system; accounts are audited.