Hotel L'Archipel of Praslin goes green


After two years of research and planning, Hotel L’Archipel on Praslin has confirmed that it has taken the wonderful initiative to ‘Go Green’ at this magnificent property by implementing numerous renewable energy solutions with a positive impact on the environment and in so doing improving guest comfort through joint efforts.

The project has been passionately driven by Louis D’Offay, the managing director of the property, with wonderful support from his team.
Tourism and Culture Minister Alain St Ange has welcomed the initiative undertaken by Hotel L'Archipel to 'Go Green'.

"You have always believed in sustainable tourism because you conceived a tourism establishment that blends in with the environment of our beautiful islands. Now you have taken the step to join the caring partners in the world of tourism to be listed as a hotel meeting the norms so much sought after by the conscientious travellers," said Minister St Ange as he congratulated Mr D'Offay and his team at Hotel L'Archipel.

Pace Seychelles has worked closely with the team at L’Archipel in auditing the energy consumption at the property to prepare a short-, medium- and long-term strategy for implementing the following green initiatives.

Energy Management Systems (EMS)
All refurbished rooms have been installed with Inncom’s EMS Systems with intelligent occupancy detection to control the rooms energy consumption in rented and unrented states.

Guest comfort has been improved, condensation and humidity dramatically reduced while achieving a 30% saving of the in-room air-conditioning energy consumption.

Solar photovoltaic panels
The property is currently installing 244 Solar PV panels in phase one with an annual production of over 108 000kWh which saves about 28,850 litres of diesel fuel annually. Not burning this fuel saves 76.8 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, which is the equivalent pollution of removing 16 cars from the road permanently.
LED lighting
All refurbished rooms have been installed with efficient LED lighting reducing the rooms lighting demand by 80%. Phase two of converting the property to LED lighting will be the installation of the entire garden with Exlite solar LED lights.

Innu-science biotechnology cleaning – green cleaning
The property has successfully implemented phase one of biotechnology cleaning with the short term goal to reduce chemicals usage to 10% within the next 6 months.

This initiative will have another positive impact on the environment and the health of their guests and staff.

Ozone wash cleaning
Hotel L’Archipel is using various ozone technologies for safe bacterial cleaning of food, cutlery, crockery to provide a bacteria free environment in the kitchens, while dramatically reducing chemical and energy usage in the kitchen by over 50%.

To promote the awareness of the efforts and commitments from Hotel L’Archipel to the environment and the hospitality industry Pace Seychelles and Hotel L’Archipel have launched an awareness campaign with advertising on Mahé and Praslin airport terminals, international arrivals terminal, and domestic departure terminal.