Sofitel Phnom Penh puts best green foot forward

The new Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra has wasted no time in establishing its eco-friendly credentials. The hotel, which became the first five-star property to open in Phnom Penh in more than a decade when it debuted in December 2010, has adopted a range of policies designed to reduce its carbon footprint.

The property recycles 80% of its rubbish every month to produce the bio gas, methanol, which is then used to provide energy for the staff canteen, the hotel kitchen and one of the property’s boilers.

Other initiatives undertaken by the hotel include the recycling of its wastewater and a carbon offset programme where 1,300 trees have been planted on the hotel’s grounds.

“You can’t open a hotel in 2011 without significant investment in green technologies. The world just doesn’t work that way anymore,” said Didier Lamoot, Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra’s General Manager. “No one can afford to have soot all over their footprints.”

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