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Sustainable practices

Eco Certified Hotel.

We are proud to be certified by the Malta Tourism Authority as an Eco certified hotel.

We look forward to continue our continued journey and commitment towards sustainability.

Eco Certified Certificate 

 

 

Our Green Commitment – Sustainable Practices

We have adopted and made a number of investments towards sustainability and reducing our impact on the environment.

  1. Solar collectors – Hot Water
  2. Heat pumps instead of fuel
  3. Energy Saving Lighting
  4. Highly efficient chillers for our air-conditioning
  5. Reduction in use of Single use plastics
  6. Eco Friendly Cleaning products
  7. Use of recycled plastic.

Solar Collectors / Solar Panels

Since 2007 Luna invested in 30 sets of solar collectors. These collectors are located on our roof and produce 610KwH; channeled into our hot water. In fact during the Summer months approximately 80% of our Hot water is heated using the sun. The remaining 20% is heated using highly efficient heat pumps.

 

 

Heat Pumps

Three modern heat pumps have been installed since 2016. These Heat Pumps have allowed us to virtually stop using our boilers and thus consuming zero fuel to heat our water, provide central heating, as well as heat our indoor pool. Heat pumps are designed to produce heat and cold simultaneously, these highly efficient machines use less electricity and thus reduce the emission of CO2. Our engineers have designed a system where the heat pumps heat is channeled into our Hot water system and the cold is channeled into our Chillers (air-conditioning). In this way further minimizing energy losses and use of electricity.

 

Highly Efficient Chillers.

Two screw type chillers, which are Circa 25% more efficient than traditional air cooled chillers are installed at Luna. These chillers use the cold received from the heat pumps and then further cool down water which is then circulated into all our air-conditioning units across the property. Using 25% less energy to cool the water these chillers allow us to only use one chiller at a time for the whole property having a back up chiller when necessary. To further assist and reduce demand on electricity for these chillers; all rooms are equipped with Energy Saving switches, that cut power when guests are not in the room as well as a magnetic switch that turns the AC off when the balcony door is open.

 

Energy Saving Lighting

Only energy saving light bulbs are installed through out the property. Use of LED long life light bulbs not only reduces our carbon footprint but also further reduces waste when replacing these light bulbs. Sensors and energy saving switches further turn off unnecessary lighting reducing waste.

 

 

 

Single Use Plastics & Recycling

We are committed to  reduce single use plastics. Our team has been trained to reduce the use of single use plastics where possible and recycle as much as possible. In fact we have eliminated from our stock and use plastics straws, plastic cups, plastic cutlery as well as not using miniature toiletries in our bathrooms. All of our beverage PET bottles are collected and sent for recycling. Separating bins are available through out the property and guests rooms to allow our guests to assist us on this mission.

 

 

Recycled Material

Where possible we priorities the purchase of goods and equipment that is made of recycled material. All our housekeeping trolleys and public area mats and carpets are made of 97% second life plastic. Our toilet paper and disposable hand towels are all made of recycled paper.

 

 

 

Eco Friendly Cleaning products

Where possible the cleaning products we use are environmentally friendly, all of which are conforming to EU directives and are ISO certified. Our major supplier of chemicals is also committed to reducing their impact during the sourcing, production and delivery of there products.

 

 

 

Energy Saving Switches

More than 98% of our lighting is LED or Energy saving. We have implemented Sensors through out our public areas to reduce unnecessary energy consumption. All our rooms are equipped with Energy saving switches (key card required) that control all the lighting/power in the room as well as a magnetic switch on our room balcony doors. The magnetic switch turns off the AC when the balcony door is open. the Energy saving switches turns off all the power when the guest leaves the room.

 

 

Our commitment

We have made a number of investments through the years and together with all our team we actively try to find ways to minimize our CO2 emissions and our impact on the environment. We will continue to learn, improve and invest towards our sustainable practices. See our official Sustainability Policies

 

Sustainability Training

On the 23rd November 2023, our heads of department received training on Sustainability in the Hotel industry. The session formalized our official policy on sustainability & established our official GREEN Team. Brainstorming took place where each team discussed sustainability within their department and measure that are in place and aims. It has been agreed that the Green initiatives will be in our agenda for our Monthly Heads of Department meeting.

 

 

Time Line & News

  • March 2024 – Figoli Bake Sale – Sale of the traditional Easter treat in aid of YMCA Malta
  • February 2024 – Replacement of old In-room fan coils (Air-conditions units). to newer more efficient versions.
  • January 2024 –  Officially certified as an Eco certified hotel by the Malta Tourism authority. – https://www.mta.com.mt/en/eco-certified-hotels
  • January 2024 – Raffle held during Staff party, donations by team members were topped up by Directors and a total donation of €1000 was donated to Dr Klown. – drklown.org/ 
  • December 2023 – Fully sponsored lunch for Dar il Wenz
  • December 2023 – Eco Certification (MTA) on-site Audit.
  • November 2023 – Green Team training – further training was given to our Green team during the HoD meeting.
  • March 2023 – embraced and subscribed to the BCRS initiative to collect and recycle PET, Glass and Cans. Our Minimarket also subscribed to be one of the collection zones for locals.

Pre 2023 news   

  • 2022 – During landscaping prioritizing local plants, climate appropriate plants and together with Piscopo gardens we maintain and embellish our green spaces.
  • 2022 – Hosted and sponsored the UNESCO ART CAMP, and international event that hosts artists from all over the world.
  • 2021 – replacing all in-room Toiletries with refillable dispensers. Reduction of single use plastics such as straws and take away cups etc.
  • 2020 – replacing of all south facing apertures to double glazing.
  • 2019 – introduction of motion sensors in public areas and corridors to minimize unnecessary lighting.
  • 2018 – construction of Roof top pool and gardens with Olive trees and local plants, as well as embellished the rest of the property with more greenery.
  • 2016 – introduction of 3rd heat pump to use for Central heating and thus decommissioning the fuel boilers.
  • 2015 – introduction of Heat pumps, 2 heat pumps were installed to replace the boilers and use of fuel to heat water.
  • 2014 – introduction of in-room separation bins
  • 2012 – installation of energy saving switches (key card) to turn off power when guests are not in the room
  • 2011 – gradual replacement of all lighting to LED or energy saving equivalent.
  • 2008 – magnetic switches in the balcony doors to turn of AC when door is open.
  • 2008 – changing our Chillers from traditional centralized air-cooled chillers to centralized Screw type chillers, more efficient and use 30% less energy. Chillers are also thermal energy ready, when permits are granted for the use of boreholes, we are able to use these chillers to further reduce energy to expel heat.
  • 2007 – installation of Solar collectors to utilize in production of hot water reducing the use of fuel
  • 2003 – Partnered up with Jmp who supply ISO certified cleaning chemicals with a large variety of eco friendly products. (Some of which up to 97% biodegradable)
  • 1998 – centralizing Hot water supply and investing in central boilers
Sustainable practices - Luna Hotel