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Posted on Nov 28, 08:43PM | UNI
Kempinski Hotel Ajman, a five-star hotel in Ajman, said it has invested 566,000 AED (United Arab Emirates Dirham) to establish a new solar energy system, which will lead to cost saving of about 9,000 AED every month.
By harnessing the energy of the sun, Kempinski Hotel Ajman will be able to heat 30,000 litres of water each day, it said in a statement.
The system was installed in July and has already shown a significant reduction in energy costs for the hotel, it added.
The project, which will reduce up to 140 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year, was unveiled on the occasion of the board meeting of KREEN being held at the hotel.
KREEN was created in partnership between Kempinski and Stadtwerke Mainz (public corporation, AAA rating) based in Germany and Marshfield Energy based in Switzerland - both leading specialists in the field of energy, related services, and infrastructure.
Mr Ulrich Eckhardt, Kempinski Regional President of Middle East, Africa and India said, "Kempinski was the first company to bring a luxury hotel to Ajman. Now we are the first company to bring sustainability to the forefront of our hotel operations here in Ajman through this new solar project, the recycling of wastewater for landscaping, as well as several other sustainability initiatives underway in the hotel." Eckhardt said Ajman has the most beautiful beaches in the UAE and there is no better way to protect the integrity of the environment than to use its most abundant natural resource - year-round sunshine.
"As the popularity of the destination increases, sustainable business practices will be key to the successful growth of the emirate," Eckhardt added.
Dr Ing Horst Kreuter, the CEO of KREEN said, "This is the first of many projects with Kempinski Hotels and we are happy to be in Ajman for the unveiling of its first solar energy project of this kind. This project demonstrates how renewable energies can be a great solution for decreasing hotels' energy bills while actively supporting a more responsible approach to business." Situated 25 kms from Dubai international airport, Kempinski Hotel Ajman has 180 rooms.