Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge wins global best practice award

From left to right: Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge manager Dan Chahenza, CINET president and chief executive officer Peter Wennekes, and Serena Hotels group engineer Abdulkadir Rahim
From left to right: Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge manager Dan Chahenza, CINET president and chief executive officer Peter Wennekes, and Serena Hotels group engineer Abdulkadir Rahim

Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge has scooped a global award at the Global Best Practise Awards 2018.

The Serena Hotels and Resorts’ property bagged the Extraordinary Business Case and Corporate Social Responsibility award during the just concluded Global Best Practise Awards ceremony in Milan, Italy.

Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge won the award for using eco-friendly practices in providing professional textile care through sustainable and energy efficient laundry services.

The Global Best Practice Awards was started in year 2016 with the aim of recognising organisations that have shown ingenuity in business models that meet customer needs in a sustainable manner.

Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge is the first lodge in Tsavo West National Park to implement a fully-fledged solar power plant to provide for its entire power requirements.

The solar power plant, which is under a 10-year lease contract, consists of 960 solar panels that produces up to 307 kWp and has the capacity to supply Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge’s full energy requirements during normal weather conditions.

During adverse weather, additional energy needs are met using synchronised generators, which were previously the main source of energy before the commissioning of the solar plant in July 2017.

Abdulkadir Rahim, group engineer, Serena Hotels, says: “We are humbled to receive the Global Best Practice Award. The award demonstrates how our journey and efforts to move from fossil based energy to renewable energy sources and effective energy and waste water management has evolved over the years.

“Incorporating historic energy data insights to our business strategy is one of the key drivers that led us to install the solar power plant.

“We have also recently installed a solar power plant at the Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge and we are committed in replicating this model to other Serena Hotels properties in Africa.”

As part of its day-to-day operations, Serena Hotels focus on innovative programmes that respond to the needs of the environment, economy and communities within which it operates.

All Serena’s programmes are aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) set out by the United Nation Development Programme.

 Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge solar power plant particularly aligns to “SDG 13 Climate Action” – with the aim of fighting climate change and its effects to the environment.

Dan Chahenza, lodge manager at Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge, says: “The demand from eco-travellers is growing and Serena continues to adapt its business best practices model to meet the ecological travel experiences and expectations of today’s guest.

“Despite being remotely located in the park; we have successfully managed to use a clean-renewable source of energy to fully run the lodge operations.

“This includes supplying the needs of energy intensive functions such as the kitchen and laundry departments without restricting other energy related services for our guests.”

The laundry department uses eco-friendly detergents and the lodge has a bio-digester that recycles all the waste water, which is used for irrigation and reafforestation. This goes a long way in protecting the environment which is part of Serena’s philosophy.

According to the solar power plant data records, 467 tonnes of carbon dioxide has been avoided since the last 15 months of installation.

To extract this carbon dioxide from the environment naturally within 10 years , 37,399 trees need to be planted.

The solar power plants complement the Serena East Africa tree planting initiative that has taken place for over two decades.

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