Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga

Elevating Sustainability: Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga's EarthCheck Certification

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In an era when eco-friendly travel is gaining traction, Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga stands as a regional leader in sustainable luxury hospitality. Located in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town of Riga, Latvia, the hotel amplifies its commitment to environmental stewardship through EarthCheck Certification.

Exterior front of the Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga
Beginning the sustainability journey

Even before its EarthCheck journey, the hotel had taken sustainability steps such as waste recycling, state-of-the-art Building Management Systems (BMS) and energy-efficient lighting. However, its leadership knew there was room for improvement. EarthCheck Certification became the obvious next step.

Behind the scenes: process and team

An internal and online audit led by a cross-functional team set the ball rolling for the certification. The team comprised the Training and Quality Manager, Executive Housekeeper, Chief Engineer, and IT specialists. “EarthCheck stands for more than just certification; it signifies our commitment to the planet, community, and the future,” Mauthner said.

Aligning with EarthCheck's globally accepted sustainability standard was a necessity, not just a choice.

- Carmen Mauthner, General Manager, Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga.

Overcoming challenges

Kempinski’s path towards EarthCheck Certification was smooth, with an emphasis on continuous learning and adaptation. “The EarthCheck framework not only enhanced our operational efficiency but also positively influenced our guest experience,” said Sabine Laicane, the hotel’s Training and Quality Manager and sustainability champion.

Tracking the benefits

EarthCheck Certification has had a measurable impact on the hotel’s performance metrics, including reduced energy consumption, water use, and waste production. It’s also led to a noticeable increase in bookings, especially for group events, solidifying its reputation as a regional sustainable hospitality leader.

Common goals for a sustainable future

EarthCheck’s alignment with Kempinski’s values is more than just a partnership – it’s a collaborative focus on a sustainable future. “Our path towards sustainability isn’t about ticking boxes, it’s an ongoing journey. EarthCheck is an integral part of this quest,” Mauthner said.

The long road ahead

With an unwavering commitment to long-term environmental initiatives, the hotel continually refines its sustainability strategies. EarthCheck Certification remains a guiding light in its mission towards environmental responsibility.

Whether you’re a traveller seeking eco-friendly luxury, or a travel booker focused on sustainable hospitality, Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga proves that luxury and sustainability aren’t mutually exclusive. They can — and should — go hand in hand.

Bathroom of the Exterior corner of the Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga

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EarthCheck Certified: Aligned globally

EarthCheck science and products were developed by the Australian Government Sustainable Tourism Co-operative Research Centre (STCRC) over ten years. Our science is reviewed annually to ensure that it meets international standards relative to greenhouse gas protocols, responsible tourism, and certification.

EarthCheck products and services are built on the Agenda 21 principles for Sustainable Development endorsed by 182 Heads of State at the United Nations Rio De Janeiro Earth Summit in 1992 and aligned to the SDGs.

EarthCheck Certified provides a framework for organisations to achieve the desired outcomes for sustainable development as set out in the final report of the World Summit for Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg in 2002.

EarthCheck Certified complies with the Mohonk Agreement (2000), which outlines the guidelines and principles for an international sustainable tourism certification program. It is also a Recognised program of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).

EarthCheck Certified is a verification standard accepted by CDP. It is also an approved program of the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CNCA), London & Partners, the Mexican Secretary of Tourism (SECTUR) and the City of Sydney.

EarthCheck Certified is an approved program for meeting the EU Energy Directive for the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (Bundesamt für Wirtschaft und Ausfuhrkontrolle – BAFA) in Germany and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy) in the Netherlands.

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