Through its “Now for Tomorrow” sustainability programme, Rogers Hospitality led the way by launching, in 2021, the first carbon-neutral stays at their Heritage Resorts hotels in Bel Ombre and offsetting options for guests staying at their Veranda Resorts hotels. A carbon-neutral stay implies that the unavoidable GHG emissions generated by the guests’ stay are neutralised by other activities that reduce or eliminate the same emissions.
This initiative highlights Rogers Hospitality’s dedication to promoting sustainable tourism in Mauritius and minimising the impact of its operations on the environment and local communities. Moreover, it offers eco-conscious travellers the possibility to offset the CO2 emissions that a hotel stay would generate.
Rogers Hospitality features this initiative as a key action of its energy transition sustainability pillar. It articulates the process for carbon-neutral stays firstly by purchasing carbon credits. The carbon dioxide emissions are calculated using a carbon measurement tool specially designed for the hotel industry (HCMI, scope 1, 2, and 3).
Secondly, the carbon-neutral stays are articulated through local carbon offset projects, including raising awareness among employees and guests, purchasing local products, using energy-efficient equipment, leading the construction of a photovoltaic farm, and organising reforestation programs that allow hotels’ clients to contribute part of an eco-tourism experience, amongst other initiatives.
The "Now for Tomorrow" programme is built on the five pillars outlined by Business Mauritius' SigneNatir pact, to which the Rogers Group is a signatory. By focusing on these areas, the Groupcontributes to sustainable development and creates meaningful change.
Since October 2021, this initiative has been achieved by purchasing carbon credits from the Aera Group, an environmental commodity trader, and through investments in local offset projects such as the Solar PV Based Power Generation in Mauritius. This solar farm generates 12,4 MW of power, and 22000 tCO2 is saved per year.
In 2021 and 2022, Heritage Resorts purchased 10,239 tCO2e of carbon credits.