Rainbow Tourism Group sets 5% renewable energy targets

Staff Writer

Rainbow Tourism Group (RTG) says it plans to source 5% of its total energy needs from renewable sources as the hotelier moves towards reducing its environmental impact.

The Zimbabwe Stock Exchange-listed hospitality group said its main goal is to reduce the impact of its operations on the environment.

It said to achieve this, it has set targets such as a 2% waste reduction, sourcing 5% of its energy from renewable sources, and achieving a 2% reduction in overall energy consumption.

“To assess the effectiveness of our actions, we regularly review usage monitoring reports to track our progress towards our goals and targets. For instance, we are proud to report that renewable energy generated from our Kadoma Hotel and Conference Centre solar plant accounted for 243,174KwH, which is 39% of the total energy consumption for the hotel resulting in cost savings and a decrease in carbon emissions,” the group said in its 2023 annual report.

It added that it is committed to continuously improving its efforts to operate in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner.

RTG said it acknowledges the impact of its activities on climate change and is dedicated to actively monitoring and reducing its greenhouse gas emissions.

“The group adopts innovative solutions and sustainable practices to achieve this goal. To measure its carbon footprint, the group employs internationally recognised conversion factors to convert energy consumption into carbon dioxide equivalency,” RTG said.

It highlighted that Scope 1 emissions encompass the direct greenhouse gas emissions arising from the group’s utilisation of liquid biofuels such as diesel and petrol in its operations under direct control.

The calculation involves the application of GHG Conversion Factors provided by the United Kingdom government.

Scope 2 emissions, on the other hand, are indirect emissions resulting from the consumption of electricity obtained from external suppliers, over which the group has no direct control.

To determine Scope 2 emissions, RTG employs the Southern African Power Pool 2015 factors and incorporates Global Warming Potential rates provided by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Meanwhile, RTG’s chairperson Douglas Hoto said the company launched an afforestation and re-forestation program under the theme “A tree for every room” where a total of 6,000 trees were planted at ten schools in Kadoma.

He said the this is in partnership with the Forestry Commission of Zimbabwe.

Hoto said the initiative goes beyond off-setting direct carbon footprint – as it builds a culture of environmental mindfulness, provides protection of infrastructure through the creation of wind breaks, actively restores natural habitats, supports biodiversity and empowers communities.

“The program will be rolled out in schools and communities in all the regions where RTG operates,” he said.

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