Home / Travel / Tourism/ Mahaweli Reach now offers ‘Zero Carbon Hotel Stays’!

Mahaweli Reach now offers ‘Zero Carbon Hotel Stays’!

Comments / {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}} Views / Wednesday, 6 February 2019 00:00


Handover of certificates to MRH Managing Director Jayantha Panabokke by CCC CEO Sanith de Silva Wijeyeratne 

(on behalf of SFG) with the Senior Management Teams of MRH and CCC in the background


One of the Hill Country’s most iconic hotels, Mahaweli Reach, revived its pledge to sustainability for a second consecutive year when it was recertified as a CarbonConscious, WaterConscious and WasteConscious Hotel, and also became Kandy’s first recipient of the unique ‘Zero Carbon Hotel Stay’ certification. 

During an event graced by the Hotel’s Senior Management, the certifications were awarded by The Sustainable Future Group (SFG) – Sri Lanka’s foremost sustainability validation, verification and certification services provider. 

To obtain these accreditations, Mahaweli Reach Hotel (MRH) partnered with The Carbon Consulting Company (CCC) and their team of industry-leading experts for the development of a long-term Environmental Impact Management and Mitigation Program. In-depth audits were conducted to assess MRH’s GHG emissions, water consumption and waste generation and monitoring systems were implemented to frequently inspect the Hotel’s operational systems and processes in relation to these focus areas. 

The latest inclusion to MRH’s environmental accolades, Zero Carbon Hotel Stay provides guests the opportunity to offset the Carbon Footprint of an overnight stay at the Hotel through investing in a renewable energy project. In addition to these, the countless number of workshops and initiatives introduced for women’s empowerment, youth education and employee well-being throughout the years demonstrates their dedication to social sustainability as well. 

Commenting on their accomplishments, MRH Managing Director Jayantha Panabokke said, “The past 45 years have been a tribute to our founder’s vision of providing exceptional service and hospitality to our guests, which is why we embarked on this sustainability journey. And now, for the first time in Kandy, we have the privilege of further engaging our guests in our initiatives and offering them the option of completely negating the environmental impact of their stay with us. There are many challenges ahead of us, but I feel confident that with the guidance of CCC, our staff and management team will drive our initiatives forward and push the boundaries of what responsible tourism can be.” 

CCC CEO Sanith De Silva Wijeyeratne also remarked, “We’re honoured and proud of the dedication and accomplishments over the past year of Panabokke and his team. Their pledge to a sustainable agenda and commitment to cultivating the community is admirable. This new milestone places them at the forefront of innovative hospitality businesses and is a testament to what other companies in Sri Lanka can accomplish for a more sustainable future.” 

Share This Article

Facebook Twitter


1. All comments will be moderated by the Daily FT Web Editor.

2. Comments that are abusive, obscene, incendiary, defamatory or irrelevant will not be published.

3. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.

4. Kindly use a genuine email ID and provide your name.

5. Spamming the comments section under different user names may result in being blacklisted.


Today's Columnists

No more stones to break Sri Lankan bones

Friday, 19 April 2019

Trial by fire is not a new ordeal to Christian community. It predates Notre Dame and Nazism by millennia. In fact, a decade or so before Nero torched believers to light Roman avenues, Jewish religious leaders put Jesus-followers to the test as the Ch

Wounding the social psyche

Friday, 19 April 2019

In this article, I intend to discuss the serious wounds inflicted on the psyche of Sri Lankan society, which have not received adequate attention, but need immediate cure, for they might develop into a dangerous cancer if not treated without further

What 5G could be to Game of Thrones (and vice versa)

Friday, 19 April 2019

We will be hearing a lot about these two seemingly unrelated topics this month. In a hurriedly but meticulously organised event, Dialog Axiata recently demonstrated 5G applications for the first time in South Asia. 5G will be commercially available

On time – Only for a week! A must-change!

Thursday, 18 April 2019

We are in April and the month where we witness the declaration of a new year as per our traditional practice. It is that period of time when a huge majority of our population, which certainly can be counted in millions, intends to act in unison and q

Columnists More