(14 Oct 2021)
The Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island
has become even more sustainable now that the second largest solar plant in Seychelles has been put into operation.
The development is thanks to the Desroches Island’s owner
Development Company (IDC) – which is responsible for the
sustainable development of the outer islands in Seychelles.
With more than 7,200 solar panels, the plant is capable of producing
a minimum of 2,500 KW which will allow Four Seasons Resort Seychelles
at Desroches Island – the only resort on the 6.5 kilometre (4
mile) long coral island in the Outer Amirantes – to reduce its
dependency on Caterpillar diesel generators by 85 percent.
reduction in generator demand will lower diesel consumption by 1.3
million litres (292,000 gallons) annually, to deliver a saving of
3,200 tons in CO2 production per year, which is equivalent to 385
homes’ energy use for one year.
Glenny Savy, Chief Executive Officer of the Islands
Development Company, said, “The launch of the solar
plant in Desroches is the fourth solar farm in the Outer Islands
after Alphonse, Astove and Farquhar, which all now receive 95
percent of their energy from this renewable source. The net effect
of these solar plants is that our carbon footprint on the Outer
Islands will significantly improve, which will bring Seychelles
closer to achieving its target of producing 15 percent of all
energy sustainably by 2030.”
Alongside the drive to lower carbon emissions
through converting to solar energy, Four Seasons Resort Seychelles
at Desroches Island is also increasing its commitment to sourcing
fruit, vegetables and a variety of fresh produce from the island’s
agricultural farm, which is operated by IDC.
2,500 square metres (27,000 square feet) of the island’s fertile
land, the agricultural farm will soon be expanded to 10,000 square
metres (108,000 square feet) to allow the resort to eventually
source a minimum of 70 percent of all fruit and vegetables from
the Desroches Island directly, with an order for 35 tons of farm
produce already placed for 2022.
The majority of the resort’s eggs
are already sourced from the IDC agricultural farm.
Nick Solomon, Resort Manager at Four Seasons
Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island, said, “So far this year, we
have already purchased almost 5 tons of perishables from the
agricultural farm. Not only does this allow us to enjoy the
freshest produce, but in our remote location, it has a huge impact
on reducing the capacity required to carry this produce on
domestic flights. These perishables alone would have required
eight domestic flights, which is a 460 kilometre (286 mile) round
trip from Mahé, requiring 6,800 litres (1,800 gallons) of fuel.
With the planned expansion to the farm, we are thrilled to be able
to increase our commitment to locally grown produce, enabling us
to increasingly feature organic dishes on our menus, while also
continuing to limit the number of domestic flights required.”
Recycling is actively
practiced throughout the resort, which alongside glass, cans,
kitchen and engine oil (all of which are recycled off island),
applies to water recycling for irrigation and reuse of water in
the laundry – using last rinse spins for primary wash cycles.
glass water-bottling system is in place to remove the requirement
for disposable plastic water bottles, allowing the property to
refrain from using any plastic bottles or straws. The hotel also
uses refillable ceramic
containers for bathroom amenities and eco-friendly garbage bags.
To ensure careful management of energy
consumption, low energy air conditioning inverter units are used,
alongside low-wattage LED bulbs. Water is
heated through a heat recovery system and all energy consumption
is strictly monitored by the resort’s engineering team.
sustainability practices complement a range of environmental
initiatives also in place at Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island, with guests able to partake in activities such
as tortoise feeding and adoption, beach clean-ups and native tree
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