FOXTROTS

 

Fox – sly.  Trots – left-leaning (Trotsky) plus its more insalubrious meaning. 

Foxtrots – leading the industry in a dance.

 

2009 April 17

 

6-2-0. Six Senses and the environment.

 

I was wrong, it seems. One year ago, I named and launched the ZERO section in our newsletters after Six Senses’ plans to establish a zero-emission resort in the Maldives – ie, Six To Zero.

 

I was wrong because Six Senses, not satisfied with zero emissions*, now wants to be ‘carbon positive’. Six plans to calculate how much CO2 the resort would have emitted if it used fossil fuels (which it doesn’t), and then plant trees or whatever to absorb that amount of CO2.

 

Also, it has banned imported bottled water at its resorts. “When so many people do not have access to clean water, it seems a little arrogant to fly in water.” It says revenue from bottled water would be US$250,000 per resort per year, but this is not all a revenue loss because although its own mineral water is free to guests, it charges for crystallised water.

 

Other Six developments:

 

[] All its resorts have an organic farm, which also can be revenue-generating, not just a cost item.

 

[] One target is “low food miles”.

 

[] It uses waste for biomass.

 

[] It plans to use mirrors to heat water, which will then create usable steam, etc.

 

 

*The company admits it does not yet know how to achieve zero emissions. For instance, a sales trip by the resort’s marketing manager would emit CO2 unless he swam to India, and then walked to trade shows in Asia and Europe. But Six still targets zero-emissions at Soneva Fushi by 2010, and company-wide by 2020. It has named this process, ‘Evalution’.

 

 

The Fox