Lato Boutique Hotel gets ISO14001 environmental accreditation

George Sell By George Sell
05 November 2013 | Updated 05 November 2013

Greece: Lato Boutique Hotel, in Heraklion, Crete, has been granted ISO14001 accreditation.

Following a major refurbishment and expansion phase at the beginning of 2013, owners M. & E. Karataraki S.A. decided to implement "a major series of changes designed to save energy and natural resources, which eventually resulted in upgrading Lato's energy class".

To reach ISO 14001 standards, the hotel made several changes, including installing a new energy efficient air-conditioning system; removing the petrol boiler and installing heat pumps connected to solar panels; installing new A class TVs and refrigerators in all rooms; replacing light bulbs in indoor and outdoor spaces with LED fixtures; implementing proper thermal insulation for exterior walls and roof; replacing taps and other water valves with new controls, and more.

The changes have resulted in the hotel achieving energy savings of more than  38 per cent in just two months. There are also plans to implement green measures in its three restaurants, Brillant, Herb's Garden and Aroma, by using organic, certified farm-to-table ingredients, as well as focusing on reducing waste output, increasing stock of reusable items, and recycling and composting waste.

Owner and CEO Lefteris Karatarakis said: "Lato Boutique Hotel's eco-conscious approach will continue by adapting various other sustainable programmes throughout the hotel, but also in our restaurants. This is our firm commitment in making our property the best place to live and work, an example for local and international businesses."

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