Boutique five-star hotel The Hari has appointed a sustainability executive as it looks to become carbon neutral.
Emma-Louise Sargeant will take on the role and push the hotel forward with its green initiatives.
She said: “I am incredibly excited to be joining The Hari London as sustainability executive, as we embark on this journey and I believe the hotel should be proud of the responsibility we are taking together to bring the sustainability of our operations to the next level, and give it the attention it deserves.”
The Hari is committed to achieving environmental and social sustainability within the hotel and isworking towards giving guests an energy conscious stay.
The hotel’s ‘Make a Change’ committee looks at broadening environmental awareness within the business, working with colleagues on CSR activities and increasing involvement in the community, championing local employment and fair trade.
Purchasing preferences are given to fair trade, eco-certified products and to locally produced goods and services where possible.
Andrew Coney, general manager for The Hari, said: “There has never been a more important time to take these matters seriously. We owe it to the future generation to all do our part in combating climate change.
“We are so excited to have Emma as part of the team, to help drive forward our sustainability strategy and continue to improve our environmental impact not just in the UK but across the global travel industry.”
Sargeant joins The Hari with a passion for sustainability and responsible travel.
She followed her bachelor’s degree in tourism management at the University of Surrey with an MSc in travel industry management at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
She completed an internship at the Centre for Responsible Travel, a non-profit organisation in Washington DC, before embarking on a position at Intrepid Travel, the world’s largest sustainable travel company.
The Hari hotel opened for business five years ago and is the vision of Dr. Aron Harilela, chairman and CEO of Harilela Hotels.
A second hotel opened under ‘The Hari’ brand in December 2020 in Hong Kong.
The Harilela Group was established in 1959 and is still wholly owned by the Harilela family. The Harilela Group is the parent company of Harilela Hotels which owns 15 properties across Hong Kong, China, the Far East, Europe and the US.