As a major town developer in several countries around the globe, we recognize the significant impact we exert on areas in which we operate. We are committed to sustainable environmental practices, not only as a responsible organization but also to protect our sites that are, by their very nature, long-term projects. Therefore, we work hard to help preserve the natural treasures on which our success is built.
This proactive stance towards environmental issues dates back to the 2002 launch of the Green Gouna initiative, a project aimed to position El Gouna as an environmentally friendly destination. The Green Gouna initiative has evolved to become what is today known as the Green Star Hotel Initiative. AGEG Consultants eG and Orascom Hotels & Development (Orascom Development's Egyptian subsidiary) have joined forces within the scope of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) program of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH to improve standards by implementing an environmentally and economically sustainable management system in the hotel industry in Egypt.
Our corporate environmental initiatives aim to generate low waste in our destinations through the following activities: waste recycling plant, water desalination projects, water management systems and planting projects.
Moreover, El Gouna, one of Egypt's most environmentally friendly holiday destinations has been awarded four Green Globe certificates by Green Globe International, a non-profit organization that promotes environmentally and socially responsible tourism. Individual hotels in our portfolio with Green Globe certificates include:
- Mövenpick Resort & Spa
- Sheraton Miramar Resort
- Steigenberger Golf Resort
- Club Med Village El Gouna
Our first European project, in Andermatt, Switzerland, is being developed in accordance with the highest ecological standards. Furthermore, our team works closely with local NGO's such as Pro Natura Uri, Switzerland's Traffic Club (VCS) and the World Wildlife Fund. We aim to preserve rivers and water surfaces as well as natural in-habitats. Furthermore, we plan to use a carbon-free energy supply system for the entire resort by using renewable energy sources. In addition, the planned parking lot will offer capacity for approximately 2000 cars, and air pollution and noise in the town can thereby be reduced.
We aim to develop each of Orascom Development's new destinations to be as environmentally friendly as our flagship project El Gouna.