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Sustainability

GREEN GLOBE

We have been implementing solid sustainability practices in our resort which resulted to becoming a Green Globe certified organization.

As a Green Globe certified resort, Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi is internationally recognised as a property that constantly introduces sustainable initiatives including employing solar panels for more efficient energy usage, reducing water consumption effectively, managing waste, supporting local community, purchasing local and season produce and protection of marine life.

The Green Globe International Standard for Sustainable Tourism has been developed over decades of research and development. It is the original Standard that all tourism eco-labels are based on.

GREEN GLOBE CERTIFICATE

SOLAR ENERGY AND EFFICIENT ENERGY CONSUMPTION

At Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi we always try to work towards a greener Maldives and we strive to implement innovated technologies whatever is the best for our guest and the environment.

Chillers and freezers temperatures are measured and monitored on a constant basis by the Kitchen and Engineering departments. Energy usage is specified and recorded. Motion sensors lighting for at least 50% of applicable areas is considered. All rooms need a room key in order to turn on lights – whereby all electric appliances are turned off when guest is not in room. Automatic and efficient temperature is set in all the rooms. 99% of the resort is provided with the LED lights and outdoor lighting is controlled by a timer. Energy efficient equipment is purchased wherever available, and only used when needed.

On the island, we are pretty much single-use plastic-free, we’ve installed a 1MW of solar and are looking to install another in our lagoon by Q4, which we’ve called our Solar Sea project. We’ll have up to two megawatts of solar production on the island, making us one of the largest solar produces in the Maldives.

SWIMSOL ENERGY PRODUCED

SUSTAINABILITY LAB

In order to find a more sustainable solution to the issue we have at hand, we are in the process of setting up our Sustainability Lab with the mission to fully recycle all of the plastic, glass and aluminum waste generated by the resort. In addition we will also utilize all the ocean pollution that we collect during our beach and reef cleaning up events around our resort and on local islands too. Our ultimate mission is to have the capacity to take all the plastic, glass and aluminum waste from all of our surrounding local islands and communities and become the number 1 recycle centre of our atoll (Shaviyani).

Once set up, we aim to transform this waste in our sustainability lab into beautiful bespoke souvenirs for our guests, including luggage tags in the shape of mantas and turtles. With our sheet press machine we will be able to make custom designed furniture such as tables, chairs and a whole variety of other products. We will also be making recycled plastic building bricks from top-grade plastic and paving bricks from low-end plastic, glass and sand.

While transforming and repurposing all this waste is central to our mission, we have a vision to widen the horizons of the project to communities, beyond just taking their plastic, glass and aluminum waste, to becoming fully invested in the Lab and the process of transforming their waste into products.

The Sustainability Lab and our Recycling Machines will not only help us to start to achieve our ultimate goal of being the first zero waste generating resort in the Maldives, but will help us create a culture of sustainability and accountability in our atoll which we hope will transcend across all of our surrounding local communities to take pride in their incredible natural environment.

CORALARIUM

The Coralarium structure, and the sculptures within, act as an artificial reef, encouraging local marine life to make it a home. Up to 5m tall, each one of the soaring sculptures is constructed of more than 500 ceramic ‘starfish’ that have been specifically designed to attract a variety of fish and crustaceans - the hard shells catch and hold biomass, or ‘fish food’, which encourage coral larvae to attach and thrive, while nooks and dark cubbyholes in the structures provide a hiding place for a variety of fish and shellfish. Each sculpture is brought to life through its union with the life that attaches to it, transforming them from concrete to textured, living organisms.

As one of the world’s most celebrated ‘underwater naturalists’, Taylor’s works become an integral part of the local eco-system, created with non-toxic, marine-grade compounds, free from harmful pollutants. The steel Coralarium structure, first installed in 2018, has quickly become inundated with marine life, and adventurous guests eager to discover the thriving underwater world. Hard corals, sponges and thousands of schooling fish now live within its walls, that are perforated with a coral pattern to allow beams of light to illuminate the sculptures.

FACT SHEET PRESS RELEASE MARINE BIOLOGISTS

Jason deCaires Taylor

Jason deCaires Taylor is a sculptor, environmentalist and professional underwater photographer. Born in 1974 to an English father and Guyanese mother, Taylor graduated from the London Institute of Arts in 1998 with a BA Honours in Sculpture.

His permanent site-specific works span several continents and predominately explore submerged and tidal marine environments. His multi-disciplinarily sculptural works explore modern themes of conservation and environmental activism; Over the past 10 years Taylor has created several large-scale underwater “Museums” and “Sculpture Parks”, with collections of over 850 life-size public works.

The works are constructed using pH neutral materials to instigate natural growth and the subsequent changes intended to explore the aesthetics of decay, rebirth and metamorphosis. His pioneering public art projects are not only examples of successful marine conservation, but works of art that seek to encourage environmental awareness, instigate social change and lead us to appreciate the breathtaking natural beauty of the underwater world.

Underwater Sculpture by Jason deCaires Taylor

TURTLE RANGER PROGRAM

Nature is a teacher and a healer: being immersed in nature can take you on a physical, psychological, spiritual, and social journey. At Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi, guests are invited to take part in a variety of innovative conservation initiatives, immersing themselves in the surrounding nature while rubbing shoulders with an array of tropical species.

Budding eco warriors can release their inner-Attenborough as they patrol the island’s stretch of sand in search of turtle nests. If a nest is too close to the ocean or at risk of predators, assist the marine biologist in moving the eggs and digging a new, safer nest out of reach of the tide. Should a nest hatch during their stay, Turtle Rangers are first on call to help the marine biologist safely release the baby turtles into the ocean.

So far, more than 500 baby turtles were released to the turquoise blue waters of the Indian Ocean footsteps away from the powdery white sand of Fairmont Maldives.

Release some baby turtles and become a Turtle Ranger.