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Regent Porto Montenegro, the five-star Adriatic retreat situated in the heart of Boka Bay on the coast of Montenegro, has been awarded the coveted Green Key eco-label certification, the leading standard for excellence in environmental responsibility and sustainable business practices in the tourism industry. By receiving Green Key certification, the hotel has demonstrated a commitment to maintaining high environmental standards which reassure guests that they are making a positive difference to the environment.

The Green Key Certification is supported by the World Tourism Organisation, and the hotel criteria were verified by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. The strict environmental requirements are set by the Foundation for Environmental Education. The criteria covered the following areas: environmental management, hotel management engagement, guest information, water and energy consumption, laundry and cleaning, waste, food and beverage, indoor spaces and green areas, ecological activities, and corporate social responsibility. After several inspections, it was decided that all mandatory conditions were met as well as several of the recommended criteria, thus Regent Porto Montenegro was awarded the globally recognised Green Key label.

Since its inception in 2014, Regent Porto Montenegro has been dedicated to upholding sustainable practices both environmentally and socially in line with the Sustainable Business Policy. The management team has developed a strong partnership with international partners and the local community to ensure equal employment opportunities.

The luxuriously furnished property, with 175 rooms, suites, and residences overlooking the breath-taking natural beauty of the bay, has demonstrated through written documentation and regular on-site audits its commitment to maintaining high environmental standards. It has also adhered to the strict criteria set by the Foundation for Environmental Education, with members in 77 countries, which oversees the Green Key programme, one of five global schemes based on combating climate change through positive environmental initiatives. 

Kai Dieckmann, General Manager of Regent Porto Montenegro, expressed his delight at the hotel’s achievement in receiving the Green Key certification and highlighted its commitment to sustainability. “We are thrilled to be among the first in Montenegro to receive this prestigious label. We take pride in taking care of our green footprint and continuously strive for sustainable practices.” He noted, “For us, this is really a “key” that shows that we invest in our team, aim to have as little negative impact on ecological systems as possible and ensure the wellbeing of our staff and the local community. By doing so, we are not only making a positive impact on the environment but also creating a better world for present and future generations.”

Green Key is an international eco-label for tourism facilities. Founded in 1994, Green Key represents the leading standard of environmental responsibility and sustainable development within tourism and hospitality. Representing over 4,000 tourism facilities in 64 countries, the Green Key Certification is evidence of the commitment to reducing the negative environmental impacts of a guest’s stay.

As a leading holiday region, the state of Montenegro underlines the priority issues of sustainable development, such as the introduction of a green economy, strengthening the efficiency of the use of natural resources; climate change; conservation of sensitive ecosystems and coastal areas; and sustainable production and consumption. Regent Porto Montenegro is also unwavering in supporting the local community. Through individual donations and the Fundraising Ball, the hotel has contributed to local healthcare institutions, public local services, and local sports clubs. It has also provided internships and knowledge-sharing opportunities to young talent within hospitality and culinary schools.

Regent Porto Montenegro is one of the sponsors of the first Western Balkan ESG Summit, which is a significant event in the region dedicated to discussing environmental, social, and governance issues. The summit will bring together political leaders, top government officials, business leaders, and investors to engage in interactive discussions around critical ESG themes such as sustainable finance, green transition, and green innovation. It is a great initiative to raise awareness and promote responsible business practices in the region.

Regent Porto Montenegro continues to strive for excellence to contribute to a sustainable future for generations to come, in line with the United National Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. IHG’s commitment to sustainability through the Green Engage initiative has resulted in a significant reduction in energy consumption and carbon footprint, with a 30% reduction between 2019 and 2021, leading to a 7% reduction in energy consumption. The goal is to further reduce the carbon footprint by 5% in 2023.

Preserving local culture through the integration of Montenegro’s nautical heritage, traditions, and way of life into the hotel’s interior design, cuisine, and communication campaigns further demonstrates its commitment to sustainability and the preservation of local culture.