Friday, 22 January 2010

Rafayel - a hotel Bill Gates should like

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates is well-known for his charitable causes and interests. Many of these subjects are featured on his blog, "The Gates Notes". Hotel Rafayel shares many of Bill Gates environmental concerns. We were particularly interested to read his recent post "Why We Need Innovation, Not Just Insulation".

Bill Gates writes that:

"Conservation and behavior change alone will not get us to the dramatically lower levels of CO2 emissions needed to make a real difference. We also need to focus on developing innovative technologies that produce energy without generating any CO2 emissions at all..."

We at Rafayel have long subscribed to this view. To quote from our own mission statement (posted on this blog several months ago):

"Our decision to use the latest cutting-edge technology, at considerable expense, to replace redundant energy-hungry technology is grounded in our philosophy of doing what we can to minimise the harmful effects that an unsustainable carbon footprint will wreak on future generations. We are not shallow thinkers or narrow-minded consumers; for us, the huge capital costs of technology payback through lower emissions are a minor price to pay towards building a better world for future generations. We know that we can only ever play a tiny role in the greater, global, effort to securing a clean future, but we are ardent believers in the principle of leading by example."

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