The Racha, Racha Yai, November 23rd 2018
Silver Certification’ from EarthCheck
EarthCheck – the world’s most prestigious global green tourism advisory organization, has awarded a
Silver Certification to The Racha.
An EarthCheck seal demonstrates a tourism operators’ level of commitment to environmental and social performance.
The program requires businesses to measure, monitor and make ongoing improvements in the key performance areas of;
Greenhouse Gas Emissions • Energy Efficiency, Conservation & Management • Management of Freshwater
Resources • Ecosystem Conservation & Management • Social and Cultural Management Land Use Planning
& Management • Air Quality Protection • Wastewater Management • Solid Waste Management
Environmentally Harmful Substances
Says Devan Bhaskaran, General Manager of The Racha, “With EarthCheck, organizations traditionally earn merit from the base level (Bronze) and progress only after years of stringent, monitored checks. As a resort that practices the highest standards of eco-responsible tourism, we are thrilled that our efforts have been recognized at such a prestigious level after our first-ever assessment with EarthCheck. It is indeed a great honor!”
‘Gold Level’ Green Hotel Award from Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources & Environment Another year-end sustainability accolade for The Racha is the ‘Gold Level’ Green Hotel Award from Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources & Environment.
The highest-level Gold rating connotes achieving an 80% or more score on environmental, conservation and sustainability practices.
Adds Devan Bhaskaran, General Manager of The Racha, “We have won this award before in 2014 and since then we have never once let up on our efforts to be cleaner and greener. Great things happen when nature comes first.”
Since it’s inception, The Racha has engaged in sustainable practices that conserve natural resources and reduce environmental impact. Initiatives include (but are not limited to)…
Architecture & Development
• All the resort’s structures are built in harmony with the island’s natural topography. No land was cut or filled in the building process.
• Through a series of innovatively designed gutter drains and underground sump tanks, rainwater
run-off is pumped back to the center of the island and allowed to flow back freely into the ground, replenishing the earth’s water bank. Minimizing rainwater run-off from flowing into the sea that
would otherwise be detrimental to coral life in the bay.
• Villas were built around coconut trees, the symbol of The Racha. For every tree that was cut, two were planted to replace it.
• Condensate water from air conditioning is used to fill the footbath outside every villa’s front door.
• Special heat exchangers are used to provide an ample supply of zero -energy hot water for the bathrooms from each villa’s air conditioning system.
• Instead of chlorine, all swimming pool water is ozone treated – applying the most environmentally sound, chemical free, skin-friendly technology available.
• Water features play a vital part on the grounds. Ecologically, the grounds also act as water catchment areas.
• The lush greenery provides a stable ecosystem for many of the island’s animal inhabitants.
• The Anumba Spa utilizes the highest-grade essential oils and organic spa products.
Further Afield – Land & Sea Initiatives
• A half acre 250 kWp Solar-Diesel Hybrid Station produces up to 50% of The Racha’s daily electricity requirements, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 24% or 1,500 Kg per day.
• The Racha’s Hydroponic Farm provides guests with the freshest, nutrient-rich and pesticide-free produce.
• Drinking bottles are eco-friendly, reusable glass. They are sterilized and bottled in the The Racha’s Water
• A Charcoal Project reduces and recycles organic plant waste (wood and plant scraps) into charcoal tubes with a hollowed-out center. This high-grade charcoal is then used for cooking at the Sunset Beach Restaurant’s BBQ evenings.
• At the Racha’s Bio-Fuel Station, food waste is converted into Bio-Gas. This in turn is used for cooking in the Staff Canteen.
• Instead of a concrete pier, The Racha utilizes a floating pontoon that can be moved between Batok
Bay and Ter Bay. A concrete pier would involve extensive damage to the marine ecology of the island.
• Rainwater is collected, recycled and treated at The Racha’s own reservoirs on the island for use throughout the resort. The reservoirs are home to many species of fish.
• All waste water is properly treated at our sewage treatment plant and the effluent water is used for landscape irrigation throughout the resort.
• Titanium heat exchangers recover heat from generators, providing an ample supply of zero-energy
hot water for laundry machines and staff showers.
• Since 2004, The Racha and The Racha Dive Center have supported The Reef Ball Foundation – a non-profit charity that protects and restores the world’s ocean ecosystems. Today, 250 reef balls form five man-made reefs around the island.