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The aim of the CROWDFUNDING campaign

“Leaf-Boa Go Green Lisboa”

is to raise awareness among travellers as to the choice of lodgings with green credentials and help tourist accommodation owners to improve their ecological and environmental performance


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Our focus in this campaign will be on reaching 6,100 lodgings in Lisbon



to provide hotel and lodging owners with a practical guide on the main areas of interest for a hotel that is environmentally friendly


air conditioning

electrical equipment

water consumption

air quality inside the building

products and services relating to personal hygiene

waste management

training of staff 


interaction with stakeholders and

ecological supplies and acquisition

At an average of 30 contacts per team member/per day with 4 people making 2,400 contacts over 3 months, this gives us

7,200 contacts

This figure is more than enough for one contact per hotel or other lodging, and means that there is flexibility in the workload taken on by members of the team.

Once we reach 6,100€ through crowd funding (the equivalent of 1€ = 1 lodging) we can start on the initiative.

That’s all you have to do:


1€ = 1 lodging



thank you


visit our site at www.fiveleafsystem.com




Green Deal

Green DealThe new UK government policy for upgrading poor quality housing

Finance has been available since January 2013 in the UK for 45 energy saving measures for improving your property.

Loans are repaid through energy bills and are transferred with the property to new users – a novel concept in this country.

Homeowners repay the Green Deal charge on their monthly bill, even if the promised savings on their energy bills do not materialize, but the intention is that savings on energy bills will outweigh the cost of repayments.

This has been the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s policy since October 2012 and although interest rates are higher than average household loans, the aspiration is that the general public will join and help upgrade the quality of the country’s housing stock.

In terms of heating, ventilation and air conditioning, measures range from installation of equipment (boilers, gas recovery devices, ground and air source heat pumps) to complete systems (heat recovery, heating controls, mechanical ventilation and under-floor heating).

With building fabric, insulation and draught proofing are paramount (cavity walls, flat roofs, external and internal walling, floors and lofts) with the emphasis also on heating systems (cylinders and pipework).

With lighting, fittings and controls are considered; with water heating, innovative hot water systems and water efficient taps and showers are contemplated; with fenestration, energy efficient glazing and doors have been included.

Further measures have been confirmed to include roof lights, lamps and luminaires, radiant heating, solar blinds, shutters and shading devices as well as solar collectors, chillers, fans and pumps.

By Silvia Pelham

Image source: Which? - www.which.co.uk


Cooperative relationships are built upon  mutual interest, the aim being to support each other as well as create an interactive environment without restraints. A balance between a cooperative and a competitive interaction amongst businesses in the same sector is however a big dilemma and what needs to be ensured is that neither one of the two ways of conduct can harm the other or its strategies. It remains however the recipe for success and market sustainability when balanced and implemented in an ethical context.

Developing countries need more and more an enabling environment in order to create economic growth within the private sector. Since the confirmation of two of the biggest world events in Brazil, the FIFA World Cup 2014™ and the Olympic Games 2016™, the country has been targeted by large, international companies of all sectors in search of opportunities in this promising market.

Local business owners have since then experienced a whole new competitive environment and guided by SEBRAE[1], a private business funded by the local government and focused on the development of small businesses, have created cooperation committees based on a mutually beneficial exchange. These relationships are built on a distribution of activities and resources among actors embedded in the same business network.

According to SEBRAE there are 778 active business cooperation committees in Brazil (2011) and the results vary by segment.

Using the tourism industry as an example, small businesses get together and share valuable information regarding their purchases, suppliers and prices. Power of negotiation can be very limited when a small business stands by itself, but when 30 establishments get together to purchase linen, toilet paper or whatever they may need, they can achieve a much better result, increase profits and provide economic growth. This format is used to purchase an infinite number of products and services that are vital to their businesses and enhance competitiveness.

In some committees, even marketing strategies and efforts as well as environmental solutions are shared for the benefit of a destination, especially in the tourism segment. Business sustainability is about an integrated strategy that allows financial growth, community development and environmental  awareness.

“If we do not hang together, we will all hang separately”, Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), American statesman, scientist and philosopher.

[1] The Brazilian Service of Support for Micro and Small Enterprises.

By Paula Guino, Brazilian, MBA with emphasis on sustainable development, partner at CentroTour Travel and owner of 3G3 Consultancy Services.
Contact: paulaguino@3g3.com.br; twitter: @GuinoPaula; Facebook: /3g3consultoria

Finally architects do not have to contend with unsightly sliding/folding fire doors to protect public spaces in hotels.

No more rails, grooves or hanging rollers! What a relief……

The first world’s fire protection closure has been designed without side guides and won the AIT Innovation Award for Architecture 2011.

Check out this simple, elegant method of creating full fire protection by letting hanging fire curtains wrap around either side of the opening, heavily resting on the floor thus not allowing any smoke or flame through from adjacent spaces.

When not in use, the lower section of the structure serves as a closing seamless plate, tight-fitting and flat against the false ceiling.

We’ve got videos showing the door in action in English, Spanish and French. Click on the respective country’s flags to watch!


Article written by Silvia Pelham – Architect

SEATEL the offshore hotel

The Sanderson Maritime company has just created Seatel Hotel, a floating hotel on three floors, with 70 rooms. It provides facilities for each docking of boats, a speed passenger heliport, and a site for 14 tennis courts. The hotel can be secured to the sea floor within 60 miles from the coast.


“SEATEL offers significant advantages over conventional accommodation ships and other forms of offshore accommodation:

• Accommodation is significantly cheaper than other alternatives.
• Flexible offering with single and twin occupancy available in all 70 rooms.
• Onsite location considerably reduces technician transfer time, boosting productivity and cutting costs.
• Single point mooring system allows safe crew transfer in most weather conditions.
• Easily moved between locations.”

The Five-Leaf System as a springboard for the Eco-label 

Any hotel that expresses concern for the environmental impact of their activity and is ready to start with a more environmentally friendly policy can receive its first leaf in the Five-Leaf System.

One of the ways that hotels have if they wish to extend this philosopy is through the choice of products and services that already follow the principles underlying the system.

The award of the EU eco-label aims to highlight ecological products where the manufacturer is showing respect for the environment. Joining the scheme is voluntary and there are minimal costs involved in assessing the production processes involved and in maintaining the level needed for the award.

The Portuguese Ministry for the Economy is a member of the EU Eco-label committee (CREUE), which defines the ecological criteria underpinning the award of the Eco-label. The criteria that are used have been chosen as a result of a wide-ranging battery of scientific studies.

Hotels can choose from a dozen of distinct products groups – and as the process is dynamic there are new awards every month! Just look for the symbol of the daisy!

The Eco-label system in the European Union

The system is pan-European, voluntary, selective, and transparent. The procedures are officially recognised and based on an array of criteria, with an independent award process. The award gives the right to display a special logo.

The demand for ecological products provides a major spur for companies to reflect on ways to make their products more ecological, to bolster their pro-environment policies and enhance the performance of their products and services throughout their life cycle.

The Eco-label system provides the ideal way of reaching this goal.

It was created in 1992 (and amended in 2000 through Regulation (CE) 1980 and in 2010 through Regulation (CE) 66 of the European Parliament and the Council). The system encourages manufacturers to create environmentally friendly products and covers services and goods for everyday consumption.

The ecological critieria that are used mean that scientific studies on environmental impact have to be carried out for each phase of the product life cycle. The following points must be taken into account:

  • energy consumption
  • water pollution
  • air pollution
  • the production of waste
  • sustainable forest management
  • noise pollution
  • soil pollution, There are also criteria relating to performance.

These criteria, following adoption by a majority of the member states and by the European Commission, are valid for between two and five years. They are then reviewed and may be strengthened with a view to improving the environmental performance of products that display the Eco-label.

Our environmental policy is influenced by an awareness that our hotel and its business can only be sustainable if we consider the added value brought by the wealth of nature that surrounds us and an understanding of the natural resources that we use.
We believe that it is essential, and extremely beneficial for our business, if we can play our part (at our level) in raising awareness for the environment among our stakeholders.
We recognize that we are just taking the first steps, but our aim is simple: to do our best!
Nuno Ferreira, Director of the São Félix Hotel

The São Félix Hotel was awarded a three-leaf classification, and is the perfect example of the kind of hotel management approach that we would like to welcome into the Five-Leaf System from hotels in any part of the country.
Five-Leaf is a dynamic system, allowing hotels to grow in sustainable fashion at their own pace over the years until they reach the Five-Leaf standard.
Silvia Paula Pelham, Director, Five-Leaf System

The Hotel Jardim Atlântico was the first hotel to come into the Five-Leaf System with a section of its site totally dedicated to environmental issues.
It has been concerned with the environment for almost 20 years, and a decade ago became the first hotel in Madeira – and the second in Portugal – to be awarded the Certificate NE EN ISSO 14001 (the international certificate for environmental management in the sector of lodging and restaurant services).
It also holds a number of other awards and distinctions, among them that of “Best Ecological Hotel” amaong 600 hotels in Europe (2008/2009); in 2008 it was nominated for the “Ecothrophea” prize awarded by DRV-Deutscher ReiseVerband, and in 2008 was the winner in 2009; it won second prize in the award by Thomas Cook (2008/2009); in an unbroken stretch from 1997 through to 2009 it was awarded the “Umweltchampion” prize by TUI, the world’s leading tour operator; from 2002 to 2007 it won the “Environmental Hotel Award” of the Swiss operator HotelPlan; it was awarded the distinction of “Amigo do Ambiente – Excelência” by the Madeira DRTT in 2006; for three years running (’97 to ‘99) it was recognized by the GREEN GLOBE 21 (WTTC) with Distinction and Commendation Awards and the Achievement Certificate and by the International Hotel Association together with The International Hotels Environment Initiative it was awarded the distinction of “Green Hotelier”.
In 2011, it was the first hotel in Madeira to be awarded the five-leaf classification in the Five-Leaf System.

The Convento do Espinheiro is not only interested in the well-being of its guests and their exigencies, it is also concerned about the sustainability of the environment of which it is a part. The hotel would like to leave a really long-lasting legacy behind it.
When the Hieronymite monks lived here in the 15th century, the monastery was totally self-sufficient.
The Convento do Espinheiro is a Luxury Collection Hotel & Spa, and one of its concerns now is to make the monastery vegetable and fruit garden productive again. The plants and herbs that have been sown conform to the demands of biological agriculture, and this means that no chemicals have been used.
These are the herbs that give such a flavour to the delicious meals served in our restaurant, Divinus. All organic waste from the kitchen, along with fallen leaves and grass cuttings are put in compost tanks to be used later as fertilizer for our gardens.
Following the renovation of the old aquaduct, it has been possible to start using water from the well to irrigate the gardens and they are now self sufficient in water. This in itself is a real blessing, in a region where the average annual rainfall is around 700 mm.
This policy has also been applied in our garden, where we have replaced some of the plants with Mediterranean flora requiring less water.
The Convento do Espinheiro has adopted other policies too with the environment in mind. Among these are the use of eco-friendly lighting, solar panels for heating water and regular dissemination of information to stakeholders regarding our environmental practices.