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25 Jun 2024

Ikos Olivia member of Sani/Ikos Group becomes the first Greek resort and only the third in Europe to earn the LEED LEED® Gold Certification for its operations and maintenance practices

Ikos Olivia member of Sani/Ikos Group has been awarded the esteemed LEED O&M Gold certification for existing buildings (the LEED Existing Building Operations & Maintenance, EBOM, award). This recognition makes Ikos Olivia the first resort in Greece and only the third in Europe to earn this prestigious and demanding environmental accolade, highlighting its commitment to sustainability and responsible hospitality.


Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a globally recognized third-party certification for green buildings and most widely used rating system worldwide developed by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), which represents a benchmark for excellence in the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings globally. The LEED EBOM Certification is awarded to existing buildings that demonstrate outstanding operational efficiency and minimal environmental impact and buildings may earn one of four LEED rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum.


Ikos Olivia achieved the LEED Gold Certification level by meeting rigorous benchmarks and earning credits in five critical O&M categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality. Sani/Ikos Group’s luxury resort in Halkidiki earned an impressive 73 points for its environmental initiatives and sustainable practices throughout its operations.

Sani/Ikos Group’s resorts have received numerous international accolades and accreditations for their sustainability initiatives, including ISO 14001:2015 for environmental management, ISO 50001:2018 for energy management, and ISO 14064 for carbon neutrality, as well as 15 Blue Flags. All newly constructed resorts are built to LEED or BREEAM standards, aiming at the highest energy class.


Sani Asterias, Sani/Ikos Group’s luxury resort in Halkidiki which is undergoing a major renovation, and Ikos Kissamos, Sani / Ikos Group’s new luxury hotel in Kissamos Chania, which is under development, are in the process of achieving LEED Building Design and Construction: Hospitality (BD&C) certifications.


A long-term commitment to the environment


As part of its sustainability programmes, Sani/Ikos Group has made a significant "triple" commitment to the environment: achieving net zero emissions by 2030, eliminating all single-use plastic, and achieving zero waste to landfill by the end of 2024.


· All Sani and Ikos resorts are already carbon neutral and source 100% of their electricity from renewable sources.

· Sani/Ikos Group is making extensive investments in renewable energy sources, energy-saving systems, the electrification of its facilities and fleets. 

· Single-use plastic has been phased out in all guest-facing areas, with a target to eliminate them entirely from back-of-house operations by the end of 2024.

·  All resorts reuse 100% of their wastewater for garden irrigation, using water treatment plants.

· The Group’s circular economy practices also include among others, organic waste composting, artificial intelligence applications to minimize food waste, and over twenty streams of recycling including coffee capsules, candles and fabric.


More information about Sani/Ikos Group's sustainability initiatives is available in the 2022 ESG Report.

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