LooLa Adventure Resort
Combining a local tourism business with sustainable energy and water initiatives.
LooLa Adventure Resort was started by two educators, Marc van Loo and Isabelle Lacoste, in Bintan in 1998. LooLa aims to demonstrate that one can use the natural hospitality and (building) skills of local people to deliver a great resort experience, rich in adventure, community, educational and sustainability activities.
LooLa further aims to demonstrate that it is good for business to:
- fully empower local staff and let them run the business
- engage and encourage guests to interact with and help develop local communities
- act as a test-bed for eco solutions
Now, 17 years, 5 Tripadvisor awards and 8 international eco awards later, LooLa has proven that it is indeed possible to create a world-class viable tourism business run by local communities.
One of LooLa’s ambitious projects focuses on delivering clean water to rural Indonesia. Eindhoven University of Technology, National University of Singapore, BCSD and other Singapore-based industry partners are amongst the partners in this project that was made possible by a Dutch government grant.
Apart from 8 UNESCO-designed wastewater gardens in LooLa, 100 wastewater gardens have been built for nearby villagers together with Singapore schools. The gardens connect to LooLa’s rainwater-collection systems: rainwater is being collected on big roofs near the beach after which the water flows into storage systems. All used water will then be recycled through the wastewater gardens before it gets delivered back to the water table, while growing fruits and vegetables along the process. The project aims to (cost)optimize the UNESCO design of the wastewater gardens so that it can be rolled out to rural Indonesia.
Being a testbed for eco solutions that can be replicated by the local community like the wastewater gardens is an integral part of LooLa’s business success.
A continuous focus on R&D and collaboration
PWNT is wholly owned by Dutch water utility PWN, and is unique in its formation and mission to make the utility’s 96 years of experience and innovations in water treatment available worldwide. Its extensive R&D programmes have led to the development of efficient and sustainable solutions in water treatment based on suspended ion exchange, ceramic membrane applications and advanced oxidation, applications useable for a wide variety of global water sources. All solutions offer lower life cycle costs, greater efficiency and much lower environmental impact. PWNT works closely with its clients to create optimal results and strongly believes in partnering with highly-recognized universities and globally respected companies. PWNT is located in the Netherlands and Singapore and has projects in Singapore, United Kingdom, Australia, Sweden, and the United States.
Both PWNT and its parent company PWN are CSR focused and are actively involved in community efforts to conserve water and the environment. PWN manages 7,300 hectares of nature conservation areas in North Holland in accordance with the Sustainable Site Management Barometer (level Gold) with approximately 7 million visits per year. Other examples of such efforts include PWN’s public water tap points, CO2-neutral operations, sustainable innovations and PWN’s contribution to the Millennium Development Goals.
PWNT is able to affect delivering world’s most efficient and sustainable water treatment solutions through the diversity of cultural and academic backgrounds of employees, coherent teamwork and excellent partnerships with external stakeholders. Understanding the needs and challenges and working in close partnerships with clients to create optimal results and maximum dissemination of these results has been essential to PWNT’s success.
Within the organization, there is a continuous focus on R&D by thinking of next-generation innovations and solutions, and belief that the best solutions for clients can be found by piloting and demonstrating technologies at the clients’ water sources. PWNT’s technology, created from a company culture that values continuous R&D and collaboration, has been tested, validated and selected for seminal projects in Europe, the UK and Singapore, and the company is confident that its competitive advantage stemming from a unique combination of people, culture and technology will lead to greater advances in the Water Industry and the growth of PWNT.
Reducing the volume of sand key as an innovative solution
Royal HaskoningDHV has been making a world of difference in people’s lives since 1881. As an independent international engineering and project management consultancy firm, they have been working with clients to successfully deliver projects that contribute to improving living circumstances around the world for 135 years. 6,000 colleagues spread over 150 countries are committed to Royal HaskoningDHV’s promise to enhance society together. Global expertise is combined with local knowledge to deliver a multidisciplinary range of consultancy services for the entire living environment. Royal HaskoningDHV understands that global challenges require sustainable solutions that are fit for future generations.
In Singapore, the latest example of innovation and sustainable business behaviour is the involvement with the polder development at Pulau Tekong. Royal HaskoningDHV and local consultancy Surbana Jurong carried out the detailed study and engineering design with the Housing & Development Board (HDB) in Singapore for this pilot development located in the northeast of Singapore. The studies were carried out together with Professor Kees d’Angremond as an expert advisor and Deltares as a Specialist Consultant. The polder approach has been used in the Netherlands for many centuries, but is still in its infancy in Southeast Asia and the rest of the world. This approach significantly reduces the volume of sand required as compared to the traditional method of land reclamation, and will ultimately result in savings on upfront construction costs. Furthermore, the robust design of the water management system, with storage of rainfall, has ensured using limited energy resources during operation by reducing pumping capacities. The construction is estimated to commence at the end of 2017 and will be completed in 2022.
Royal HaskoningDHV is proud to help build the future of Singapore. The Pulau Tekong polder project fits both in the Dutch legacy of exporting knowledge and strengthens Royal HaskoningDHV’s position in the world as a top-notch consultant in water management and land reclamation. Singapore is a truly advanced country with high standard regarding engineering studies and design, and therefore the polder will enhance the company’s profile in the region and the rest of the world.
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