Piet van Zyl
Is the Pioneer of Positive Impact Forever and an experienced sustainability professional with 24 years hotel experience. He focusses on environmental impact and applies a wholistic “blue” or circular economy approach inspired by nature and physics. He pays close attention to the waste stream, not only from solid waste but also from an energy and water perspective and brings together all the relevant data to come up with uncomplicated state of the art solutions that will last for a long time.
Piet is a Civil Engineer with a BSc degree in Civil Engineering and a Masters Degree in Project Management. He started his hotel career 24 years ago as General Manager and Resort Project Manager for Namale Fiji Islands Resort (owned by Tony Robbins the US motivational speaker and coach) He developed this resort from a 2 star to a 5 star resort over a 6 year period.
He was also the area maintenance manager for Soneva Resorts based on Soneva Fushi Maldives where he worked on improving their Eco Centro or waste management area, as well as installing a pilot 75kW solar PV system.
As Group Director of Engineering and Sustainability for Alila Hotels and Resorts where he initiated a Zero Waste Project in 2016 for the 4 Alila properties in Bali. From the beginning of 2018 and until the end of 2019 he is the sustainability consultant for The Datai, Langkawi Malaysia where a waste water system, a drinking water bottling plant, a permaculture garden, and a zero waste to landfill program has been implemented as part of their reopening program after an extensive modelling of this ultra luxury hotel. He also developed and executed hotel audits in Maintenance, Safety and Environment across all the group’s hotels.
The mission to inspire others
Piet has been a speaker at the Green School in Bali on zero waste, Role Foundation in Bali on Zero waste to oceans, DAS sustainability conference Johannesburg South Africa of sustainable urban and hotel design and at the EarthCheck inner Circle conference in Cancun Mexico on Delivering targets – beyond core indicators, and at the World Tourism Destination Forum 2018 on Managing Sustainable Destinations. He was a guest lecturer at the National University of Singapore’s Masters class for Sustainable Design.
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