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) www.namalefiji.com 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. (www.sonevaresorts.com)
Lately he was the 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. (www.alilahotels.com) These properties will be zero waste starting from December 2017 with the last property attaining zero waste certification by March 2018. He also developed and executed hotel audits in Maintenance, Safety and Environment across all the group’s hotels.
He 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. He was a guest lecturer at the National University of Singapore’s Masters class for Sustainable Design.
"Piet championed our environmental direction and was instrumental in our properties achieving EarthCheck certification across the brand as well as implementing a Bali “zero waste to landfill” structure at four of our properties on the island. Piet has a real passion for the environment and protecting it through smart management of resources." Frederic Simon Chief Executive Officer Two Roads Hospitality Asia (also trading as Alila Hotels and Resorts)