Initiative launched to unite industry in measuring environmental impact
A new initiative has been launched to unite hotel industry efforts to calculate and communicate their impact on the environment by agreeing on standardised methodology and metrics. For the first time, leaders in the hotel industry are collaborating to find a single method to calculate carbon footprints and consistent metrics for communicating emissions. The International Tourism Partnership and the World Travel & Tourism Council are also collaborating on the work.
The Carbon Measurement Working Group, driven by hospitality members within these two bodies, includes international hotel companies such as Accor, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott International, MGM Resorts International, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, Red Carnation Hotel Collection, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and Wyndham Worldwide. The Phase One methodology has had input from Greenview Consulting and has been reviewed by the World Resources Institute.
Carbon measurement metrics can vary widely, which can lead to confusion, and the number of tools in use make transparency within the industry difficult to achieve.
[pictured: Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort, the only hotel in Cambodia to win an Asean Energy Award; courtesy Accor]