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Is your hotel taking Responsibility for its Carbon Footprint?

Is your hotel taking Responsibility for its Carbon Footprint?

The UN has declared 2017 the International Year for Sustainable Tourism for Development, which has caused the global community to take a closer look at how sustainable the tourism industry is. According to the UNWTO, the hotel industry is accountable for 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Most of the countries are creating compulsory strategies to maintain a sustainable tourism business. Moreover, according to International Tourism Partnership, customers are expecting hotels to be accountable for carbon emissions.

But this is nothing new for the hotel industry. Numerous hotel groups such as Fairmont and Hyatt are taking initiative to measure their carbon footprint and to reduce it. Accommodation providers have realized the numerous benefits to carbon measurement and reduction.

Here are 6 benefits to tracking and reducing your hotel’s carbon emissions

  • Cost Savings: Financial savings are one of the most essential factors that influence hotels and resorts to take environmental initiatives. Hotel operators can maximize energy efficiency by decreasing energy consumption. Furthermore, it would be possible for them to reduce maintenance and operation costs as well.
  • Competitive advantage: Because of rising energy prices energy efficiency techniques or green practices would be useful tools to have competitive advantage. Due to rapid change in technology and competitive market customers are always concerning about more regular hotels upgrades and refurbishments.
  • Improving general morale: Implementation of energy measures efficiency make staff and customer comfort. It can enrich customer loyalty.
  • Increased brand value: Having a sustainable business can develop reputation and also boost brand value.
  • Regulatory compliance: Hotel industry be able to also anticipate future regulatory changes and implement creativities to diminish the possible costly effects of emerging regulation.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility: Integration of environment into their business would incorporate ethical activities and obviously upgrade their CSR rating.

Where to focus first to save the most money and cut the most carbon

To take advantage of the cost savings associated with reducing their carbon footprint, there are some key operational efficiency that accommodation providers should tackle first:

  • Heating and cooling: This can be accountable for 60% of total energy costs. Implementation of energy efficiency equipment could reduce heating costs and also able to maintain financial budget.
  • Lighting: On an average 25% of an organization’s electricity costs come from lighting. So, reducing carbon footprint could cut down costs. (need source linked)
  • Monitor your energy use: Having an “energy manager” will help ensure you are continually using electricity, natural gas and other fuels/renewable energy sources in the most efficient way. Install tools and systems to help the energy manager better monitor energy systems, and create an action plan for continual improvement.

Do you want to become a change leader by taking the initiative by to saving thousands of dollars on energy, waste and water bills all at no cost?

Are you searching for a way to attract more customers and gain customer loyalty by engaging in sustainable business?

ecobase Certified has Energy Efficiency Advisors who can explore your biggest worries and provide better solutions. Enhance your green rating by generating an eco-fund to invest in meaningful projects; ecobase Certified would support you to reduce your carbon footprint. Improvement of environmental performance would create an opportunity to convey a reliable and sincere green story to your guests. In this way, you could achieve a more sustainable and profitable business.

Learn more about becoming ecobase Certified.

SubhraDas-ecobase Certified Intern

 

  Written by Subhra Das

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