From: Akhila Vijayaraghavan, Triple Pundit, More from this Affiliate
Published September 6, 2011 08:57 AM

Hotel Chains Standardize Carbon Accounting

Everybody travels and everybody stays at hotels one time or another but travelling comes with a steep carbon as well as water footprint. For example, every day you stay at a hotel, you might burn enough fossil fuels to release more than 33 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The good news is that many hotels and holiday resorts have become aware of the issue and are introducing plans that makes your stay more eco-friendly.


World's Major Hotel Chains Come Together to Standardize Carbon Accounting

Twelve global hotel chains have come together to achieve a consensus on carbon measurement in the hospitality industry. These include Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott International, MGM Resorts International, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts and Premier Inn – Whitbread Group. They are forming a new Carbon Measurement Working Group along with the International Tourism Partnership (ITP) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

Marriott International has long been a proponent of sustainability. According to Tim Sheldon, Global Operations Officer "We are proud to be 'at the decision-making table' for this historic effort; it continues our more than 20 year commitment to conservation and preservation. With the increase in global travel, we have a responsibility to ease our business impact on our natural environment. Working through this partnership to create consistency in carbon calculation is a major step for the hotel industry and helps to support our sustainable initiatives."

For the first time, the hospitality industry is moving towards standardising carbon emissions calculations. The working group will calculate and report on emisisons as part of an initiative that ensures both customers and investors can compare hotel carbon emissions on a comparison basis.

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