What Is Hotel Carbon Footprint?
In early 2011 the International Tourism Partnership (ITP) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) started collaborating on an initiative to unite hotel industry efforts to calculate and communicate carbon impact by agreeing on a standardized methodology and metrics. The partnership consists of 12 world renowned hotel companies: Accor, Fairmonover a given pet Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott International Inc., MGM Resorts International, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, Red Carnation Hotel Collection, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., Premier Inn—Whitbread Group, and Wyndham Worldwide. All of the parties involved make up what is being called the Carbon Measurement Working Group (CMWG). More info on this subject is available at Green Lodging News.
Hotel Carbon Footprint (HCF) is a software solution created by AROBS Transilvania Software to assist the Carbon Measurement Working Group and help hotels measure the total carbon levels in common, guest and meetings rooms, by defining a common measurement method to be used across the industry. The solution uses advanced algorithms to measure energy consumption from in house appliances over a given time frame, keeps into account the breathing rate of a normal person and correlates all the collected information with the size of the rooms to give accurate results.
A constant increase in demand for sustainable products and services has been witnessed lately, turning the eyes of proactive companies towards the implementation of innovative and effective green solutions. An April 2008 Deloitte survey on business travelers reports that “95% of respondents believe the hotel industry should be undertaking “green” initiatives. Additionally, 38% of respondents made efforts to identify “green” hotels before traveling, 60% of respondents voiced concern about global warming, 40% of respondents would be willing to spend more to stay at a “green” hotel“.
Source: Risks and Rewards for Building Sustainable Hotels – Deloitte Study
To address the customers’ concern for an environmentally friendly travel, hotels are constantly applying for green certifications such as the “ISO 14001 Certification” or the “LEED Certification”. These certifications provide a framework to be used by corporations to reduce waste, energy consumption, pollution and be recognized for their efforts. The total carbon footprint of a hotel is a required measurement for obtaining green certifications, so hotel managers should definitely try to measure it, understand it, and act accordingly. Additional information about the rewards of building sustainable hotels can be found in Delloite’s Risks and Rewards for Building Sustainable Hotels study.
What will HCF tell you?
The value proposition of the product is to help hotel managers understand the complex links between the way their hotel operates, the total consumption of fuel and energy and the impact it has on the environment through carbon emissions. Information managers can thus prioritize their actions by analyzing and understanding the types of energy used allowing their business to function in a sustainable manner.
Being designed for Hotel Managers, HCF will provide information regarding the total carbon footprint for rooms and meeting spaces over a specific time frame, per night or per guest. This specific data provided by HCF also comes as a direct response to corporate Request For Proposals (RFPs) regarding carbon footprint calculators.
What data is needed?
Energy consumption data for 12 months using meter readings or invoices.
Area surface data (square meters or square footage) for:
- Guest rooms & corridor area
- Meeting spaces area
- Total area
Availability of service
The service will be soon available for hoteliers.
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