|Hotel Industry Unites on Carbon Footprint Measure Source: USA Today & the World Travel & Tourism Council
The hospitality industry is making news as a diverse group of hotel operators just announced timely collaboration on calculating their hotels’ carbon footprint. InterContinental Hotels Group, Hilton, Marriott, MGM Resorts and 20 other companies have agreed to adopt a uniform way to calculate their hotels’ carbon footprint, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) announced June 18th.
The group saw an opportunity to improve how the hotel industry communicates its impacts, according to the WTTC. Currently, approaches to measuring and reporting on carbon emissions vary widely. The WTTC said: “This can lead to confusion amongst consumers, particularly corporate clients, looking to understand their own potential carbon footprint and meet their own goals/targets in this area. In addition, the number of methodologies and tools in use make transparency of reporting within the hotel industry difficult to achieve.”
The Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI) undertaken jointly by WTTC and the International Tourism Partnership (ITP) has brought together 23 hotel companies to agree a common methodology for measuring carbon emissions.
The aim of the HCMI 1.0 methodology is to provide transparency and clear communications for the growing body of corporate clients who require such information as part of the annual RFP process. Developed by consultants at KPMG, under the guidance of a Working Group comprising of experts from WTTC and ITP Member companies, the methodology is a first step in ensuring a common approach across the sector.
David Scowsill, President & CEO of WTTC said, “WTTC has long been advocating that industry speaks with ‘one voice’. Through this initiative we have seen major hotel companies come together to agree a means of communicating carbon impacts which ultimately will result in more transparency and clarity for the consumer. HCMI has broken new ground in its industry driven approach and I congratulate the companies involved on their leadership in ensuring this important initiative comes to fruition. We expect this industry common language to be widely used within the next two years.”
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