The International Tourism Partnership (ITP) and Greenview recently launched their Hotel Footprinting Tool, which allows hotels to calculate and benchmark their carbon and energy footprints while giving anyone access to the carbon and energy footprints of hotels around the world.
The Hotel Footprinting Tool uses data from Cornell’s annual Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking study to show the distribution of carbon and energy footprints and various geo-locations. Users can use the free online tool in two ways: by using the benchmark function, which shows the carbon and energy footprint data for specific regions, or by using the footprinting function to calculate the footprint of their hotel stays in multiple destinations using the HCMI (Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative) method. The former is perfect for hotel owners and operators who want to measure and benchmark their energy footprint against data from other hotels in their region or market. The latter is perfect for travelers or corporations who want to report on the footprint of their stays. HCMI was developed by ITP, WTTC (the World Travel & Tourism Council), and a collection 23 international hotel organizations.
The Hotel Footprinting Tool will play an important role in corporate social responsibility. As business travel continues to grow, businesses will be able to map the footprint of their hotel stays and/or meetings, and can obtain reports for reporting their scope 3 emissions. This data can also help businesses find ways to offset their travel emissions.
ITP will also be launching a water footprint tool in 2017, following the anticipated debut of the partnership’s Water Measurement Initiative in 2016. Also in the near future is the prospect of online travel booking engines displaying the carbon footprint of a stay upon booking.
“The number one question from users of HCMI is ‘how can I benchmark my carbon footprint?’ Now hoteliers around the world can easily access that information. We hope that the Hotel Footprinting Tool will accelerate learning and drive action on emissions reduction, and encourage more businesses to calculate and report on their business travel carbon footprint.” – Fran Hughes, ITP Director
The International Tourism Partnership is “a non-competitive platform for hotel industry leaders to share ideas, build relationships and work collaboratively to make this one of the world’s most responsible industries.” Greenview is a sustainability consultancy and research firm that specializes in travel and tourism and plays a significant role in advancing measurement and reporting in the hospitality industry.
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