Could the hospitality industry do more to stop carbon emissions?

A study by the UK-based Sustainable Hospitality Alliance disclosed that the hotel industry needs to reduce its carbon emissions by 66 percent per room by 2030. As the accommodation industry will continue to expand, so will its contribution to carbon emissions.

According to the Urban Land Institute –  a leading global network of cross-disciplinary real estate and land use experts – hotels and accommodation venues use more energy than offices, retail complexes, and multifamily housing complexes. There are various ways for hotel owners to play a responsible role in this respect: one of the best ways to decarbonize is investing in renewable energy. Switching to renewable energy sources reduces reliance on fossil fuels. The use of single-use toiletries in accommodations increases the plastic problem. Consequently, using bath amenity dispensers can make a difference. And then there is the food waste!  A study in the UK found that food waste can create methane, which has 25 times more global warming and emissions effect.

These statistics illustrate how important it is for accommodation owners to become more proactive about their food waste. Conclusion: diminishing hotel carbon emissions can be a great tactic to make one’s accommodation a ‘preferred’ location.