Launch of new online tool to streamline hotel carbon footprint calculations
A streamlined online solution developed to help hotel management teams monitor CO2 emissions and ramp up sustainability efforts has become a reality as carbon management experts, Hotel CO2 unveil their new look website.
The innovative digital tool transforms the CO2 reporting process for hospitality professionals, making it easy for managers to calculate hotel carbon footprint size at both room and meeting room level. Based on the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI) methodology developed by International Tourism Partnership and the World Travel & Tourism Council, it is supported by 23 of the world’s leading hotel companies.
Using this extensive industry knowledge, the new Hotel CO2 website has been developed to be supremely hotelier-friendly. It generates useful and actionable metrics at the touch of a button including the total carbon footprint per room-night and meeting space usage. There is also the option to tailor reporting to meet client demand, with custom calculations such as the total carbon footprint of a specific event generated in seconds.
Swift, sophisticated and with no prior knowledge of carbon emissions needed, Hotel CO2 can be used by hotels of all classes, sizes and in any location. Part of a new wave of hospitality technology growing up in the green hotels niche, Hotel CO2 is at the forefront of industry efforts to become more accountable and more responsive to sustainability demands.
Neal Cassadi, Managing Director said, “The launch of the new Hotel CO2 website is a key resource for hoteliers and a landmark event for the development of green hotels. The concept of sustainability is more of a talking point than ever and the ability to manage and report on hotel carbon emissions is just as much a sales tool as it is a corporate social responsibility. We know that customers and other stakeholders are increasingly asking for carbon footprint information and while cost and convenience will always remain key factors in travel decisions, customers are increasingly willing to trade up for sustainability. The environmental impact of travel is becoming an important third factor for companies and individuals alike, with research from Deloitte suggesting that 95% of business travellers think the hotel industry has a duty to undertake green initiatives and 40% willing to pay a premium for it.
“The Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) 2013 Hotel RFP requests guestroom-specific data on energy and carbon and we predict this will expand to include other bodies and associations over time. Hotel CO2 is cost effective and affordable, putting effective hotel carbon emissions management at the fingertips of any venue.”
Hotel CO2’s carbon management tool for hotels puts a suite of useful, actionable data in the hands of managers including the ability to gather overarching information about the property’s energy consumption over a 12 month period and a six-step CO2 emissions calculation. The tool can also be used to communicate CO2 responses to RFPs and corporate clients based on industry approved methodology and allow clients to calculate the carbon footprint of their own events at the venue. Critically the Hotel CO2 app also gives hoteliers tools to improve performance by benchmarking consumption against best practice and engage with staff, suppliers and customers to reduce consumption.
Hotels which are already using the HCMI methodology in internal systems and brand standards can also delve into the site to maximise their efforts. HotelCO2 can be used as a bolt on to existing efforts to help calculate the CO2 emissions from client events and benchmark energy consumption as well as provide assistance and verification services.