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Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative

The tourism industry accounts for approximately five per cent of global carbon emissions, with the hotel sector generating approximately 20 per cent of these emissions.


Fast Fact

Established in May 2011, HCMI addresses inconsistencies in hotel companies’ approaches to reducing their carbon footprint, while developing a standard way to communicate this concept

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The Objective

Hotel operators have recognised the importance of minimising the environmental impact of their operations and are keen to reduce their carbon footprint. Until recently, however, there hasn’t been a single, agreed upon approach to the measurement, definition or communication of the carbon footprint created by staying at or holding a meeting in a hotel. This inconsistency has led to confusion within the industry.
TreadRight and Red Carnation Hotels teamed up with a group of more than 20 global hospitality companies, The International Tourism Partnership (ITP) and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), to develop a clear and consistent method to measure, define and calculate the impact of staying at, or holding a meeting in, a hotel. These leaders within the hotel industry have come together to form the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI).

The Impact

For the first time ever, as part of the HCMI working group, leaders within the hotel industry from around the world came together to create a single way to calculate carbon footprint, as well as a consistent way to communicate these impacts.

The initial phase of the project produced a base guideline and methodology for calculating the carbon footprint of hotel stays and meetings. Phase two focused on testing and refining the methodology, and working with stakeholders to ensure their engagement.

These efforts have resulted in the establishment of the ‘Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative 1.0’. HCMI 1.0 was tested by 52 hotels representing different geographical regions, sizes, styles, climates and offerings to ensure it would be workable for the industry at large.

The next step is to ensure that the hotel members, industry and consumers recognise and adopt this new methodology. HCMI will continue to refine and review the methodology based on feedback from hoteliers and other stakeholders.

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