Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiaitve

Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiaitve

In this former project, TreadRight aided The HCMI in addressing inconsistencies in the way hotels approach reducing their carbon footprint, while developing a standard way to communicate this concept.


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.

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 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).

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.

These efforts 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.


This project promoted sustainable business practices for the hotel industry and encouraged them to report on sustainability information through an established framework. This project was a collaboration among industry peers to develop a singular tool to measure a hotel’s carbon footprint.

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