26 June 2013 — A new online tool developed by the travel and tourism industry in partnership with KPMG is allowing hotels to measure their carbon footprints in a standardised way and meet global carbon reporting standards.

The Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative has been picked up by 15,000 hotels around the world, including leading groups like Accor, Hilton, Hyatt and InterContinental.

For some time, companies have been measuring the carbon footprint of their major events, and either partially or fully offsetting the emissions to make them carbon neutral. Using a simple questionnaire to assess the transport used by guests and staff, many companies record and report on the travel footprint of major investor meetings such as AGMs.

While hotels have been responding to increasing demands from event organisers to provide environmental information, hotels use various metrics to measure their carbon impact such as per square foot, per square metre, per room and per guest night. So, measuring and comparing the footprint of conference venues hasn’t always been so straightforward.

That is, until The World Travel & Tourism Council stepped in with The International Tourism Partnership. These London-based organisations, representing the global travel and tourism industry, partnered with KPMG last year to develop a common methodology known as The Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative.

A new version of this tool was released this month and, in total, 15,000 hotels have signed up around the world, including 23 leading hotel groups such as Accor, Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Corporation, InterContinental Hotels Group and Starwood.

The tool has been designed to meet global carbon reporting standards, but is also practical enough for the smallest bed and breakfasts to implement.

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