Hotel industry moves to standardize carbon reporting

September 02, 2011

Many of the world's largest hotel chains have announced they will take part in a major initiative designed to deliver carbon footprinting and reporting standards for the global hospitality industry.

Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental Hotels Group and Marriott International are among a dozen global operators to form a new Carbon Measurement Working Group under the auspices of the International Tourism Partnership and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

The working group has been tasked with establishing a consensus on how to calculate and report on carbon emissions as part of an initiative to ensure that customers and investors can compare hotel carbon emissions on a like-for-like basis.

David Scowsill, president and chief executive of the WTTC, said the new standards would build on the hotel industry's previous efforts to curb its environmental impact through green investments and the setting of carbon emission targets.

The working group said it hoped to complete the first phase of the project and have agreed standards available by next year.