Energy accounts for 60% of a property’s carbon footprint. Hoteliers can reduce that number through low-cost, high-impact steps—many of which are being pushed by global chains.
Hotel companies are promoting actions to make their hotels more sustainable and reduce their impact on the environment. However, they still have limited tools to constrain their structures to respect their sustainability standards.
One idea to reinforce the value of a brand’s sustainability policies would be to include sustainability clauses within the operating agreements signed between the brands and their properties, defining which measures can be included (meaning the ones that can be measured and monitored) and how they can be regulated. Energy is one sustainability issue that can be monitored and easily controlled and reduced.
Even if energy costs represent a small percentage of hotel’s operating costs, their reduction can provide significant increases in revenue, especially in this economic climate where energy prices are increasing along with consumption.
By: Celine Vadam (HNN columnist)
The above is an extract of the original article available at: HotelNewsNow