Hospitality

The hospitality industry strives to provide a convenient and comfortable stay for each guest. In today’s world, where travelers are demanding more eco-friendly lodging (without sacrificing comfort or quality), the industry must turn to increased sustainability and efficient resource management as a differentiator while reducing operating costs.

What challenges are hoteliers facing today?

According to the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, tourism contributes about 5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, which is expected to grow by 130 percent by 2035. Studies have also shown that in order for the global hotel industry to align with the goals of the Paris Agreement, it must reduce emissions per room, per year, by 66 percent by 2030 (compared to 2010 baseline).

Although the number of properties continuously fluctuates, there are approximately 187,000 hospitality properties worldwide, which adds up to significant resource use. Since guest rooms are independently controlled, hotels also face the unique challenge of having limited control over energy and water use (and savings). And to ensure a good guest experience, decisions are often decentralized and made at a property level rather than a central corporate level. Because of their distinct and globally-distributed portfolios, hoteliers also face a challenge collecting consistent, complete data for resource management and benchmarking.

Hotel sustainability is no longer a ‘nice to have’ trend or add-on to the guest experience. It must be a priority, woven into the entire network of operations.

What hospitality trends support the sustainability transformation?

What should hoteliers be thinking about?

Some of the following actions can help retailers address current trends and external pressures while maximizing savings and resource efficiency.

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21%

of hospitality industry reports on environmental performance

50%

of waste generated in hotels is food waste

15%

of total water use across all commercial buildings is hotels

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