Call for ‘climate action hub’ to help sector reach Net Zero

by: Felicity Cousins | September 7, 2023

EUROPE: HOTREC, which represents the hospitality sector in Europe, has released a report about sustainability calling for an online climate action hub.

Produced by TOPOSOPHY Ltd, The Net Zero Hospitality Roadmap – helping the hospitality sector transition to a greener future, highlights what has been done already, as well as what needs to come, including a call for an “accelerated response from the hospitality industry to the climate emergency”. 

The 64-page report analyses the challenges the hotel sector faces in terms of measuring emissions, reporting on emissions and the education and awareness of sustainability issues for both staff and guests. Its aim is to provide a roadmap for the sector to achieve Net Zero emissions.

The report suggests the creation of an online Climate Action Hub for the hospitality sector – for guidance and methodologies for measuring emissions.

To help with these methodologies it offers the ‘Net Zero Methodology for Hotels’ (2021) which serves as a comprehensive guide to reach Net Zero. The guide was developed by Greenview, with Tourism Declares, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), as well as various hotel, tourism, and climate change organisations.

Alexander Vassilikos president of HOTREC said in the report: “The hospitality sector stands united to reach the global climate goals. Investments done today will mean lower energy costs, healthier environment and improved resilience in the future.”

Vassilikos concedes that the sector has had a challenging few years and is still facing unique stresses across the board from the impact of the Ukraine war to Covid recovery, high interest rate and energy cost hikes. 

You can read The Net Zero Hospitality Roadmap – helping the hospitality sector transition to a greener future here.

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