Net positive hospitality at heart of sustainable partnership

UK: The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance and the Considerate Group have teamed up to help advance net positive hospitality.

UK: The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance and the Considerate Group have teamed up to help advance net positive hospitality.

The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance (the Alliance), the leading network for responsible hospitality, and sustainable advisory firm, Considerate Group, have announced an agreement to support the hospitality industry to become measurably more sustainable. 

Alliance CEO Glenn Mandziuk and Considerate Group Managing Partner & CSO Xenia zu Hohenlohe met with His Majesty King Charles III at a reception at Buckingham Palace, which was also attended by UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. Global CEOs and politicians also attended.

The agreement will represent the hospitality industry as part of a co-ordinated private sector effort to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable future. 

Both organisations have a strong focus on impact monitoring and reporting, and aim to innovate measurement tools to better support and deliver services to the hospitality industry.

The Alliance recently updated its global methodology and tool for carbon measurement, the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI), as well as offering water and waste measurement resources. 

HCMI is now being used by over 30,000 hotels worldwide including those of Hyatt, Marriott International and Radisson Hotel Group, as well as being recognised by business travel platforms, Cornell Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking Index (CHSB), and business associations.

Considerate Group’s Con-Serve data-monitoring platform enables hospitality clients to measure resource consumption and broader ESG metrics including electricity, heat, water, waste, food miles, business travel and volunteer hours and aligns to the HCMI. The Considerate Group’s tailor-made, hands-on consultancy services also helps hospitality businesses to set and achieve their sustainability goals. 

Glenn Mandziuk, CEO, Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, said: “We have a history of collaboration with the Considerate Group and I am hugely positive about the momentous projects that we are leading together. This partnership will support the advancement of Net Positive Hospitality through research, development and promotion, and together we’ll drive industry action on biodiversity, climate change and other leading issues.”

Xenia zu Hohenlohe, Considerate group managing partner & CSO, said: “We are delighted and honoured to be partnering with the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, as such a highly recognised organisation with a truly international reach. Their solid frameworks set guiding principles which the entire industry can follow. This collaboration will help us drive the much-needed change in our sector and achieve goals the entire planet needs, as well as focusing on creating a positive impact for hospitality businesses.”

Greenview partners with Sustainable Hospitality Alliance 

UK: The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance and Greenview have become partners to advance sustainability across the hotel industry.

UK: The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance and Greenview have become partners to advance sustainability across the hotel industry.

The two have signed a cooperation agreement which will combine the Alliance’s industry leadership, and sector-specific experience, with Greenview’s expertise in sustainability programmes and data management.

The idea is that the partnership will help with creating innovative tools and initiatives to support the industry to work towards Net Positive Hospitality.

The two have worked together before with the development of the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI) – which enables hotels to measure the carbon footprint of stays, meetings and events. 

Glenn Mandziuk, Sustainable Hospitality Alliance CEO, said: “If we are to progress towards net positive hospitality, it is essential that hotels, partners and clients have access to reliable tools to understand the impact of the industry. Having worked collaboratively with Greenview to develop pioneering tools for a number of years, this new agreement will ensure that any and all hotels around the world are able to measure their impact and help create alignment in order to drive significant progress.”

The recently updated HCMI tool is applicable to all hotels, no matter their size, amenities, or experience in carbon reporting, and is now used by over 30,000 hotels worldwide. 

As the only industry-recognised carbon calculation methodology for over ten years, HCMI provides consistent, transparent, and globally comparable data, enabling hotels to inform buyer decision-making and track their carbon reduction progress. The tool is used in the Cornell Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking index (CHSB), the largest industry initiative of its kind which enables hotels and their customers to benchmark sustainability performance.

Greenview and the Alliance have also worked together to create the Hotel Destination Water Risk Index and build the Hotel Water Measurement Initiative, as well as collaborating with Tourism Declares, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) to create the Net Zero Methodology.

By working in collaboration with the hospitality industry, alongside expert partners, the Alliance strives to help hotels understand their relationship with the planet and its inhabitants and take crucial steps towards a more regenerative hospitality industry that gives back more than it takes.

Eric Ricaurte, Greenview Founder and CEO, said: “As ESG reporting becomes increasingly essential for companies around the world, we are proud to be working alongside the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance to ensure hotels and their networks have access to the latest tools and initiatives. Through this joined up approach we aim to facilitate hotels to not only keep track of their impact, but also understand and communicate their progression towards a more sustainable future.”

Image from Sustainable Hospitality Alliance.

Hotel sourcing platform adds sustainability data

US: BTP Automation has partnered with industry leader Thrust Carbon to power a sustainable hotel sourcing platform. 

US: BTP Automation has partnered with industry leader Thrust Carbon to power a sustainable hotel sourcing platform. 

The BTP Green Care Index, is an automated technology to address sustainability in the hotel sourcing process. This means travellers can see at the point of booking which hotel has the greenest credentials, bringing transparency and real time data to a previously murky moment of choice.

The partnership incorporates BTP’s proprietary hotel sourcing platform, which delivers pre-trip, real-time, actionable data through their Intelligent Hotel Sourcing technology with real-time Thrust Carbon key hotel sustainability data and reporting.

Kit Brennan, founder and director of Thrust Carbon said: “One of the key barriers to more sustainable travel is data to answer the question: where do I stay to lower my footprint? With this extremely exciting partnership, BTP Automation is able to utilise Thrust Carbon’s intelligence solutions to put that answer in the hands of millions of travellers. In turn, we think this will further create impetus for hotels to lower their footprint to ensure they score higher on BTP Automation’s system, creating a flywheel of sustainability.“

Bruce Yoxsimer, CEO of BTP Automation added: “The BTP Green Care Index marks a significant step towards making key sustainability requirements visible to our customers during the hotel sourcing process. With this new feature, a company’s global hotel carbon emissions are upfront in the negotiation decision, which is a first for our industry. We are thrilled to partner with the leader in this space, Thrust Carbon, to bring this innovation to the market. ” 

Business Travel Performance (BTP) Automation provides continuous data-driven refinement of the negotiated hotel programme that considers actual travel patterns and changing market conditions. It can automatically and dynamically renegotiate programme terms and conditions throughout the hotel programme life cycle. The entire system can be used in a fully automated mode, eliminating the need for manual RFP generation and delivery.

Thrust Carbon is a leading carbon intelligence platform in travel, with an aim to report, reduce, and remove emissions. Its IATA & BTN award-winning products integrate and deliver market-leading accuracy and transparency, which helps to drive the industry towards net zero.

In other news about sustainable hotel data reporting, the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance has just updated its carbon metric data system meaning more clarification and transparency on carbon, water and waste across the global hotel industry. See here for the full story.

1 Hotel Miami Beach receives 2022 Green Good Design Award

US: Luxury hotel, 1 Hotel South Beach, has been awarded a 2022 Green Good Design Award from The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

US: Luxury hotel, 1 Hotel South Beach, has been awarded a 2022 Green Good Design Award from The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

The 435-room hotel, which is LEED Silver Certified and carbon neutral, offers guests the opportunity to be sustainable during their stay through experiences such as dining in the farm to table restaurants, or donating clothes to be recycled. There are also workshops for younger guests to learn about nature, and the opportunity to take the hotel’s electric car for a drive around Miami. 

Architects Kobi Karp Architecture & Interior Design Inc have used natural recycled materials where possible, such as wood and stone, and there is a living wall as well. The building uses a water filtration system to deter guests from having bottled water, as well as having an energy efficient heating and cooling building system.

1 Hotels has offset 19,171 tons of CO2 since it started recording the data. To put that into perspective, one ton of CO2 is the equivalent of driving 23,000 miles or once around the world.

Three of the group’s hotels are LEED Silver certified including the Miami Beach property while 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge gained a LEED Gold certification. Three of the group’s hotels are in the process of being certified for LEED.

In other design news Fosters + Partners is designing a sustainable development on the Red Sea.

Avani Hotels signs UNESCO Sustainable Travel Pledge

THAILAND: Avani Hotels, part of the global hospitality group Minor Hotels, has signed the UNESCO Sustainable Travel Pledge. 

THAILAND: Avani Hotels, part of the global hospitality group Minor Hotels, has signed the UNESCO Sustainable Travel Pledge. 

Launched in 2019, and in collaboration between UNESCO and Expedia Group, the UNESCO Sustainable Travel Pledge aims to promote sustainable travel, community resilience and heritage conservation globally and counts the EU Ecolabel and Green Tourism Accreditation among its members.

As a result of signing the pledge, every Avani hotel or resort must hold an independently audited Green Growth 2050 certification.

Avani has joined several global pledge campaigns such as Google’s Green Leaf Eco-certification, Booking.com’s Travel Sustainable Scheme, the upcoming GHA Green Collection and most recently the UNESCO Sustainable Travel Pledge, in partnership with Expedia Group.

As part of Avani Hotels’ goal to become a Net Zero Carbon organisation by 2050 Avani has also introduced science-based targets for energy, carbon and water intensity, as well as pledging to cut organic waste to landfill in half in the next eight years. 

Avani has pledged to reduce the usage of single use plastic by 75 per cent by 2024 – that’s just over 12 months away – and every nature-based property will support long term habitat or species conservation by next year.

Avani has more than 30 properties to add to the list of signatories to the UNESCO Sustainable Travel Pledge.

Manuel Melenchon, vice president of operations Asia for Minor Hotels. Said: At Avani, we uphold [the] belief that travel is a force for good and are committed to supporting sustainable tourism both on property and industry level. We are proud to be joining our sister brand Anantara and other global hospitality and travel players in developing a platform for the travel community to push for step change in climate action.”

Avani, along with sister brand Anantara, became the first major hotel brand to eradicate plastic straws at every single property in Asia. 

Avani is also looking at using recycled tree bark to turn into packaging for the hotel’s all-natural soaps and other toiletries.

In 2021, both Avani Palm View Dubai Hotel & Suites (pictured) and Avani Ibn Battuta Dubai Hotel were awarded the Green Growth 2050 certification for their sustainability practices. Avani Palm View Dubai received Green Growth’s Platinum certification in recognition of its water and energy conservation programmes; aluminium-can, glass and cooking oil recycling; tree planting; green public transport awareness campaign for guests; and more.

Avani Hotels is currently developing an app that will facilitate paperless check-in, check-out, and billing by prioritising digital payments and other paperless transactions.

Google recently added a filter which shows world recognised eco-certified hotels for its travel search engine.