Whitbread joins the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance

UK: Whitbread, which owns Premier Inn as well as a range of pub and restaurant brands, has joined the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance.

UK: Whitbread, which owns Premier Inn as well as a range of pub and restaurant brands, has joined the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance.

Through its sustainability programme ‘Force for Good’, Whitbread is aiming to have a positive impact on its guests and the environment. 

To deliver this vision, the company has set long-term strategic targets, including reaching net zero by 2040, eliminating unnecessary single-use plastic by 2025 and cutting food waste by 50 per cent by 2030. 

Whitbread owns and operates the majority of its properties with over 800 hotels and 400 restaurants in the UK and a growing footprint in Germany.

By becoming part of the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, Whitbread is joining a global network which represents almost 40 per cent of the industry by rooms and brings the hospitality industry together with strategic and supply chain partners to work collectively on issues affecting the planet and its people.

Glenn Mandziuk, CEO of the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, said: “We are delighted to welcome Whitbread into our growing membership. Their prominence in the UK market, combined with their strong focus on their people, local communities and the environment, will bring valuable insight and practical expertise to our community of responsible hospitality leaders. By working together as an industry, we can ensure that we are giving back to society and local destinations, and make net positive hospitality a reality.”

Rosana Elias, head of sustainability at Whitbread said: “We’re incredibly pleased to be joining the Alliance. ESG is a really important area of focus and we’re clear that by working together with our peers, innovating and collaborating, we will all stand a better chance of driving forward positive change. We’re delighted to continue our work in this area as part of the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance and support the move towards a net positive hospitality industry”.

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.”

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The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance updates carbon tool for a comparable approach to carbon, water and waste reporting

UK: The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance has updated its Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI) to make a tool which offers a comparable, transparent approach to carbon, water and waste reporting.

UK: The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance has updated its Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI) to make a tool which offers a comparable, transparent approach to carbon, water and waste reporting.

The tool, which was developed more than 10 years ago has been updated after user feedback and research by Cornell University’s Center for Hospitality Research.

The latest version has been updated to align with GHG Protocol guidance and to better incorporate renewable energy with the support of Greenview. Publicly available carbon emissions factors have also been added into the tool to make it more accessible. 

The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance is calling on the hospitality industry, including corporate clients and booking platforms, to use common measurement metrics to ensure a transparent and globally comparable approach to carbon, water and waste reporting.

Glenn Mandziuk, CEO, Sustainable Hospitality Alliance said: “With sustainability rightly becoming an increasingly important focus for the industry and their guests, clients, investors and suppliers, it is vital that the industry has the tools to measure and monitor their impact, and can be accurately recognised for their progress. We therefore all need to be speaking the same language by using consistent and robust methods and we are proud to be updating HCMI which will enable everyone to focus on minimising negative impacts and accelerate action towards net positive hospitality for people and planet.” 

HCMI has been the only industry-recognised carbon calculation methodology for more than ten years. The methodology is used widely across the industry by over 30,000 hotels including those of Hyatt, Marriott International, Radisson Hotel Group and Scandic, and some business travel platforms.

Kerry Douglas, Head of Programme, Institute of Travel Management (ITM)

“In our most recent survey of ITM’s buyer members ‘influencing sustainable practice’ ranked

as the second biggest challenge that they face currently when it comes to managing travel. Our buyer members want and need transparent and comparable data from hotels to support their sustainability initiatives and provide their travellers and organisations alike with the insights needed to understand, manage and report on the impact of their business travel. This is why programmes such as the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance’s HCMI are so important in giving hotels a recognised methodology to calculate carbon footprint per occupied room per day. We would certainly encourage hotels to use HCMI and provide accurate and benchmarkable data to their corporate customers.”  

We recently reported the news that Sustainable Hospitality Alliancehas teamed up with several leading industry organisations to use of HCMI including World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) and the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), who will incorporate it into the guidance they give to the industry and corporate travel managers. 

Delphine Millot, SVP Sustainability, Global Business Travel Association said: “Harmonising the way emissions are measured on an industry-wide, global scale is critical to allow corporations to effectively calculate and compare emissions from their hotel stays. Earlier this year, GBTA’s study on the State of Sustainability for Global Business Travel, showed that almost two-thirds (63 per cent) of the industry identifies the lack of transparent sustainability data as a main barrier to climate action. HCMI, given its accuracy, availability and transparency, provides the right framework for the hospitality sector. GBTA looks forward to collaborating with the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance to ensure a wider use and uptake of HCMI as a go-to standard for hotels’ carbon measurement.” 

The methodology has also been recognised at the governmental level, with data based on it used in the UK government’s greenhouse gas reporting calculator1. It also supports users of the One Planet Network’s Glasgow Declaration for Climate Action in Tourism.

Free for all the industry, HCMI generates robust, comparable data which can be used to inform buyer decision-making, in addition to helping hotels track their carbon reduction progress. The methodology applies to all hotels, large or small, regardless of amenities offered. It can be built into existing systems or used as a stand-alone tool, by those without their own systems, making HCMI accessible to every hotel in the world.

Alongside HCMI, the Hotel Water Measurement Initiative (HWMI) and the Hotel Waste Measurement Methodology (HWMM) are available to help hotels provide consistent and transparent data on their water and waste footprints. 

All three methodologies are 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.

HCMI was originally developed by the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance and WTTC in collaboration with 23 leading global hospitality companies, and reviewed by external experts including the World Resources Institute (WRI).

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The American Hotel and Lodging Association partners with the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance 

US: The American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) and the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance (the Alliance) have announced a new strategic partnership to drive forward sustainability and ESG efforts in the hospitality sector.

US: The American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) and the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance (the Alliance) have announced a new strategic partnership to drive forward sustainability and ESG efforts in the hospitality sector.

The announcement of the partnership follows a two-day summit , hosted by the Alliance, which brought together senior hospitality leaders and strategic partners to discuss current sustainability efforts and challenges, discover insights from expert speakers on collaboration and leadership and develop a long-term sustainability strategy for the future that enables every part of the industry to contribute towards achieving net positive hospitality.

Chip Rogers, president and CEO of AHLA said: “AHLA and the AHLA Foundation are proud to enter this partnership with the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, as many of our member brands are already on the leading edge of ESG efforts in the hospitality sector. America’s hotels recognise the industry-transforming potential of a sustainability strategy that addresses the environmental impacts of waste, water, energy and sourcing across operations and want to ensure we are reducing our environmental footprint without compromising the needs of our guests. This partnership will also strengthen our career development and human trafficking work, further extending our impact on the communities we serve.”

Glenn Mandziuk, CEO of the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance said: “We are delighted to be partnering with AHLA to promote social and environmental sustainability across the industry. This co-operation will enable us to reach a large portion of the US industry, including small and medium-sized hotels, and give both our organisations the platform to create, test and roll out innovative solutions to enable the industry to have a regenerative impact and give back to their local communities, environments and places.”

Alliance members make up 35 per cent of the global hotel industry by rooms and include 21 world-leading hotel companies and strategic partners, many of which are also AHLA members. 

AHLA is the largest hotel association in the US representing all segments of the industry including more than 30,000 members and the 10 largest hotel companies nationwide. In addition to major reductions in water usage and energy across the sector, America’s hotels have made significant commitments to reduce waste and source responsibly through innovative programs and partnerships with organisations like the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance.

The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance recently signed a commitment to work together on sustainability issues with the World Travel and Tourism Council.

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