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Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions & Energy

2 | Advancing

Corporate Office

Minimise negative impacts and initiate positive impacts


By the end of this stage you will have achieved the following outcomes from the Pathway Framework:

Application of policy, monitoring and oversight.

  • Near term SBTi (Science Based Targets) target for Scope 1and 2 emissions on group level is achieved.
  • Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions are mapped and data collection processes are in place.
  • New energy efficiency and carbon reduction solutions and initiatives have been investigated and strategic initiatives ones have been implemented.
  • Potential for on-site or locally sited renewables has been reviewed.

Setting up for success

Take ownership

Identify owners across all key organisational teams

Implement a Sustainability Monitoring System (SMS) if not done already

Review and update governance procedures

Engage stakeholders

Review and engage stakeholders previously mapped, and identify any additional key external stakeholders in the value chain to engage with

Find other brands and management companies you can learn from

Establish a feedback mechanism for key stakeholders to comment on sustainability initiatives

Check whether there are any local, regional or national plans that could be aligned to support wider efforts

Understand impact & dependencies

1. Gather data and calculate Scope 1 and 2 emissions
Resource: Net Zero Methodology for Hotels
2. Gain an understanding of what Scope 3 emissions are, what sources you have and which might be the most material to you
Resource: Reporting in line with the TCFD (Section 4.0)
3. Map climate risks related to the portfolio of hotels and incorporate into existing risk management processes
4. Start to map out the products and services that you purchase or mandate through your standards which contribute to your energy- and climate-related impacts the most
Resource: Net Zero Methodology for Hotels

Set targets

5. Review and strengthen company targets, property-level targets for managed hotels, and suggested targets for franchised hotels. They should include reducing Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions as well as overall energy consumption. They should also include increasing resilience to climate-related risks

Take action

6. Review available guidance to identify and select additional relevant actions which help decarbonise. You should include mitigation plans for climate risks, initiatives to improve climate resilience, company-level initiatives focused on energy efficiency, and renewable energy procurement (where procured centrally)
7. Engage key suppliers to see what their energy commitments are, share targets set and how they can help achieve goals
8. Join efforts that advocate for smart economic incentives that support hotel environmental efforts
9. Determine financial and non-financial resources needed, create a business case and gather required resources
Resource: Responsible Procurement Factsheet
10. Update procurement policies to include environmental considerations and develop a supplier code of conduct
11. Update brand standards (and standard operating procedures, if set at corporate level) to better support decarbonisation
Resource: Environmental Management for Hotels (Section 1.6)
12. Raise employee awareness of environmental commitments, and their role in achieving them
13. Engage with customers and enable them to make more environmental choices

Reviewing & Reporting Progress

Monitor & Report

Conduct an external audit on key environmental and social data

Review progress by comparing against previous performance and industry benchmarks where available (such as CHSB). Repeat on a regular basis (e.g. monthly/quarterly)

Review benefits seen through actions

Review challenges encountered along the way and plan solutions to implement

Update leadership on progress

Create a revolving fund to reinvest savings from efficiency measures into new sustainability initiatives, if not done already

Inform corporate customers and investors of performance and activities by including information in communications and meetings

Publicly report progress against company targets on an annual basis
This guidance was developed with support from Considerate Group                                 

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As hospitality companies progress towards Net Positive Hospitality, the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance is keen to share good news and best practice from across the industry. Our Net Positive case studies are shared across our website and LinkedIn, acting as a positive space to celebrate these actions, achievements, and commitments.

We invite hotels to get involved by sending case studies to press@sustainablehospitalityalliance.org and / or tagging @Net Positive Hospitality and @Sustainable Hospitality Alliance within LinkedIn posts relating to environmental sustainability or social responsibility.

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