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Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions & Energy

3 | Accelerating

Corporate Office

Neutralise negative impacts and build robust positive impacts


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

Value chain involvement.

  • Long term SBTi (Science Based Targets) aligned Net Zero Target for Scope 1 and 2 ambitious scope 3 reductions have been achieved.
  • An internal carbon pricing mechanism is in place.
  • A strategy for Beyond Value Chain Mitigation measures and an investment plan are in place
  • A sustainable travel policy has been created and implemented.
  • New energy efficiency and carbon reduction solutions and initiatives have been investigated and innovative ones have been implemented.
  • Innovative carbon reduction technologies are invested in.

Setting up for success

Take ownership

Enable owners across all organisational teams to be innovative

Review and update governance procedures

Engage stakeholders

Collaborate with key stakeholders to develop and test an innovation project

Find other brands and management companies you can learn from
Resource: Net Zero Methodology for Hotels (Appendix B)

Understand impact & dependencies

1. Determine sources of Scope 3 emissions
2. Establish a full carbon inventory including Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions
3. Explore embodied carbon related to items which you mandate for branded hotels

Set targets

4. Review, strengthen and extend carbon objectives for company targets, property-level targets for managed hotels, and suggested targets for franchised hotels, to include Scope 3 and a net zero goal. They should also include increasing resilience to climate-related risks
5. Demonstrate your commitments publicly

Take action

6. Review available guidance to identify and select additional relevant actions. You should include electrification of equipment, decarbonisation of energy sources, reduction of travel emissions and investigating carbon removal opportunities to decarbonise what's left
7. Modify brand standards to include procurement codes which apply to franchisees
8. Mitigate indirect (scope 3) emissions on an annual basis through carbon offsetting
9. Engage key suppliers to see what their energy and GHG commitments are, share targets set and how they can help achieve goals
10. Engage with national and international actors (governments, NGOs, conservation groups, partnerships, coalitions etc.) to align plans and increase the scale of progress towards decarbonisation and access to renewable energy sources
11. Determine financial and non-financial resources needed, create a business case and gather required resources
12. Assign internal financial metrics to environmental impacts such an internal cost or shadow price for carbon
Resource: Responsible Procurement Factsheet
13. Update procurement policies and develop a Supplier Code of Conduct and supplier evaluation process which includes environmental considerations
15. Engage with customers and enable them to make more environmental choices

Reviewing & Reporting Progress

Monitor & Report

Conduct an independent assessment for environmental and social impact

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

Document learnings and any recommendations for follow-on actions to share with internal and external stakeholders

Review benefits seen through actions

Review challenges encountered along the way and plan solutions to implement

Update leadership and staff on progress

Seek certification by a globally recognised certification programme (e.g. GSTC recognised or an ISO standard)

Inform corporate customers and investors of performance and activities

Report your progress publicly on an annual basis. Publish disaggregated data and align reporting with established frameworks, e.g. CDP, GRI, TCFD, Integrated Reporting
This guidance was developed with support from Considerate Group                                 

Share your case studies with us!

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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