About the Net Zero Methodology for Hotels
This methodology has been developed to support hotels and the wider hotel industry as they seek to make net-zero commitments and take action to achieve them. It sets out a recommended approach which is relevant for hotel companies of any size, but can be adapted as necessary to align with specific requirements of individual companies.
To operationalise the methodology, an accompanying ‘Practical Guide to Getting Started’ has been produced. This guide sets out the steps to be taken once the methodology has been reviewed and digested.
This methodology provides specific guidance in the following areas to help set a Net-Zero commitment:
- Setting a baseline from which to pursue a net-zero target
- Establishing the boundary of emissions that hotels should address over time as part of the baseline and target
- Establishing default categories for planning a net-zero pathway, with milestones to achieve at five-year intervals
- Understanding how the hotel’s emissions will relate to the wider value chain of tourism and real estate
- Commencing the net-zero planning for a commitment.
How was it created?
The methodology was developed in a joint initiative between Tourism Declares, Greenview, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Sustainable Hospitality Alliance and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and supported by an Advisory Group of experts of over 20 hotel companies from around the world, with broad stakeholder consultation.
This First Edition of the Net Zero Methodology for Hotels incorporates input and feedback from these groups. As with all nascent environmental, social and governance (ESG)-related frameworks, further iterations and evolution is expected as net zero also evolves.