Offsetting carbon emissions of hotels

International Tourism Pollution
CO2 emissions from international tourism accounts for 5% of the world’s total. Not surprisingly, most C02 emissions are related to traveler transportation, with aviation accounting for 40%, cars 32% and hotel accommodations 21%. (United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Hotel energy uses include lighting, heating, cooling, cleaning, escalators, spa/pool/sauna facilities, etc. Energy use greatly differs per country, city and even hotels and resorts within cities. A general rule is that more luxurious accommodations consume more energy. The harsher a country’s climate, the more energy is required for cooling and heating.

Associated CO2 emissions is dependent on the energy sources used by the hotel (e.g. renewable or fossil fuels). In its Tourism in the Green Economy – Background Report (Madrid, 2012), the UNWTO references scientific studies to calculate the average CO2 emissions per type of accommodation. Estimated global average energy use per guest per night in hotels is 130 Mega Joules (MJ). This corresponds to 20.6 kg CO2 per overnight hotel stay and is considered a conservative estimation. GreenHotelWorld commits to offset all CO2 per overnight stay booked via our website. This assures you of a carbon neutral overnight stay, actively participating in sustainable travel, neutralizing your carbon footprint, and is approved by our CO2 offset partner myclimate.

Offsetting Carbon Emissions of Hotel Stays
GreenHotelWorld is a climate friendly initiative and therefore we offset the carbon emissions of all overnight stays of travelers through our cooperation with myclimate. myclimate engages in sustainable climate protection activities worldwide and is one of the world’s leading providers of voluntary carbon offsetting measures. myclimate’s carbon offset projects are characterised by adherence to extremely strict criteria (Gold Standard, Plan Vivo)* and by contributing to a sustainable development in the project region. myclimate also provides a comprehensive range of sustainability consulting services and uses climate education projects to sensitize people to climate change and climate protection.

*Gold Standard projects must be implemented following best practice rules, consult with local stakeholders, continually reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the environment and people’s lives. Plan Vivo is a framework for supporting communities to manage their natural resources more sustainably, with a view to generating climate, livelihood and ecosystem benefits.

We have selected the following CO2 offset projects

Biogas India Kolar Biogas Project in Karnataka, India
With the carbon offset project “Kolar Biogas Project“, myclimate and its local partner SKG Sangha contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and to less degradation of the forest.The local community directly profits from money and time savings on fuel wood and its collection and suffers less from indoor pollution. The project installs domestic biogas plants in approximately 10,000 rural households in Karnataka State, India.The biogas installations are fed with animal dung and kitchen wastewater. The generated gas is then mainly used for cooking. In addition, the slurry of the remaining manure serves as high quality fertiliser replacing chemical products.The biogas plant removes the need for firewood consumption, thus lightening the burden of collecting firewood on women and children. At the same time, the cleaning of the kitchen and pots used for cooking is easier as biogas is a clean burning fuel and does not produce the levels of soot and other particulate matter that is produced by burning fuel wood and kerosene. Read more
Reforestation Nicaragua Reforestation initiative in San Juan de Limay, Nicaragua
Community-based reforestation initiative in the Platanares watershed in the municipality of San Juan de Limay, Nicaragua, smallholder farming families collaborate to reforest underutilised portions of their land.Thanks to better land-use management and more sustainable use of forest resources the forest cover of the nearby watershed will be increased and the quality of life of Limay residents will be improved.Three different types of plantations are applied on the farmers’ properties: Mixed species plantations, boundary planting and silvopastoral planting. All of the species planted are native to the region and are chosen in consultation with local smallholder groups and professional foresters.By October 2013, 233 smallholders were participating putting a total of 643.48 ha (this equals about 900 soccer fields) under reforestation sequestering a total of 190,663 tons of CO2 over the project crediting period. Read more
Cook stoves Kenia Energy efficient cook stoves in Siaya, Kenya
This project promotes energy efficient cook stoves for rural communities in Siaya County in Nyanza Province, Western Kenya.Community Savings and Loaning (CSL) Groups enhance the financial capacities of rural households in the project area using a traditional three-stone fireplace for cooking, resulting in the burning of large amounts of firewood in a very inefficient way.The construction of 48,900 completely efficient cook stoves within seven years for households in Siaya County will reduce the negative ecological impacts of the traditional cook stoves. The program is helping to reduce CO2 while making a significant contribution to sustainable development in the region. This carbon offset project is certified by the Gold Standard Foundation. Read more

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