Green Hotels Global

The online source of information on the environmental performance of hotels worldwide


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Green Hotels Global is a system that provides metrics-based information on the environmental footprint of hotels.

Hotels that use the Green Hotels Global program can accurately report to existing and prospective clients the carbon footprint, energy consumption, water usage and waste generation associated with room-night usage and event bookings.

Green Hotels Global is a consolidation of the major hotel environmental credentials, combined with a metrics-based online interactive software system, allowing for individual properties and chain-level management to quantify, reduce and report on their environmental footprint from all aspects of their operations.

In addition to giving hotels a robust environmental tool, Green Hotels Global provides major top-line revenue potential. It drives new business to those properties that participate due to the usefulness of the qualitative and quantitative environmental data submitted to the decision makers around room-night bookings, and meeting and event site selection.

Green Hotels Global has been designed to assist hotels qualify under standards pertaining to Green Meetings and Events. These standards are expected to be an important qualifier for hotels seeking the business of corporations, governments, and other organizations that are committed to reducing the carbon footprint of their business travel and events.

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Green Hotels Global provides tracking of ongoing environmental progress in a standardized format, thereby establishing consistency, transparency and reportable metrics.

The Green Hotels Global tool provides a complete system for qualitative and quantitative environmental information and data. It is a consolidated system by which hotels can track, quantify, reduce and report on their environmental footprint from their operations. This tool follows the measurement guidelines of the International Tourism Partnership (ITP) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

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Green Hotels Global allows site selection professionals and corporate travel planners to easily identify environmentally responsible hotels through a standardized reporting format. This tool gives hotels the simplicity of monitoring and reporting their environmental progress in a way that is both useful and credible to their clients.

Key Features

• Carbon & Energy Management Tool
• Ease of Use
• Minimal Time Allocation
• External Reporting Features
• Internal Reporting Features
• Budget & Project Planning Tool
• Alignment with APEX / ASTM Standards for Green Meetings & Events
• New Business Generator


The Green Hotels Global system tracks and measures greenhouse gas emissions, waste diversion and water consumption for each hotel property. The methodology used for carbon measurement follows the guidelines of the International Tourism Partnership (ITP) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), as well as the GHG Protocol of the World Resources Institute and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

Boundaries for greenhouse gas quantification follow the operational control approach.

Each hotel property’s carbon footprint is based on its Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions, as listed below:

Scope 1 emissions
• Stationary combustion fuels used
• Mobile combustion (if applicable) based on ITP/WTTC recommended default value of 1% of total GHG emissions
• Fugitive emissions from air conditioning based on ITP/WTTC recommended default value of 1% of total GHG emissions

Scope 2 emissions
• Electricity and district energy purchased from utility (emissions factors from utility specific source energy)

Other components of each property’s environmental performance include:
• Water consumption
• Waste diversion rate
• EnergyStar rating (if applicable)

The Green Hotels Global tool provides facility-normalized environmental metrics per occupied room-night and per square foot, and weather-normalized metrics per heating and cooling degree day.
Green Hotels Global has a multi-pronged audit procedure that includes on-site audits.

Features of the Green Hotels Global online tool include:
• Specific hotel measurements on a per-occupied-room-night and square foot basis, as well as weather-normalized footprints
• Baseline comparisons
• Benchmark performance
• Current performance
• Overall greenhouse gas emissions and intensity
• Overall water use and intensity
• Waste diversion rates
• Historical tracking
• Monthly and annualized performance monitoring
• Target setting to allow for environmental impact management and reduction
• Individual property performance and chain-level portfolio comparisons

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