Our 5-step pathway is supported by Hospitality New Zealand. It provides tailored tools and resources to the hotel sector to help lower their emissions and unlock business benefits.


Any hotel in New Zealand can access this pathway for free.

Your decarbonisation journey starts here

There are two ways to access the decarbonisation pathway.

Sign up for a series of curated emails below. We highly recommend this method as you will:

  • Be alerted as soon as new resources are added
  • Receive invitations to events and webinars
  • Be the first to know about new co-funding opportunities

Or you can jump straight into things by visiting our tools and resources page.

Tools and resources

The climate impact of the hotel sector

As part of our vibrant domestic and international travel and tourism industry, the hotel sector plays a vital role. From budget to luxury, there are hundreds of hotels to choose from around the country.

Each year, New Zealand accommodation and food services produce about 84.11kTCO2e. And if you look globally, the hotel sector accounts for around 1% of all carbon emissions.

So where are those emissions coming from? The majority come from the use of natural gas and LPG for water and space heating, plus significant electrical use in ventilation and air-conditioning.

This pathway focuses on reducing carbon emissions coming from fossil fuels, which ultimately means reducing the use of natural gas and LPG across the hotel sector.

But remember, reducing emissions makes not only good environmental sense, but good business sense too.


Want to receive tailored tools and resources straight to your inbox? Sign up to the Hotel Decarbonisation Pathway now.

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The business good of decarbonisation

Switching away from fossil fuels can have many benefits for business, beyond reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Cost savings – reduce operating costs through energy efficiency and fuel switching.
  • Social license – improve your reputation with socially responsible consumers and investors.
  • Brand value – tap into new markets, spark innovation and create business opportunities.
  • Employee engagement – attract and retain talent.
  • Compliance – stay ahead of regulation for climate change mitigation.

Sudima Hotels' sustainability journey

"Right now when we’re bidding for contracts for room nights, there’s a lot of questions around sustainability, what we’re doing and how we’re running as a business. So we find that we’re attracting more customers by being more sustainable."

Kanika Jhunjhnuwala, Executive Director – Sustainability & Environment


The hotel sector accounts for around 1% of global carbon emissions and this is set to increase. Hospitality, like other industries, has a responsibility to manage its impact on our planet.

Sustainable Hospitality Alliance

The sooner the switch, the greater the reward

The earlier businesses make changes, the faster potential cost-savings can be unlocked. By switching to low-emissions solutions soon, you can protect your business from potential fossil fuel supply and cost uncertainty. In addition, by acting quickly, your businesses may be able to get ahead of the pack for popular technologies – particularly if there is competition for limited resources.

Get started

Ready to begin? Explore our resources for the Hotel sector and start your decarbonisation journey now.