How to use these resources

You’re keen to start decarbonising your hotel business. You know it’ll help you reduce costs, create value, and future-proof your business. But you also might be wondering where to start – don’t worry, we've got you covered.

Simply follow our 5-step pathway below to discover practical tools and resources to help you identify, measure, and lower your emissions. The resources have been designed by industry experts especially for the hotel sector, endorsed by Hospitality New Zealand, and support World Tourism Organisation goals.

Work your way through the steps at your own pace, put the lessons into practice, and start seeing results.

5 steps to reduce your carbon footprint

The Hotel Decarbonisation Pathway starts with energy efficiency. The end goal is to move away from fossil fuels, but by first taking steps to improve existing processes, equipment and operations, your transition will be more efficient and more cost effective. 

The pathway has been broken down into 5 steps. Each step provides practical information for hoteliers, no matter how far along the decarbonisation journey you are. 


Step 1: Increase engagement and awareness

Understanding your emissions impact is a crucial first step. Here you’ll find out where your emissions are coming from, the benefits of reducing them, plus learn from other businesses already on the decarbonisation journey.

Step 2: Measure emissions and set targets

The most important step in energy management and conservation is measuring and accounting for energy consumption. In this section, you’ll learn how to calculate a baseline for your energy use, so you can gauge how your hotel is performing and track progress against future improvements.

Step 3: Optimise equipment and improve processes

Reviewing and adjusting the way your equipment is performing can be a big win for energy reduction, cost reduction, and increased productivity.

Step 4: Reduce energy demand

New technology or upgrades to existing processes can reduce energy demand. It is important to reduce the demand for energy prior to switching fuels, so that the energy demand for renewables is as minimal as possible. This step looks at equipping businesses with the latest international innovations in their space to reduce the demand on energy.

Step 5: Switching to renewable energy

Fuel switching to renewable energy sources is the final step to decarbonising. By following steps 1-4, you'll be in the best position to make an informed decision about fuel switching, in the most cost-effective way.

Got a question?

We’re here to help. If you have a question about any step in the pathway, send us an email and one of our experts will get back to you.