Your decarbonisation journey starts here
Welcome to the Hotel Decarbonisation Pathway. A collaboration with the industry and endorsed by Hospitality New Zealand, the pathway provides tailored tools and resources to help hoteliers lower your emissions.
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.
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.
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.
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.