UN Debuts An Online Green Hotel Toolkit

The United Nations has a stake in reduced greenhouse gases on a global scale, and as part of its climate mitigation strategies has recently launched a green hotel toolkit designed to help hoteliers go green while cutting operational expenses.

This new online toolkit, called Hotel Energy Solutions, will help hotels evaluate their energy consumption, find renewable energy sources, improve energy efficiency, and calculate potential cost savings over the long term. It was tested by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and its partners, initially, in more than 100 European properties in four different destination areas – Haute-Savoie in France, Palma de Mallorca in Spain, Bonn in Germany, and Strandja in Bulgaria.

Hotel Room

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The toolkit garnered positive feedback from hotel owners and managers in pilot hotels and was finalized in August.

The UN reports that while hotels and other types of accommodation account for only 2 per cent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions, UNWTO has identified the greening of this industry as a small but important priority for the tourism sector. It is believed the project specifically can increase energy efficiency in European small and medium hotels by 20% and their use of renewable energies by 10%.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.