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Hotels, holiday parks and other hospitality sector businesses should not allow themselves to be left behind by the big hotel chains when it comes to carbon reduction and measurement, says northwest-based sustainability and low energy solutions specialist, Inteb.
The warning comes after hotel chains such as Marriott International, the Whitbread Group (Premier Inn), Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt and Accor announced they have together developed a new tool to help measure and report on their carbon emissions, having recognised that hotels need to act on carbon measurement.
Inteb’s advice to those in the hospitality, tourism and leisure industries in Cumbria is to take their own action on carbon reduction, ensuring their business measures up to the expectations of today’s consumer. Surveys increasingly show that hotel guests are voting to stay with green, sustainable businesses and sourcing accommodation on the basis of its green credentials.
With legislation increasing all the time, to help Britain achieve stretching carbon reduction targets, hospitality providers need to be accessing expert help when it comes to assessing their carbon footprint, reporting on it and actively reducing it.
Inteb’s team of northwest based sustainability and energy specialists offers a carbon and energy reduction solution that can address the needs of any hospitality business. Its expertise includes everything from managing carbon risk and carbon value assessment, to advising on Carbon Reduction Commitment (now the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme) and carbon as a financial asset or a liability.
Inteb’s Chairman, Philip Hargreaves, says: “Individual strategies can be devised for hospitality providers who recognise the need to act on carbon and not lose out to the bigger competitors in their market, whether that is in terms of bed nights sold, or corporate entertainment spend.
“Those who let carbon legislation pass them by, could find it is detrimental to their business, either financially through fines and levies, or in terms of loss of bookings and conferences. Reputational capital is becoming a significant driver in this industry, notwithstanding the impact of inexorable rises in energy prices. Change on carbon is here to stay, so the hospitality industry needs to respond”.
Anyone wishing to explore the ‘Inteb Carbon’ service and have a toolkit designed for their hospitality business should contact Tom Kelly at Inteb on 0151 346 2131.
More information about Inteb can be found at www.inteb.co.uk Inteb has offices in Preston and Bromborough, from which it can handle projects and on-going carbon management programmes at locations across the northwest.