Cornell Hotel Sustainability Benchmarks Will Benefit Travelers and Industry
"This study builds on existing sustainability reporting efforts, such as the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative," added Chong, who is an assistant professor at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration and a faculty fellow at the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. "With the data we had available, we could take the essential step of accounting for local climate in our sustainability benchmarks, which means that each location has its own distinct data set. But we also found that the benchmarks change according to a hotel's chain scale segment, and we even found great variations in energy use for hotels with similar attributes located in the same city. It depends on a hotel's operations and amenities."
Chong and Ricaurte conclude that further study is needed to quantify additional drivers of energy use. As an example, they showed the variety of energy effects resulting from different approaches to handling the laundry wash. With continued industry support, the research will be repeated annually to further expand the benchmarks and improve understanding of the components of sound hotel energy modeling.
In addition to the benchmarks' value in sustainability reporting and regulatory compliance, the authors anticipate that the benchmarks will be useful as a continuous improvement tool for hotel companies and to document results of capital improvements. Moreover, meeting planners and travelers can incorporate the benchmarks into their carbon calculation for the hotel portion of their travel arrangements.
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