In many past posts on our blog and in articles in the Quarterly, we have discussed, ad infinitum, the topics of sustainability and climate change in the hospitality industry. Whilst difficult to summarise these articles in a few words, it is clear we think that our industry’s approach to the issues is too passive and is doing far too little to address these urgent matters. We are of course not alone in this, as countries and governments across the world are moving at a glacial pace to address the problems, whilst the actual glaciers melt at an astonishing pace!
As we hopefully, move out of the pandemic mode that has captured all our attention for the past couple of years and our world returns to a more normal state, this would seem an ideal time to turn our attention to positive climate action and to sustainable business practices before it is too late.
For the past 40 years or more, science has been largely ignored, but perhaps the recent climate extremes (floods, fires, droughts and so on) have started to get people talking, and in turn, they can put pressure on their governments and elected officials to accelerate their actions.
As for action in the hospitality industry; well, a conscious move towards less waste, more sustainable practices, reduced energy consumption and more renewable energy would be a start. Certainly, international brands need to do a little more than just send out press releases about the elimination of plastic straws!
Rather than ‘reinvent the wheel’, to follow are some interesting articles on the subject, particularly related to hospitality, so please take a little time to explore them and afterwards, consider your personal actions and what you can do to encourage your company and government to get moving so our children have a planet to inherit from us…
Sustainable Hospitality Alliance – more
KPMG – How can hotels address climate change? – more
Sustainable hotels: How do you balance the struggle between luxury and frugality? – more
World’s Most Sustainable Hotels: The Ultimate List for 2021 – more
Green Ideas for Hotels and Resorts – more
UN Works with Global Hotel Industry to Reduce Emissions – more
Transforming Tourism for Climate Action – UNWTO – more
Why climate change matters to tourism and hospitality: 5 impacts – more
The Existential Climate Change Fears Hit Major Hotels and Airlines – SKIFT – more
Hospitality Industry 4.0 And Climate Change – University Cote D’Azur – more
Too Hot to Handle? The Hospitality Industry Faces Up to Climate Change – more
Why Sustainability in the Hospitality Industry Must be Our Top Priority – Torrens University – more
Transforming Existing Hotels to Net-Zero Carbon – more
Sustainable Hotel Management: Trends – EHL – more
The Hospitality Sector Must Do More to Cut Carbon – CLH – more
How Sustainable Hospitality Can Help Combat Climate Change – more
How hotels can operate in sustainable ways, save money and get great guest reviews – more