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The impact that hotels & accommodation can have on the environment

Sustainable hotels on the rise

Due to a rise in the eco-conscious consumer, hotels are beginning to make a strategic effort in reducing their carbon footprint as a way to draw in leisure travellers, as well as those travelling for business. Being labelled as an eco-friendly hotel immediately attracts sustainable businesses looking for accommodation as their interests and values align.

3 top causes of emissions in hotels:


Heating or air-conditioning


Catering equiptment



Average hotel emissions

By analysing trends and data through Zellar Panorama, a

UK hotel on average emits 40.75 tonnes of CO2

through their electricity and gas consumption per year.

13 football pitches

would be needed to absorb this amount each year, based on the average annual Woodland Carbon Code sequestration rate (across 100 years). (1)

What is a sustainable hotel?

Many hotels are beginning to implement sustainability initiatives and CSR programmes to reduce their carbon emissions and meet the demands of travellers. Some top priorities are to reduce energy and water consumption, source local and sustainable products and to get involved in local carbon offsetting programmes to compensate for emissions.

Why is sustainability so important to hotels?

The sustainable hospitality alliance found that the hotel industry needs to reduce its carbon emissions by 66% per room by 2030, and by 90% per room by 2050 to ensure that the growth forecast for the industry does not lead to an increase in carbon emissions.(2)
It is also important for hotels to address that a recent report found 70% of millennials will base their decision to stay at a company based on the environmental reputations and policies. (3)

According to the digital travel platform, over half (53%) of global travellers want to travel more sustainably in the future. (4)

How Zellar helps hotels

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Customised roadmaps:

There is a programme unique to hotels, providing benchmarks, insights, behaviours, investments, and local offsets.

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All in one place:

Hotel owners can access all the key components that make up their sustainability programme in one place.

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One annual payment:

We’re making sustainability accessible and affordable for all hotels with pricing starting at £125 per annum.

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How does it work:

A simple sign-up process, leads hotel owners into their custom sustainability programme that can be followed at their own pace.

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Share the story:

Every step of your journey to Net Zero is made available for sharing via your Zellar profile and across your social media platforms of choice.

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of global travellers are willing to pay more for products that demonstrate environmental responsibility.


more than a year ago. (5)