Lori Robertson questions in her BBC Travel blog whether hotels can be truly carbon neutral.
It is a valid question and a question is debatable. In the article Stephen Russell, a senior associate at the World Resources Institute, brings up an important point that most hotels do not look beyond it onsite operations, e.i. emissions from energy consumption – scope 1-2.
It is critical that one look beyond this as it often is much more emissions involved. For Soneva Resorts mentioned in the article 75% of it entire carbon footprint is from guest flights alone. As one of few companies, Soneva Resort measures its carbon footprint way beyond energy emissions and work on mitigating this. Through innovative projects such as Soneva Forest Restoration and Darfur Stoves Project they developing carbon mitigating project through The Soneva SLOW LIFE Trust. With this they are showing that it is possible to truly decarbonise your operations.
To read the full blog story see here: http://www.bbc.com/travel/blog/20121023-can-hotels-be-truly-carbon-neutral
Do you think it is possible for hotels to be truly carbon neutral?