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Transcript of Carbon Footprint
The amount of carbon dioxide or other carbon compounds emitted into the atmosphere by the activities of an individual, company, country, etc.: the carbon footprint of an overseas flight; how to measure your carbon footprint. There's so much more to it ... Carbon is the basis to all life Carbon Neutral & Offsetting Lowering your emissions Carbon Footprint What is it? Let's have a look But that is only the tip of the ice burg... Tip In short, A Carbon Footprint is the concept used to analyze CO2 Emissions by a person, business or anything really. We all use it either directly or indirectly and we make it as a part of our bodily functions. Carbon is not just a lump of coal. It can exist in any form. Carbon Monoxide Carbon Dioxide Plants Animal & Plant Cells Diamonds Charcoal Your Pen or Pencil Petroleum Products Plastics Carbon Carbon is found in high concentrations in Fossil Fuels These Fossil Fuels are burnt to create energy. That energy is then used to make or power the things we need. Contributes to your carbon footprint The Hospitality Industry •11m tonnes of carbon in emissions produced by the industry – accounting for 5% of business and public sector emissions in the UK Heating Lighting Other
(Inc. Air Con) Catering Hot Water Energy Use in an Average Hotel The Plan Research into the Carbon Footprint Find the Relevance to the hospitality industry Analyse & Draw Conclusions from the data The hospitality industry is highly consumer focused & Sometimes, the environment gets forgotten. Management need to find a balance between offsetting their carbon emissions and keeping customers happy. -British Hospitality Association -Dictionary.com Carbon Emissions: 25 Tonnes Counteracted amount of Carbon Emissions with the equivalent sequestered or offset. Reducing Emissions by: 25 Tonnes This can be done through planting tree's, using less paper, turning lights and appliances off etc. = 0 Tonnes This is being Carbon Neutral through Carbon Offsetting. Many Large Chain Hotels are Joining Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott International, MGM Resorts International, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts and Premier Inn – Whitbread Group A joint new initiative by the International Tourism Partnership & World Travel and Tourism Council are asking these hotels to measure their carbon emissions They are aiming to offer a like-for-like comparison on their services for customers and investors. If their score is low, this would spur them on to better their emissions in the future. Cycle Whitbread has saved more than 1,500 tonnes of CO2 in 2011 as part of comprehensive sustainability strategy. It is reported that others are trying to beat this. Data Analysis Establishments that undergo a refurbishment are putting in automatic guest controls. Usually every 7-10 Years now a days Occupancy linked controls although costly, pay back their initial cost within 1-3 years whilst reducing emissions by 25% The biggest waste of energy is in Heating This can be reduced by having set temperatures and authorized personnel to control the heating. Turning heating off in a room to cool it is more expensive than leaving it at a set temperature. This is because the heating system has to start up again and run proving costly. Another reason for the above. Using low temperature hot water boilers become 65% more efficient and save a medium sized hotel £3,300 per year. Overall, a medium-large sized hotel can save at least £6,000 a year if they invest in energy saving equipment. How about that? Recommendations for Control Measures Have authorized personnel controlling the temperature and the times it operates. Only have heating on between 5am-10am for the morning & 7pm-10pm in the evening. Invest in Guest Control Systems Electronic Key Cards that turn off the electricity, lighting and heating when a guest leaves the room with their card. Utilize government grants and loans to buy energy saving equipment such as low temp boilers and sensor controlled lighting. Although costly, they usually make their money back in 1-10 years depending on what is bought. Consult a specialist in this area. Create a compost heap in the back away from windows to use the compost to grow home made fruit and vegetables to use on the premises. You can charge a premium for these home made, home grown products. Plus it cuts down on your food miles and costs from between 5-50% dependent on what you grow. It also gives you a market edge and more of a USP whilst saving you money and the environment around you. Train and make sure staff are aware of the energy saving procedures you're going to implement. Ask staff to turn off unused equipment & lighting. Tell them about the new rules you will put in place such as authorized personnel for heating controls. Ask staff to turn off lighting and unused equipment, shut down computers etc. Now we're up in the clouds, I hope you understand about Carbon Footprints.
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