According to the UNWTO, the travel industry is accountable for 5 percent of all CO2 emissions in the world. Besides that, the industry also has a significant impact on the living conditions of local communities. The Hotel Sustainability Benchmark report of Cornell University indicates that an average midscale hotel room is responsible for 23 kg of CO2 emissions per night. In order to make the hotel industry a bit greener, GreenHotelWorld.com offsets the carbon emissions of its bookings.
Certified Green Hotels only
Certification bodies such as Rainforest Alliance and TourCert play a crucial role in giving the public insights about the green credentials of hotels. Therefore, GreenHotelWorld.com gives these certification bodies a platform to promote their green hotels. The website only lists hotels that have been certified by one of the green certification bodies for hotels.
Partnership with Expedia
GreenHotelWorld.com has set up a partnership with one of the largest and most well-known online tour operators: Expedia. Through its TravelNow brand visitors to GreenHotelWorld can make green hotel bookings directly on the site. GreenHotelWorld compensates the CO2 emissions of all these bookings, in compliance with the HCMI methodology. HCMI is a global carbon offset initiative for the hotel industry initiated by the International Tourism Partnership (ITP) and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).