Did you know that hotels account for 21% of the emissions of an average business trip?
Travel is going Green
The climate is changing, and with it society is changing. Environmentalism has become a number one priority for people from varying backgrounds around the world. This is evident in mass protest movements like Fridays for Future, which saw strikes in over 150 countries.
Governments are now listening to their citizens and are striving for a carbon neutral world by 2050. Climate emergency declarations have been declared in 1,890 jurisdictions (including 15 national governments and the EU) covering 826 million global citizens.
Protecting the environment for future generations is a core corporate value at HRS and is becoming increasingly important to companies as they respond to the calls for change. In fact, surveys have found that 40% of Millennials, who will make up 75 percent of the workforce by 2025, have chosen to work at a company precisely because of its performance and approach to sustainability issues.
SmartBrief honored HRS by naming the Green Stay Initiative as one of the winners of their inaugural Business Traveler Innovation Awards:
“HRS’ Green Stay Initiative is integrating a broad array of data sources to help conscientious companies and their travelers travel smarter. As business travel resumes in the coming months and years, applications like this should be integrated into travel planning as broadly as possible.”
The judges were esteemed executives and editors that span the full range of leaders in business travel.
What is Green Stay?
Green Stay provides corporations and travelers a well-defined global standard for the comparison of the ecological sustainability of lodging suppliers. Green Stay reporting is based on the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI) founded in 2011 by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and the International Tourism Partnership which was further developed by a working group of numerous Hotel Associations.
Green Stay provides corporations and travelers a well-defined global standard for the comparison of the ecological sustainability of lodging suppliers. Green Stay supports:
🍃 Travelers in making green booking decisions
🍃 Corporations in building more sustainable lodging programs by providing normalized data from hotels on energy, water and waste usage.
The Pillars of Green Stay
Standardized reporting for all hotels and intuitive decision-making experiences for travelers.
- Developed by the industry
Green Stay is based on the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI) and follows the principles of ISO14064-1 and aspects of the GHG Protocol Standards
- Monitored by experts
The HCMI methodology is developed under advisory of KPMG and the World Resources Institute (WRI), a GHG Protocol development partner.
- Globally standardized
Green Stay and HCMI are aligned to the GHG Protocol’s Corporate Standard and Product Lifecycle Standard, and follows ISO14064-1.
- Extensively validated
The Green Stay HCMI methodology’s practicality was tested with hotels in varying geographical locations, of different types, classes, and ownership.
- Continuously updated
Data under the Green Stay is collected and reported for a twelve-month period, so that footprint data is never more than 18 months old.
- Exhaustive scope
Green Stay incorporates all GHG emissions from activities within the premises, including; restaurants, meeting spaces, spas, gyms and back of house facilities.
- Practical output
Corporate decision makers and end consumers are provided with a normalized and intuitive experience when choosing among suppliers.
- Green Heroes support
Hospitality suppliers are enabled to advertise their renewable energy and sustainable production efforts transparently.
What does Green Stay monitor?
Green Stay will be represented in corporate online booking engines (OBEs) such as KDS and SAP Concur
- Represented when the hotel partner has completed the HRS Green Stay Report confirming the mandatory questions have been met by the hotel
- 50+ measures to be reported on to ensure accurate reporting of sustainability hotel operations
- Displayed carbon emissions (in kg), water usage (in liters) and landfill waste (in kg) per occupied room on a daily basis
- Report is updated within 18 months based on the previous year outputs
How to Build a Green Lodging Program – On Demand Webinar
Recently HRS hosted panel discussions around the world with leading corporates and hotels discussing how building a sustainable lodging program could contribute to the achievement of a company’s green goals.
Now, we have consolidated these panel sessions into a one hour on-demand webinar – How to Build a Green Lodging Program.
Green Stay will also be represented in corporate procurement channels and corporate online booking engines (OBEs), such as KDS and SAP Concur.
Corporate Booking Portal Display
SAP Concur Display
HRS Procurement Platform Display
Today we have the unique opportunity to finally take the right choices and act responsibly and consciously. With the HRS Green Stay initiative we strive to contribute to a cleaner future in travel, so that many more generations after us are able to explore the beauty and diversity of this planet.