Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative

The Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI) is a credible, comprehensive framework by which hotels can measure and report their carbon footprint.

Developed by the International Tourism Partnership, World Travel & Tourism Council, KPMG and a working group of 23 global hotel companies, HCMI enables hotels to measure and report emissions in a consistent way to corporate customers. Over 21,000 hotels globally are using this consistent methodology.

If you are a hotel wanting to measure and report your carbon footprint, or a business looking to gather this information for your own supply chain assessment, reporting or to offset your business travel emissions, HCMI makes it all a lot easier. We’d be delighted to talk you through please do contact us for more information.

Contact us

Request a free copy of the HCMI methodology via or for more information, please contact Fran Hughes, Head of Programmes, International Tourism Partnership +44 (0)20 7566 8702

Which hotel companies are involved?

HCMI was developed by a working group formed of the International Tourism Partnership, World Travel & Tourism Council, KPMG and the following hotel companies: Accor, Beijing Tourism Group, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Diamond Resorts International, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, Hilton Worldwide, Hong Kong & Shanghai Hotels, Hyatt Corporation, InterContinental Hotels Group, Jumeirah Group, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Marriott International Inc, Meliá Hotels International, MGM Resorts International,  NH Hoteles, Orient-Express Hotels Ltd, Pan Pacific Hotel Group, Premier Inn - Whitbread Group, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, TUI AG, Wyndham Worldwide. Many other independent hotels and smaller chains also use HCMI.

What our supporters say

“HCMI will help us to move forward the sustainability agenda. Calculating our carbon footprint helps our decision making on energy efficiency and to communicate NH Hoteles’ environmental commitment to our responsible clients.”

Mónica Chao Janeiro, Corporate Environment Manager, NH Hoteles

Calculating a carbon footprint helps hotels to understand the link between how they operate and what they consume in terms of energy and fuels and the impact on the environment through carbon emissions. Being able to not only have a total carbon footprint and a footprint per occupied room, but also see this split down into the different sources enables a hotel to prioritise their actions and think about the types of energy they use in the hotel. This is particularly important for hotels in regions that already have or are looking to implement carbon taxes and legislation such as the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme in the UK, as carbon taxes will add further costs onto a hotel’s bottom line.”

Robert McCann, Environment Manager - Corporate Responsibility, InterContinental Hotels Group

Implementing the HCMI tool across our hotel portfolio has supported and enabled our managers to share best practice and to understand their sites carbon footprint per guest and meeting room sold. Our managers now look for innovative ways to cut costs on utilities as well as practical approaches to educate and create awareness for our 40,000 team members who work with us and the 20 million customers who visit us every month.”

Chris George, Head of Energy & Environment, Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants Group PLC

“Tourism is a business which is sensitive to the environment in which it takes place as strong climate and weather events have an effect on tourism destinations. As part of the tourism value chain, the hotels industry will now be able, thanks to the HCMI, to assess their impact as a whole, but more importantly, in a homogenous standardised way for all companies. Our aim is not only to calculate the business units’ footprint, but also to be able to sensitise and involve our guests in being part of the solution to reduce the impact on climate change of the hospitality business, by making them aware of the individual footprint of their stay.

Gabriel Escarrer Jaume, CEO and Vice Chairman of Meliá Hotels


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