Call to hotel sector to cut carbon footprint by 90% to meet 2-degree climate threshold

A new report from the International Tourism Partnership (ITP) reveals that the hotel sector must reduce its carbon footprint by 90% by 2050, in order to play its part in keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.

The Hotel Global Decarbonisation Report  by Greenview and commissioned by ITP, reveals the huge contribution hotels must take to help curb climate change.


The findings clearly shows that in order to manage the global increase in tourism over the coming decades, the hotel industry must reduce its absolute carbon emissions by 66% by 2030 and 90% by 2050 to stay within the 2-degree threshold agreed at COP21 (the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change).


The report has been published to complement the launch of ITP’s Goals for 2030 which align the hotel sector’s sustainable activity with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Announcing the report, Fran Hughes, Director of ITP, said: “These figures are significant, but we believe they are achievable. They are representative of the level of reduction the whole hotel sector needs to make in order to decouple its growth, from growth in emissions. The reductions individual companies need to make may vary, dependent on where they are located and their infrastructure. That’s why we’re encouraging hotels to develop their own science-based target.


“The technology exists today to fully decarbonise the sector. Solving the issue of climate change becomes how to accelerate the solutions which are currently available. To do so, hotel industry leaders will need to support an evolution of thought and approach to make it happen through carbon pricing and how projects are financed.


“ITP’s members support our vision and our four ITP Goals which tackle carbon, water, youth unemployment and human rights. We are supporting our members with research and best practice sharing to build their capacity to develop science-based targets. Going forward we want to explore opportunities to collaborate where we can deliver carbon reductions at scale.”


ITP’s Goals launched in September are a carefully constructed and practically achievable response to four of the core sustainability issues impacting responsible hospitality providers globally. They send a clear call to action to the wider industry about the critical importance of using the SDGs (also called the Global Goals) as a focal point to drive responsible business in hospitality.