WTTC and Biosphere partner to standardise hotel sustainability criteria
In a joint effort to promote sustainability in the Travel & Tourism sector, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and the non-profit Biosphere Foundation, have partnered to promote standardised criteria for the hotel industry.
In the current landscape, new standards and eco-labels pose a challenge for the sector and identifying clear and consistent sustainability criteria has become increasingly difficult. This partnership marks a significant milestone for global hotel sustainability, with the criteria implemented at more than 2,500 hotels.
WTTC president and CEO Julia Simpson (pictured) said: “Hotel Basics is a crucial and inclusive industry initiative, ensuring hotels continue to adapt and evolve to meet the needs of both travellers and the planet. The collaboration between Biosphere and WTTC is a fundamental step towards international standardisation in sustainability, creating a clear and homogeneous pathway for the industry.”
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Ultimately, the initiative aims to facilitate the industry's transition from basic criteria to more advanced global standards, aligning with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 goals of the United Nations.
Currently, hotels, guest houses and tourist residences adopt 12 criteria, focused on measuring and reducing energy, water consumption, waste and carbon emissions, and fundamental actions to protect the environment and make a positive contribution to the communities in which they're located.
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