HCMI to be discussed at this year’s International Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Show

International Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Show

A quickly restored New York City will be home to the International Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Show (IHMRS) between 10th – 13th November this year.

The International Tourism Partnership (ITP) are delighted that their Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI), created in partnership with the World Travel and Tourism Council, will feature in the show’s Hospitality Leadership Forum on November 10th.

The session, entitled ‘Reporting Your Hotel Carbon Metrics, Responding to Green RFPs’, will run be moderated by Pat Maher from the American Hotel & Lodging Association and The Maher Group. Panellists will include ITP members Faith Taylor, Senior VP of Sustainability & Innovation at Wyndham Worldwide and Maury Zimring, Director of Corporate Responsibility at InterContinental Hotels Group, alongside Eric Ricaurte, Principal of Greenview.

The session promises to discuss how the initiative has been developed and provide information on how to implement it: Over the last 18 months, the World Travel & Tourism Council and the International Tourism Partnership, along with more than 20 hotel companies, have come together and developed standard metrics for hospitality carbon reporting. Come learn the just released industry-wide common unified language for hotels reporting carbon footprints on meetings and/or hotel stays. You’ll also learn strategies to start applying immediately, particularly when responding to Request for Proposals (RFPs).

Created by the industry, for the industry HCMI is a methodology to calculate and report on the carbon footprint of a hotel stay, meeting or event in a consistent way. During the RFP process, when hotels “bid” for corporate clients’ events or meetings, clients often ask questions relating to potential carbon footprint for the event or stay. However, the many different methodologies and systems available to hotels in measuring and reporting carbon emissions have resulted in customer confusion when comparing a potential footprint of one hotel against another.

More than 20 hotel companies within the WTTC and the ITP memberships have come together to resolve this pressing issue; launching HCMI 1.0 in June 2012 as the industry solution to this problem. Developed with the technical expertise of KPMG, internationally renowned consultants, HCMI 1.0 is the first iteration of a consistent language in responding to corporate customers’ RFPs. And in defining this language, it also sets out a common industry methodology for calculating carbon emissions for a hotel stay and meeting/event.

The methodology is designed to be applied by any hotel around the world – big or small; casino hotel or bed and breakfast. Done at property-level, the data within the methodology can be quite easily obtained through readily available sources of information like energy bills and suppliers. In fact, during road testing the methodology was noted for its ease of use by more than 50 hotels globally with an average completion time of 2 hours. The methodology is also uncomplicated, meaning that it can be easily integrated into existing carbon reporting systems – a step that several hotel chains have already successfully taken.

Stephen Farrant, Director of the International Tourism Partnership, comments: 'Customers and investors rightly want to know about the carbon footprint of the hotels they are dealing with. The fact that so many global companies in the international hotel sector have come together to achieve, for the first time, this degree of consensus on the complex issue of carbon measurement is testament to both the crucial importance of addressing the carbon issue and the success of the ITP and WTTC joint working group through the first phases.'

The entire hotel sector now needs to adopt this freely available solution and measure and report according to the methodology. Only then can the industry speak with ‘one voice’ on this important issue in carbon, and at the same time effectively meet the needs of our customers.

It is important that the methodology is both robust and practical and continues to reflect user feedback and expert knowledge. Therefore, HCMI 1.0 will be refined to include new research, data and user feedback from persons using the methodology. The aim is to release the next iteration of HCMI methodology by the summer of 2013.

For those attending IHMRS the show has posted the following notice on its website, in light of Hurricane Sandy: As New York City continues to return to normal post-Sandy, IHMRS is moving ahead as planned. Frequent communications with Javits Center officials as well as our various contractors and suppliers have provided us with solid information, making us confident in this decision. All areas of the Javits Center remain fully-available to IHMRS and the adjacent Boutique Design New York (BDNY). The ING New York City Marathon Health & Fitness Expo is currently running in the facility, and the Marathon will proceed as scheduled on Sunday. All three major New York City airports (JFK, LaGuardia and Newark) are open, and Amtrak has resumed service between Washington DC and Boston through NY’s Penn Station. Much of the NYC subway service has been restored, along with commuter rail service from Long Island, New Jersey, Westchester and Fairfield Counties. We will continue to be in touch as additional details become available, and look forward to seeing you at IHMRS next week.

For more information about the show and registration see IHMRS
You can request the HCMI methodology, free of charge, by emailing info@hotelcarboninitiative.org or for more information go to the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative

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