Tourism constitutes of between 4 and 6% of the total global greenhouse gas emissions (hundreds of millions of international arrivals and almost four billion domestic trips globally). It is estimated that by 2020 the number of international travel will almost double to 1.6 billion. World Tourism Organization of the United Nations (UNWTO) predicts that tourism‘s contribution to carbon emissions may grow by 150% over the next 30 years if we do not take measures to reduce. The hotels as part of this industry, have a key role in reducing emissions. Besides that tourism contributes to the problem at the same time, it is highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change . In the interests of the hotel industry is to be part of the solution.
Green hotels - Today the ecotourism, oriented to the conservation of nature and environment, is growing rapidly. Many people in the hotel industry have recognized the negative impact of their business over the environment and have taken action to mitigate these impacts.
Environmentally responsible business harmonize its actions with the environmental sustainability. The term "green hotels" describes hotels that strive to be more friendly to the environment through the efficient use of energy, water and materials, providing quality services. The "Green Hotels" store and preserve by saving water, reducing energy consumption and waste reduction. The industry sees its own benefits, that is why the limited and controlled use of resources leads to a significant reduction in their basic expenses. The main pollutants in the hotels are the use of non-renewable sources of energy, excessive use of water and waste.
We from Eco Friendly Planet Ltd, in support of those places and practices who are responsible for the nature, world and ourselves, help you to met in briefly with their efforts. We summarize the information you need, in four categories, which we consider to be essential.
Sustainable stay include several main directions in which each "Green Hotel" makes its steps. Using ecological and biodegradable detergents, significantly reduces the negative impact on the environment. Another key element is the policy of reusing towels during each guest‘s stay, which saves a huge amount of water and energy. Recycling and composting again shows responsible behavior on the part of business (on average, one hotel creates about 1 kg of waste per person per night). Often at least 30 percent of the total waste of a hotel can be sorted for recovery and recycling. Scandic Hotels chain, for example, sort their waste in up to 22 different categories.
Our next category is: Food
Here we pay attention to the suppliers which the accommodations have, as this is essential for the sustainability of a restaurant. The support of the local production and agriculture is an element of responsible policy of the "green hotels". We believe that the development of tourism in a destination should always have a direct connection with the development of agriculture and local production. Many hotels, understood the importance of preparing and serving food from fresh ingredients, have their own farms and gardens, which is also a distinctive feature which we note.
In today‘s world the theme of healthy eating is essential as more and more people and families have specific food habits, intolerance and its requirements. Often when we travel we need to make a compromise with the way we eat at home. In this connection, it will be easy for you to discern any place which has these contemporary requirements (special menu for vegetarians, vegans, gluten free food, children‘s menu, etc.), as this is a feature that we describe.
We attach importance to the places that keep traditions and prepare typical dishes passed from generation to generation. We believe this is directly related to the sustainability, because it preserves the tradition and achieves harmony with the place.
The responsible use of resources is essential to keeping them in the long run. In the category "Energy / Resources‘ we describe any place which minimize the carbon footprint by using: renewable energy for heating and lighting; equipment and appliances Class A; energy saving light bulbs and photocells; water-saving systems in the bathrooms, etc.
In the category "Authenticity" we pay attention to the materials used for the construction and furnishing of the places that we choose. Prevail all who prefer natural materials like wood, stone, cotton. Of importance to us is whether:
- the building, which houses the accommodation is of historical or cultural significance,
- is restored or built in the typical regional style and architecture.
- the object keeps traditions, crafts, cuisine and customs,
- the place participate or organize various social activities that aim to preserve nature, traditions and to promote the sustainable development direction of the tourism business.
Icon "Authenticity" will be active on all places that have any of these advantages and details can be found in the detailed description of the object.