- Asia / Pacific
- Europe and Central Asia
- Latin America / Caribbean
- Middle East
- North America
Sector of activity
Type of initiative
Research, Analysis, Assessment
Type of lead actor
A tool and methodology that enables hotels to measure and report their carbon footprint in a consistent way to be used by hotels of any size, whether they are small guesthouses or 5-star resorts.
As collected through the One Planet Reporting
Global / All regions
The International Tourism Partnership and its members.
The ITP Goals are clear and quantifiable commitments to improved sustainability which send out a call to action to the wider industry about the critical importance of using the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a focal point to drive responsible business in hospitality. We want to raise the level of ambition of the industry and to foster long-term thinking on how the sector can contribute to the SDGs. We want to encourage more companies to join us on this journey.
ITP members will collectively impact one million young people through their own employability programmes by 2030. This doubles their current impact. These issues have been identified by members and through ITP's extensive stakeholder engagement as the most pressing social and environmental issues the industry should focus on, and where there is significant opportunity to collaborate. The ITP Goals are a carefully constructed and practically achievable response to four of the core sustainability issues impacting responsible hospitality providers globally. At a glance, they include: • YOUTH EMPLOYMENT: Collectively impact one million young people through employability programmes by 2030, thereby doubling the industry's current impact on youth unemployment. • CARBON: Embrace science-based targets, and encourage the wider industry to join in reducing emissions at scale. • WATER: Embed water stewardship programmes to reduce the number of people affected by water scarcity; also improve water-use efficiency and identify ways to address water scarcity. • HUMAN RIGHTS: Raise awareness of human rights risks, embed human rights into corporate governance, and address risks arising in the labour supply chain and during hotel construction We would love other companies to support the Goals and invite both hotel companies and the wider travel and tourism sector to join us in this ambition.
Impact and Results
The success of HCMI has spurred the development of a similar methodology that would enable the consistent measuring and reporting of water consumption. Thanks to the close collaboration of ITP members, the Hotel Water Measurement Initiative (HWMI) was created in 2016. Today, HCMI and HWMI are two of the most prominent measurement tools of ITP, and are currently being used by over 24,000 hotels all over the world, counting 12,000 hotels using HWMI. These complementary, open source tools are helping the hotel sector build an extensive
database of environmental data through the Hotel Footprinting Tool, which hotels and their corporate clients can use in their reporting, benchmarking, and sustainability strategies. ITP is seeking to encourage more hotels to use these tools to raise their standards worldwide, and more businesses to request for information on the environmental footprint of accommodation providers.