The Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI) is a unique tool and methodology that enables hotels to measure and report their carbon footprint in a consistent way. HCMI can be used by hotels of any size, whether they are small guesthouses or 5-star resorts, anywhere in the world. HCMI was developed in 2012 by the International Tourism Partnership (ITP), a membership organization for global hotel groups that fosters collaboration for greater impacts in sustainable development and corporate responsibility, with the technical expertise of KPMG, in partnership with WTTC and 23 leading hotel groups.

Implemented in

  • Africa
  • Asia / Pacific
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Latin America / Caribbean
  • Middle East
  • North America

Sector of activity
Tourism

Type of initiative
Research, Analysis, Assessment

Type of lead actor
Business Sector

Objectives

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.

Activities

As collected through the One Planet Reporting

Outcome level

SCP Commitments

  • ITP Goals

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.