What does the world’s carbon neutrality have to do with hotels?

2022-04-25 0 By

As one of the top ten buzzwords of 2021, carbon neutral, do you know?When you go to Starbucks for a Frappuccino and pull out a straw, go to KFC for a soup and get a wooden spoon, go to the supermarket and you are required to bring your own pocket, go out of the car number limit, stay in a hotel without six small items…Congratulations, you’re going carbon neutral.Carbon neutrality is a term for saving energy and reducing emissions.”Carbon” is carbon dioxide, “neutralization” is positive and negative balance.Emissions of carbon dioxide or greenhouse gases are offset by afforestation, energy conservation and emission reduction, and the relative “zero emissions” is “carbon neutrality”.Does that have anything to do with carbon neutral hotels?Of course.According to Booking.com’s 2021 Sustainable Travel Report, environmental impacts have played a prominent role in the COVID-19 pandemic and increased public awareness of green travel:Make sure the air conditioning and heating are turned off when you leave your accommodation (48 percent), bring your own water glass instead of buying disposable bottled water (57 percent), or participate in activities that support the sustainability of your local community (22 percent).Nearly half (45 percent) of Chinese travelers admitted that they “discount” accommodations with less environmentally friendly facilities.Because consumers are more and more conscious to practice sustainable tourism, in recent years, “carbon reduction” and “zero carbon” are gradually embedded in the high-end characteristics of hotels.To attract customers, both large hotel groups and small independent hotels have come up with their own carbon-neutral action lists.In addition, China has pledged to peak its carbon footprint by 2030 and become carbon neutral by 2060.According to the Government work report of The State Council in 2021, we will make solid efforts to achieve “dual carbon” (carbon peak and carbon neutral for short), formulate an action plan to peak carbon emissions by 2030, and optimize the industrial structure and energy structure.Everyone is responsible for protecting the environment, so carbon neutrality is closely related to each and every one of us and all industries.Hotel construction has a professional evaluation system for green building evaluation.LEED™(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) was established by the United States Green Building Council and implemented in 2000.The LEED™ assessment system evaluates a building’s environmental impact from nine aspects: integration process, site selection and transportation, sustainable site, water conservation, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, innovation and regional priority.Depending on the LEED level applied for, LEED hotels can cost 1% to 5% more to build than regular hotels, according to people familiar with the matter.More than 70 percent of the hotel rooms in Copenhagen are officially ecologically certified.Crowne Plaza Copenhagen is designed to LEED Platinum standards, ISO14001 environmental certification and an internationally recognized Sustainable Tourism Award (SKAL).The interior of Crowne Plaza Copenhagen uses recycled and recycled materials as much as possible to achieve environmental and carbon reduction.For example, wall panels are made from recycled wood, floors are made from recycled rubber and concrete construction debris, and parts of the ceiling have PET plastic felting made from recycled plastic bottles.Songtsam Group hotels in China are located in valuable and fragile ecological environment areas, so carbon neutrality is more sensitive and eye-catching for Songtsam than other hotels.Songzan Group has been adhering to the architectural design concept of “using local materials, adapting measures to local conditions, following the trend and harmonious coexistence” since its establishment.Shangri-la Songtsam Green Valley Hotel, which opened in 2001, tries to use civil construction, stone and wood construction, hand-wrapped copper and other traditional construction techniques that are on the way out to achieve environmental protection, avoiding concrete type carbon dioxide intensive materials.In order to reduce its impact on the glacier environment, Basu Song Zanlai Ancient Mountain Residence, which opened in 2019, first assembled the interior space into modules in Shanghai, and finally shipped to Ranwu Town for assembly with the building body.In terms of material selection and design details of each module, environmental protection measures such as avoiding light pollution, saving energy with independent power switch, and saving energy with indoor heat preservation have been taken.In September 2021, Schneider Electric and Songzam Group announced the launch of the strategic cooperation of “Zero carbon hotel”.The core goal of the cooperation is to create a zero-carbon, smart hotel that has a demonstrative effect in China and sets a benchmark for the industry, with Songtsam Shangri-La Linka hotel as a pilot.Operation and Maintenance Building a green hotel is not a one-size-fits-all solution. It is the day-to-day operation that is the key challenge for a hotel to become carbon neutral.The use of clean energy, including hydro, wind, solar and tidal power, is a key step in reducing carbon emissions.For hotels, solar energy is relatively easy to obtain their own clean energy.Crowne Plaza Copenhagen has about 2.400 square meters of solar panels on its three walls facing south, east and west, generating 200,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a year, providing about 15% of the hotel’s energy needs.The rest comes from buying green energy from wind turbines.To save energy, crowne Plaza has installed smart lights with low energy consumption.The smart light management system controls these lamps in the corridors and only turns them on when a sound is detected or someone moves.The 320kWp solar system on the photovoltaic roof of kudadu Private Island in the Maldives is capable of powering an entire three-hectare island without the need for additional energy supplies.Watercooled air conditioning system Shanghai Hyatt Hotel uses water cooled air conditioning system to reduce the use of fluorinated air conditioning and air conditioning bills.At present, the air conditioning water of the hotel comes from the municipal water supply system of Shanghai. After completing the “mission” of cooling down, the water is purified and discharged to the public water supply system with higher standards.Water-cooled central air conditioning is an air conditioning system that relies on water and air for heat exchange, so as to take away the high temperature of the condenser, so as to achieve refrigeration.Take crowne Plaza Copenhagen as an example.The hotel came up with four solutions to achieve its goal of zero waste in catering: donate leftover food from big events to those in need, collect untouched food through an app, convert leftover food into biogas and fertilizer, and partner with other waste management providers.Qingcheng Liushan Hotel in China has developed a vegetable garden to produce organic ingredients, and all the drinking water in the guest rooms is filled with recycled glass bottles.Room2, the world’s first zero-carbon hotel for life, will open in London in December 2021, equipped with data collection equipment, thepaper.cn reported.The equipment analyzes consumers’ energy consumption habits by recording how guests consume energy, and then uses the data to continuously improve the hotel’s energy efficiency design.Afforestation is only half the carbon neutral. To achieve absolute “zero emissions”, carbon dioxide emissions need to be offset by afforestation.Bost Junlan Resort saihanba purchased the Carbon sequestration project of Saihanba Mechanical Forest Farm to offset all 575 tons of carbon dioxide generated by the hotel, achieving carbon neutrality in a specific period of time.Hotels can also reduce carbon dioxide emissions by going paperless, installing energy-efficient light bulbs, sourcing local ingredients, promoting a low-carb diet and not using disposable items.Some large companies routinely ask hotels about their carbon neutrality measures when signing deals with them, and tend to opt for greener properties.The hotel actively implements carbon neutrality for the purpose of social responsibility on the one hand, and cost savings in the future on the other hand.Obviously, if the hotel plans to be completely transformed into a carbon neutral hotel, more capital needs to be invested in the preparation and operation of the hotel in the early stage. Although there are strong support and subsidies from the policy, it will still face certain risks in the current immature carbon neutral environment.It takes a lot of boldness and courage for hotels to be the first to go carbon neutral.On the other hand, as hotels strive to be carbon neutral, what worries consumers most is that the product experience is being “degraded”.Body wash that can be taken away has become a rotating bottle that feels less delicate;Artificial intelligence sensor lamp, artificial mental retardation to make people dregs;Packing paper bags to carry heavy things in, making you nervous;”No price increase + high-quality experience = carbon neutrality”. How to make the equation true is a problem that hotels need to keep thinking about on the road to carbon neutrality.