Carbon footprint explained
The carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) released into the atmosphere as a result of the activities of a particular individual, organization or community. By releasing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere we have an impact on the environment, causing climate change. CO2 is related to the emissions of all greenhouse gases we produce. For example: production, transport, heating and of course making energy from fossil fuels. Global warming is one of the consequences attributed to the increasing amount of CO2 emissions. Our climate is changing and this is a threat to humans and nature. The carbon footprint for accommodations can be explained as the carbon dioxide emissions in kg per guest night.
How did we calculate the carbon footprint per hotel?
The carbon footprint is calculated by means of a mathematical formula. This formula was developed by the Breda University of Applied Sciences (NHTV) in cooperation with BookDifferent and the Dutch tourism sector as a part of the ‘Carbon management for tour operators’ (CARMATOP) project. The purpose of this project is to make carbon management possible by developing a carbon calculator. "Carbon" dioxide is the main greenhouse gas that is caused by the tourism industry. Within CARMATOP a model is developed that can calculate the carbon footprint of all our accommodations we offer. The model is based on 300 known carbon footprints and a number of features of hotels, such as the number of stars and services offered like saunas, swimming pools and air-conditioning. Furthermore, the results are adjusted for climatic conditions and the characteristics of each country in the world.
How reliable are the carbon footprint report figures?
The carbon footprint measurement in regards to accommodation is still in its infancy. The generated numbers are an estimate. Therefore, in a number of cases, this value will be higher or lower than in reality. However, the probability that an accommodation with a very high carbon footprint actually has a very low carbon footprint (or vice versa) is low. It goes without saying that we are working very hard to promptly replace these estimated values in the shortest possible time for actual values.
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