Determine, reduce and compensate CO2 emissions

Interesting facts about the CO2-footprint, reduction and offsetting for hotels

The reduction of CO2 emissions is of great importance in the fight against climate change. Around 5% of all climate-damaging emissions worldwide are caused by tourism. In addition to a sustainability certificate, emissions accounting and the reduction of the carbon footprint are decisive for the success of a hotel business.

GreenSign certified hotels have now included the CO2 footprint for their hotel operations and thus receive valuable support in reducing CO2 emissions. Hotels that have no or the earlier version of the seal can request the footprint and waterprint at any time through InfraCert.

CO2 footprint

CO2 compensation

When creating the CO2 footprint, the CO2 emissions that the hotel causes within one year are calculated on a scientific basis. The aim is to obtain a precise overview of the CO2 emissions that are released in the course of business activities and to identify the emission-rich stages in the value chain. The climate-damaging CO2 is produced depending on the nature and equipment of hotels, such as the building fabric, lighting, air conditioning, waste recycling, product use, as well as heating and cooling systems. .

For sustainable hotel management, it is essential to keep the CO2 footprint per guest and overnight stay as low as possible through modern, energy-efficient technology and sustainability initiatives. Heat recovery, green electricity or even self-produced energy supply, regional suppliers and employee training on energy efficiency are efficient measures for reducing the CO2 footprint. Hoteliers can ideally communicate their sustainable commitment with a GreenSign certification and, in addition, present the measures to reduce their CO2 footprint to the public. For business travelers in particular, this is increasingly becoming an important decision-making factor when choosing a hotel.

Not all CO2 emissions can be completely avoided. The unavoidable emissions can be offset in recognized national and international climate protection projects. For this purpose, methods have been developed by the UN and international environmental protection organizations to calculate the CO2 emissions bound by measures. Offsetting through climate protection projects helps to bind greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and render them “harmless” - and thus offset the global climate balance. The unavoidable emissions from hotel operations are neutralized and therefore no longer have any impact on the climate. After offsetting all unavoidable CO2 emissions, hoteliers receive the “climate-neutral hotel” seal.


CO2 footprint and reduction for your hotel

We will show you how you can protect the environment and nature, redefine values and communicate the whole thing in such a way that you are perceived as part of the new tourism. With the creation of a CO2 footprint for your hotel, we support you in reducing the CO2 emissions of your business.

  • In the first step, we calculate the CO2 footprint of your hotel. This gives us a precise overview of the CO2 emissions that are released in the course of your business activities and identifies high-emission stages in your value chain.

  • We are happy to provide assistance in collecting the data required for this. You will receive a fully digitized data entry sheet from us, which enables you to collect and record information very easily and at your own pace.

  • After completing the data acquisition and balancing your information, we will create an individual result report for you, which, in addition to a graphic and written evaluation of your results, contains further explanatory information on your CO2 footprint and the calculation process.

  • The calculation of the CO2 emissions is based on the criteria of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol) - the most internationally recognized and most widespread standard.

  • Based on your results report, in the second step we determine measures to avoid and reduce emissions and show you, if possible, how you can generate cost savings through this.

  • Avoided emissions are generally better than compensated emissions, as they did not arise in the first place. The reduction and adaptation of emission sources is therefore the most important step on the way to climate neutrality.

Once you have recorded the data for your CO2 footprint and received the measures to avoid and reduce emissions from climate sponsorship, you can include them in your sustainability strategy or environmental program. In the following year, after another analysis of the CO2 footprint, it is possible to say exactly where and how many emissions were saved. This information is ideal for your external communication.

Since not all emissions can be avoided, there is also the possibility of targeted compensation by investing in climate protection projects and thus becoming a climate-neutral hotel.

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CO2 compensation for your hotel

For the emissions that cannot be avoided, we present you compensation options by investing in high-quality climate protection projects with our partner climate sponsorship. We would also be happy to advise you on how you can use your ecological commitment to communicate with your employees, customers and interested parties.

This is how the compensation via climate protection projects works:

  • The UN and international environmental protection organizations have developed methods that make it possible to calculate the CO2 emissions associated with measures.

  • With the help of certified climate protection projects, these CO2 emissions are offset. Such climate protection projects can range from the promotion of renewable energies or low-emission gas stoves to the rewetting of moors (here emissions are bound in the peat). Since emissions have a global effect, it is possible that the geographical location of the emission and the compensation may differ.

  • The compensation method through climate protection projects thus helps to bind greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and render them “harmless”. There is a compensation in the global climate balance and the remaining emissions of your company have been neutralized and therefore no longer have any impact on the climate.

  • After the hotel has successfully offset the CO2 emissions, you will receive the "Climate-neutral Hotel" seal from Klimapatenschaft.


Do you have any other individual questions about GreenSign, footprint or compensation?

Feel free to contact us and we will be personally available for an informative conversation. We can best be reached by phone or email. You can also simply use our contact form to send us your questions and comments.

We look forward to hearing from you and an exciting exchange.

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