BSI Delivers Hotel Carbon Reporting
18 August 2010
As the Government’s CRC (Carbon Reduction Commitment) Scheme comes into force, BSI is rolling out carbon reporting on hotels to clients. The groundbreaking reporting allows BSI clients to monitor the levels of carbon produced as an outcome of their hotel usage, enabling them to modify travel policies in line with their environmental or CSR strategies.
BSI’s timely accomplishment is a result of their commitment to fulfil corporate and public sector requirements for access to meaningful CO2 data. The reporting enhances the selection process of clients’ preferred hotel programmes and enables BSI to identify, with greater accuracy, properties that meet customers’ own environmental policies and aspirations.
BSI’s data has been supplied by CarePAR (carbon emission per available room) who takes physical and variable data from hotels and uses them to calculate the carbon weight generated in a single room per night. As hotels re-submit the variable data, their indices are recalculated, and reductions in environmental impact logged. The data has been loaded into BSI’s in-house reservations and booking systems with resulting reporting allowing clients visibility.
BSI’s Managing Director, Trevor Elswood, said: “BSI partnered with CarePAR to work on delivery of CO2 reporting as a priority to address a major industry gap and enhance the selection process of clients’ preferred hotel programmes. We have engaged key suppliers and clients such as E.on and Fujitsu, throughout the entire planning process, working together towards the common goal of reducing carbon emissions”.
One of the UK’s leading renewable energy companies, E.on, is just one of BSI’s clients who have supported BSI in developing its latest reporting tool. Judith Gledhill, UK Travel Manager for E.on, said: “Minimising the ecological impact of our business is a top priority and BSI’s reporting provides us with a much needed benchmarking tool for business accommodation. Based on informed choices, we can modify travel policies in line with wider environmental strategies, whilst continuing to benefit from the significant and accountable cost savings that BSI offers”.
CarePAR’s Peter Ducker commented: “The reports BSI has produced enable procurement and environmental teams to work hand in hand to deliver sustainable cost savings and environmental care. It is important to recognise that their achievement is also raising awareness of legislation among their suppliers, many of whom will have to register with the Environment Agency by the end of September this year and consequently, report their emissions from 2011.”
Elswood concluded: “Thanks to our effective account management and I.T. teams, the reporting is currently being rolled out across BSI’s client portfolio.”