Corporate Responsibility Report
Our carbon footprint
In 2013 we worked for a second consecutive year with carbon footprint specialists Best Foot Forward to give us an up-to-date picture of IHG’s carbon footprint, using data gathered from 1,157 hotels worldwide. Known as the experts’ expert, Best Foot Forward is recognised as a global authority on sustainability and measures footprints for some of the world’s best known companies.
Following the introduction of the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI) standard across the industry in 2012, which we took a lead role in helping to develop, we launched a carbon calculator in IHG Green Engage. As well as strengthening our efforts to improve the quantity and quality of data gathered by hotels using IHG Green Engage, the calculator enables hotels to minimise their impact on the environment by tracking, managing and reducing carbon.
Carbon Footprint kg CO2e per occupied room (kg CO2e)
IHG's total carbon footprint
Direct and indirect emissions in our owned, leased and managed estate for 2013
Direct and indirect emissions in our franchised estate for 2013
We have worked with Best Foot Forward to give us an up-to-date picture of IHG's carbon footprint and assess the performance over the past few years. Best Foot Forward used a sampling and extrapolation methodology to estimate our Green House Gas (GHG) emissions. Due to the requirements of Mandatory Carbon Reporting regulations in the UK for us to report on our carbon footprint in our Annual Report and Accounts, we have changed our reporting year to 1st October to 30th September to enable us to report in time.
To derive as accurate an extrapolation as possible, the hotels reporting information via IHG Green Engage are classified by brand and region, and using occupancy data we were able to calculate a carbon footprint per occupied room for each brand and region. For those hotels which do not report via IHG Green Engage, the total carbon footprint and water consumption for the 12 months to September 30th for each hotel is calculated by multiplying the relevant (brand and regionally specific) carbon footprint by the number of occupied rooms for that hotel for the period.
The total carbon footprint and water consumption for the global estate are calculated by aggregating the individual carbon footprint or water consumption of each hotel in the global estate. The total carbon footprint is then split by ownership type, brand, region and other relevant factors to calculate the average carbon footprint per room night for the global estate.
For 2013, in line with the methodology set out in the GHG Protocol Corporate Standard, the sample covered 1,372 hotels out of our total global estate of 4,697 hotels.
Direct and indirect emissions explained
|Emissions produced from|
|Direct (Scope 1)||gases
diesel and petrol
|Energy Indirect (Scope 2)||purchased electricity
hot and chilled water
Calculating carbon through IHG Green Engage
Thanks to the carbon calculator in IHG Green Engage our hotels are able to report on the carbon footprint of a night's stay or on a meeting held by a client, giving us a more accurate picture of the progress we are making to reduce our carbon footprint. It also provides carbon insight to the growing number of guests and corporate clients who want to know the carbon efficiency of our hotels.
The calculator is based on the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI), a standardised approach to measuring carbon footprints in our industry. We took a lead role in developing the standard, working with the International Tourism Partnership (ITP), the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and other leading hotel companies.
Our global footprint per occupied room is 31kgCO2e.