How to become a sustainable hotel, B&B, or guest house
4 min. read
While there are several large hotel chains in the UK, the hospitality sector includes around 35,000 small bed and breakfasts and guesthouses.
With the hospitality industry responsible for up to 15% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, small accommodation businesses have a crucial role in helping the UK reach its target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Benefits of becoming a sustainable accommodation business
There are many reasons why companies should become more environmentally friendly.
Annual energy costs for the hospitality sector are more than £1.3 billion, with carbon emissions of over eight million tonnes per year.
These figures demonstrate how becoming more sustainable can generate significant cost savings.
Customers are demanding it too. Visit England data found 58% of people want to stay in accommodation with environmentally friendly practices, while a survey of 29,000 travellers by Booking.com found 83% think sustainable travel is vital.
Going green is an opportunity to stand out from competitors and attract new business.
The Booking.com study found that 53% of travellers get annoyed if the place where they are staying stops them from being sustainable.
Regulatory pressures on businesses are growing too, with new measures such as the Plastic Packaging Tax showing the UK Government’s increasing focus on sustainability.
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