The subject of sustainability and reducing carbon intensity has grown in importance, just as many of us were forced into pandemic lockdowns and had to travel less.
This is now increasingly becoming embedded into our lives, with businesses committing to do their part to reduce their environmental impact. Many larger companies have started with a headline promise of a reduction target.
Sustainable Hospitality Alliance reported that the hotel sector accounts for around 1% of global carbon emissions. To keep pace, the global hotel industry will need to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per room per year by 66% from 2010 levels by 2030, and 90% by 2050.
But challenges remain around measuring carbon emissions, and how they are actually reduced, across the many facets of a business. And consumers will be wary of “greenwashing” – when organisations use environmental claims in their marketing which have little basis in real facts. Many hotels are joining an industry accreditation scheme to obtain impartial review of their sustainable achievements such as The Green Key Eco-Rating Program, which is graduated rating systems designed to recognise hotels and lodging facilities for their commitment to improving environmental and fiscal performance.
At Trinity, we are keen to support our clients in the hospitality industry on their carbon reduction journey. Our procurement team are working closely with all our suppliers to build a strong, sustainable supply chain as it is essential we work with suppliers that are able to assist Trinity Purchasing and our customers meet sustainable sourcing goals and commitments.
We identify critical commodities that have the most impact on our planet and source alternative sustainable solutions that will help us to reduce carbon footprint.
Key sustainability focus areas:
- Plastic use – especially single-use plastics
- Energy consumption
- Water consumption
- Paper use – to stop deforestation
- Chemical usage (i.e. eco-friendly cleaning/washing products)
- Food / Agriculture – focus on local sourcing and promoting plant-based alternatives
- Waste reduction and management
How to use less paper and help the environment
We have teamed up with leading suppliers that have products and solutions that will help you:
- Reduce paper consumption: There are many product innovations designed to change staff and customer behaviour passively through product use, which can reduce paper use by 25% or more.
- Source more sustainable paper products: Look for the following logos and labels when choosing your paper products. Paper products with more recycled material have a lower environmental impact. FSC® certification. FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) is a third-party independent certification for responsibly sourced wood and wood fibre materials such as pulp. EU Ecolabel. The European Union’s labelling scheme for environmental excellence that is awarded to products and services meeting high environmental standards throughout the lifecycle.
It doesn’t matter where you start – it matters that you take the first step. And we are here to help. We’ll be updating you regularly on products and services that can help with carbon reduction and sharing best practices. If you need support on your sustainability journey – please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.