January the 23rd, 2024 – The environment is the topic on everyone’s lips, and while it’s a buzzword for many hoping to at least come across as more sustainable, there are those making concrete moves. Small Croatian hotels, as well as family ones, are going to be measuring their carbon footprint – here’s how.
As Poslovni Dnevnik/Jolanda Rak Sajn writes, the National Association of Family and Small Hotels knows how to contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases and increase competitiveness on the tourist market. They also know how to reduce energy costs and reduce or eliminate future carbon taxes. It’s precisely this organisation that presented a brand new project during a virtual workshop entitled “The Decarbonisation of Family and Small Hotels” .
More than 200 of the 400 or so members of this association encompassing small Croatian hotels have already started the new trend Eco green hotels. It primarily promotes the green and digital transformation of Croatian tourism as a whole – staring with small Croatian hotels.
Now they have gone one step further and, with the support of the Ministry of Tourism and Sport, have decided to be among the first to measure the carbon footprint of facilities and destinations and to contribute to decarbonisation through hands-on local action.
A new DOMH methodology (the decarbonisation of small Croatian hotels) was created, which provides guidelines for reducing carbon dioxide emissions, As a result, members of this association can receive one of two certificates after an annual evaluation of their calculations is carried out by an independent auditor,
“The goal is not only to calculate the carbon footprint of the hotel, but also to sensitise and involve guests to be part of the solution,” said independent consultant Robert Verbanec.