Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) will provide Dubai hotels with an individual Hotel Emission Analysis Report outlining each establishment’s emission performance in comparison to other properties.
The Department will use results from the Carbon Calculator software to provide hotels with recommendations for improvement by referring them to the ‘12 Steps Towards Sustainability’ manual, which was launched by Dubai Tourism last year.
“In line with the vision of His Highness, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai, to transform the emirate into one of the world’s leading sustainable tourism destinations, the Hotel Emission Analysis Report has been developed as a targeted manual to guide hotels on the sustainability performance of their properties,” says Yousuf Lootah, executive director of Tourism Development and Investments at Dubai Tourism.
According to Dubai Tourism, the Hotel Emission Analysis report was launched in line with the UAE’s 2021 National Agenda to promote sustainable growth, reinforcing Dubai’s position as the smartest city in the world and a role model in energy efficiency.
“It will provide a cohesive understanding of where they stand comparatively among their industry peers on an annual basis, identifying where improvements can be made to facilitate further resource management, in turn reducing the industry’s collective carbon footprint,” adds Lootah.
In 2017, Dubai Sustainable Tourism (DST), an initiative under Dubai Tourism, launched the Carbon Calculator software, a tool developed to measure the carbon footprint of Dubai’s hospitality sector. The emirate’s hotel establishments were mandated to record and submit their emission sources across electricity, district cooling, water and waste, with the findings collated for industry insight.