HOSPACE will be taking place after the world leaders and dealmakers have left COP26 and that is when the real work to create a sustainable way of life will, we hope, be accelerating.
Here at HOSPA we’d to encourage delegates to travel to the event with as little impact on the planet as possible and are offering a free pop-up bike servicing workshop for anyone travelling in by bike, with thanks to Sky.
From 9am to 5pm, during the event on 18th November, you can have your bike serviced, repaired or checked for safety, all for nothing (although parts aren’t included).
The offer comes after HOSPA launched a toolkit to help hotels overhaul their processes – with a view to creating a more environmentally friendly and socially conscientious offering.
The toolkit provides both environmental and societal resources including simple guides, downloadable reports, practical advice and links to other useful websites – with the overarching aim of challenging the climatic and social impact of traditional hospitality processes.
Expert consultancy will help businesses reduce energy costs, as well as consumption, with HOSPA's partner Inspired Energy providing a complete utilities solution to support companies at every stage of their net zero journey.
HOSPA members can access the toolkit, which was created with Sleeping Lion, here.
Jane Pendlebury, CEO of HOSPA, commented: “As we continue to recover from Covid, we must look to build a better and more resilient hospitality industry that’s fit for the future. And as part of that, it’s not just about financial recovery – it’s clear that sustainability must be at the heart of the rebuilding process. After all, that’s what sustainability is: the ability to continue in the long-term. This toolkit is our way of helping to guide our members and support them in their long-term sustainability journeys.”
With an estimated contribution of around 2% to global carbon emissions, the magnitude of hotel emissions is significant and in need of collective, informed solutions. To achieve Net Zero, the industry must reduce its carbon emissions per room by 90% by 2050 (66% by 2030)* – an ambitious yet attainable target.
An internal survey of HOSPA members indicated that the majority of its members take sustainability seriously but recognise they have a long way to go. A comprehensive toolkit focussing on ethical and sustainable behaviour will help hotels get on the right path towards a greener future, which will naturally align with the wider environmental and societal objectives of the UK.
Designed to help simplify this highly complex area and help companies make sustainability work for them, the toolkit understands that each business is unique, therefore a holistic approach is paramount, to ensure sustainable practice is accessible to all its members.
So don’t be afraid of helmet hair at this year’s HOSPACE - wear it as a badge of honour.
*Source: UK Green Council and Sustainability Hospitality Alliance as we work to make our lifestyles sustainable.