Environmental Good Practice in Hotels, published
by UNEP IE and the International Hotel & Restaurant Association (IH&RA),
presents 15 case studies selected from the IH&RA annual Environmental Award.
The case studies document environmental programmes initiated by independent hotels
and international chains across the globe - in Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe
and North America. Action areas include environmental policy, design and construction,
water, energy, waste, emissions, purchasing, staff training, and guest communication.
The range of environmental initiatives featured is extensive, from simple recycling
measures to water conservation using the latest technology, and from resorts
built to strict environmental guidelines, to small hotels where the personal
commitment of the general manager drives environmental activities. All case
studies highlight the environmental and economic benefits gained by the actions
taken. Also included are examples of environmental initiatives taken by national
hotel associations, and a list of sources on environmental management publications
and programmes in the hotel industry.
According to UNEP IE Director Jacqueline Aloisi de Larderel, "The
publication has been made available to commend the efforts of pioneering hoteliers,
provide practical examples of what can be achieved, promote good environmental
practice throughout the industry and encourage dissemination of information
on environmental management process and technologies".
Environmental Good Practice in Hotels helps
hotels and tourism firms worldwide to improve their environmental performances.
It is also of use to teaching institutions, industry associations and government
agencies involved in promoting and supporting environmental management activities
developed by the tourism industry.