Hotels Reduce Carbon Footprint to Save on Energy Consumption

Apr 5, 2021 | Hotel Technology Blog, Informational

Rising worldwide temperatures, rising sea-levels, giant plastic waste patches drifting in the oceans: it’s gotten to be pretty clear that we ought to discover better approaches of doing commerce and living our lives. And the hotel industry is reacting to this need in a number of ways. From utilizing unused innovations that diminish their carbon impression and overhead to more sustainable visitor encounters that cater to progressively environmentally conscious customers, hotel administrators are re-inventing the industry. And measures that were once considered dynamic or even gimmicky, are rapidly becoming standard hotel administration best practices.


The most direct way that hotels are executing feasible practices and diminishing their carbon impression is at the operational level. After all, individual consumption preferences vary broadly from guest-to-guest. So whereas visitors can be offered more economical choices, there’s no controlling how many showers they take, how extraordinary they run climate control settings, or how much room service they request. By handling sustainability at the operational level, be that as it may, hotels are able to constrain the environmental impact of even the most inefficient guests. More imperatively, numerous sustainable operational practices also offer cost-savings that not only pay for their introductory implementation but increase overall hotel benefit. In other words, there’s a really solid business case for actualizing sustainable hotel management practices.


Energy consumption makes up 60% of a hotel’s carbon footprint. It also comprises 60% of a hotel’s utility expenses. In fact, energy use eats up 6-10% of a hotel property’s incomes, and is one of the quickest developing operating costs for the hotel industry at large. 

More specifically, while occupancy sensors and smart thermostats screen and react to changes in room occupancy, smart energy management frameworks like Verdant EI utilize modern machine learning calculations to persistently analyze local weather patterns, historical thermodynamics, and peak request loads to optimize energy consumption in real-time, 24/7.


Climate control has become essential to all hotel properties. Each and every hotel require some form of an HVAC system. In order to reduce their carbon footprint, hotels continue to implement IoT-enabled energy management systems that adjust and monitor energy consumption at all times. This improves HVAC systems performance and significantly reduces energy consumption.


IoT systems are allowing hotels to effectively reduce their lighting and energy consumption. Similar to how HVAC systems use occupancy sensors and algorithms to maximize energy consumption, smart lighting allows hotels to track occupancy patterns. Both of Verdant’s ZX and VX smart thermostats mesh with other third party lighting systems. This allows hotels to use the Verdant El energy management system to maximize energy consumption year-round. Some companies have reduced energy consumption by up to 75% simply by switching to smart lighting systems. The Chatwal Hotel in New York implemented smart lighting, leading to them saving more than 410,000 annual kilowatt-hours. This is equivalent to 90% reduction in energy consumption. This hotel managed to save almost $125,000 which proves that these sustainable hotel operations are practical. This change has been implemented and successful in other hotels as well. The Radisson Blu Dubai Media City and the Grosvenor House replaced lights with smart LED lighting and reduced their energy consumption by about 80% in just 18 months.

Excerpt from an article taken from Verdant blog written by John Attala on July 8, 2019