Swiss Hostels Partners with Ecompter To Offer Sustainability Services To Members

ecompter August 19, 2013

Swiss Hostels Partners with Ecompter To Offer Sustainability Services To Members
Ecompter, a sustainability service for hostels, hotels and other accommodation providers, today announced that it has signed a partnership agreement with Swiss Hostels. Under the terms of the agreement, Swiss Hostels will offer Ecompter’s service to its growing number of hostel members (currently 35).
The partnership is part of an initiative by Swiss Hostels to help their hostel members manage their carbon footprint with quality, continuous management reports generated by Ecompter’s service. It will also allow members to promote their environmental initiatives to guests via Swisshostels.com’s website by offering the co2 figures of each hostel member.
Nathan Güntensperger, President of the board of the Swiss Hostels Association, says; “We hope that by 2015 there will be around 1 million overnight stays at the country’s hostels each year. Without proper carbon footprint management and serious thought given to sustainability, hostel owners could be unaware of how much their business is contributing to climate change. Yet, their core customer base, typically, well-educated 20-somethings, are amongst the most environmentally conscious travelers around. Hostel owners can use Ecompter’s service to tap into this awareness and help them, through hostel policy and responsible resource usage, to dramatically cut the environmental impact of their stay, and improve the performance of the Swiss hostel industry as a whole.”
Ville Valorinta, Ecompter’s Founder and CEO, concludes; “Swiss Hostels want their members to be able to communicate their sustainability efforts in a unified way – and show that the country’s hostels are doing their bit to support Switzerland’s reputation as an environmentally conscious country. Ecompter is the perfect choice as it is one of the first sustainability services based on the hotel industry agreed common method for measuring and communicating carbon emissions – the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI). This standardized way of presenting sustainability initiatives means that guests can easily review sustainability initiatives via the Swiss Hostel website, while also looking at other features and offerings.”
Ecompter’s sustainability service also includes an easy-to-digest summary of each hostel’s environmental initiatives and results, plus an interactive image of the hostel room to show guests how they can reduce their consumption during their stay, for example by switching off lights when not in the room. Please see www.ecompter.com for full details and demonstration of the Ecompter service. You can also follow Ecompter on Twitter @EcompterLtd

Editor’s note:
*The energy management reporting system produces quality reports on the hostel’s greenhouse gas emissions based on the Corporate and Accounting and Reporting standard of the Green House Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol) which is the most widely used international accounting method used to calculate and manage greenhouse gas emissions. These calculations are related to the accommodation.
About Ecompter:
Ecompter is a sustainability service for hotels, hostels and other accommodation providers that enables managers to raise awareness of their property’s environmental initiatives, to communicate them and to manage and report on them to increase guest loyalty, to motivate staff and for their own carbon consumption management purposes. Ecompter’s service features continuous CO2 management reporting and an online CO2 calculator for guests. It also features an easy-to-digest summary of the hostel’s environmental initiatives and results, plus an interactive image of the hostel room to show guests how they can cut their energy use during their stay (eg by using the shower instead of bath). Ecompter’s management reports adhere to international Greenhouse Gas Protocol agreed standards and it is the first service to be based on the new hotel industry agreed common method for measuring and communicating carbon emissions – the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI 1.0). Ecompter’s CO2 footprint calculation methodology has been assured by PwC, the global consulting firm.
For more information, please visit http://www.ecompter.com

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