Environment Programme, Industry and Environment (UNEP IE) and
International Hotels and Restaurants Organisation (IH&RA)
The International Hotels and Restaurants
Organisation (IH&RA) is a global network of independent and
chain operators, national hotel associations, hospitality
suppliers and education centres in the hotel and restaurant
industry in 147 countries.
Since 1995 UNEP IE has been invited to judge
the IH&RA's annual Green Hotelier Environment Award , and
continues to assist IH&RA develop the focus and scope of
their award to encourage high standards of environment
performance from the applicants. The Green Hotelier is awarded
to an independent and corporate hotelier who pioneered
environment management in his/her hotel or hospitality
Raised awareness and catalysed environmental improvement
in the hotel industry.
Increased environment management in the hotel industry,
both for small independent hotels and the larger
international chains, leading to lower resource use and
waste output, to the introduction of renewable energy
sources and the improvement of operating efficiency and
reduction of operating costs.
Identified emerging issues that need to be addressed, such
as capacity building of national hotel associations and the
development of environmental reporting in the hotel industry
Case Studies on Environmental Good Practices in Hotels ,
based on selected applicants to the Green Hotelier Award.
They also published jointly How the Hotel and Tourism
Industry can Protect the Ozone Layer .
UNEP IE and IH&RA, in collaboration with the
International Association of Hotel School Directors, are
working on the development of an Environmental Teaching
Resource Pack for Hospitality Educational Institutes . This
project was initiated in response to the findings of a
survey on environmental teaching in hotel schools showing
that over 90% of hotel schools world-wide did not include an
environment curriculum in their syllabus.
Identify the needs of the hotel industry in environment
Develop practical, user-friendly and therefore effective
guides to facilitate environment improvement;
Reach a wide audience through the networks of the two
Educate on the importance and benefits of environment
management, given the demand of guidance material on the
development of environment curricula in hotel schools.
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