Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Hot Hotels: Cheap, Last-Minute Hotel Rooms, Now Also Carbon Neutral
Spanish startup Hot Hotels recently announced that they will be offsetting carbon emissions for every hotel stay booked through their last-minute hotel-booking app. Though most holiday booking companies that purchase carbon credits pass on the expense to the customer, Hot will be carrying out their eco-friendly program at no extra cost to their users.
“We charge an industry standard commission to hotels and are happy to absorb this cost to make the stays of our guests carbon neutral,” says founder and CEO Conor O'Connor. According to him, Hot buys carbon credits in bulk and therefore gets discounts.
Because studies show that 10 to 102 kg of greenhouse emissions are produced per room per night, Hot Hotels will purchase 100 kg of offsets from carbon expert Allcot for each night booked. Hot, which operates in 23 countries and 167 cities, began their carbon offsetting policy after several users expressed their interest to buy carbon credits.