Direct Emissions + Indirect Emissions = Total Emissions - Carbon Offsets = Carbon Footprint
Indirect emissions includes business air and ground travel of employees, freight deliveries and waste (food, packaging and water).
To be Carbon Neutral or Carbon Zero, hotels should use Renewable Energy, reduce carbon where possible and carbon offset the rest.
The organisation has a formal sustainability policy in place.
The level and type of operations and their potential impact on the local environment (social, economic, environment) has been documented.
A green team exists and a coordinator has been appointed.
Staff receive training on sustainability and responsible business management.
Sourcing of local goods and services including local employment is actively supported.
The organisation is aware of and complies with all regulatory requirements (including but not limited to environmental, social, cultural, quality, health and safety).
An up to date legal compliance register is in place.
The hotel has prepared and implemented a comprehensive communication strategy to accurately inform all internal and external stakeholders on their environmental and social sustainability policy programs and responsible business initiatives.
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Properties listed in the NOW Track & Book are members of the NOW Force for Good Alliance and they are required to take the NOW Tracker Assessment to assess an operator’s economic, social and environmental impact.
The NOW Tracker Assessment is developed and powered by EarthCheck. It is also known as EarthCheck Evaluate and provides an Earth Rating Certification, the product of fifteen years of market research and experience through their flagship program, EarthCheck Certified. NOW encourage all properties to arrange an independent audit after their first year in the EarthCheck Evaluate programme. Properties that are already in the EarthCheck Certify and the EarthCheck Evaluate Plus programme have independent audits and are not required to take the annual NOW Tracker Assessment.
EarthCheck Evaluate’s Earth Rating Certification
The Earth Ratings range from 1 to 5 Earths. Businesses also receive a rating for each section of the programme to identify opportunities for improvement in areas of Commitment, Performance, Governance, Risk Management and Communication.
Each of the criteria in the EarthCheck Evaluate Program represents Best Practice in Sustainable Tourism. Those with more best practices implemented the higher the score. The overall score is calculated from the number of positive responses (best practices) per section in the checklist. Additionally, an individual score per section is calculated to provide an indication of strengths and weaknesses.
% of Best Practice Sustainability Criteria Implemented
0 – 20%
Beginning the sustainability journey
21 – 40%
Gaining momentum on the sustainability journey
41 – 60%
Half way to achieving best practice sustainability
61 – 80%
Above average achievement in sustainability
81 – 100%
Best practice achievement in sustainability
EarthCheck Certify - Programme Includes an Independent Audit