Hostelling International is working hard with it’s network of Youth Hostels to promote sustainable Hostelling during the 2017 Year of Sustainable Tourism. YHA New Zealand is one of our associations which are doing a great job as they have undertaken a long term commitment to reducing their carbon emissions through improved hostel facilities, staff and customer behaviours, measuring these activities and promoting their commitment.
YHA has been measuring carbon emissions, water usage and waste diversion for over a decade. They have brought the Enviro-Mark Solutions on board to refine their measures in accordance with international ISO standards. They measure all the activates across the whole network of 14 hostels plus the National Office. This gives them a solid baseline and identifies where to focus efforts to make the greatest reductions. Ultimately through their efforts they were able to receive the carbonZero certification.
What does “carbon neutral” mean and what is the carboNZero certification?
Being carbon neutral is a term that’s thrown around a lot, but the idea is that for an organisation, the amount of equivalent carbon dioxide emitted equals zero. This might seem impossible, but it can happen through a process of measuring activities that contribute to equivalent carbon emissions, reducing them and offsetting remaining emissions via a certified third party. This is where carboNZeroCertTM certification comes in.