All hotels in Dubai are required to carry out an energy audit to measure their carbon footprint from 15 March, 2023.
“Effective 15 March 2023, every hotel in Dubai will have to report every month what is the amount of carbon footprint they have; how much electricity and water are they consuming; and what are they doing with waste management,” Abhayjit Sinha, Strategic Advisor, Middle East Solar Industry Association, said on the sidelines of a panel discussion on renewable energy projects at the ongoing Middle East Energy Dubai summit, according to Zawya.
Dubai’s DET had announced the relaunch of the carbon calculator tool that measures the carbon footprint in Dubai’s hospitality sector. The tool has been revamped to track real-time data for carbon emission sources, allowing hotels to identify and effectively manage their energy consumption.
Hotels are required to submit their energy audit results to the Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) every month. If the carbon footprint is within a specified threshold, the hotels will be incentivised and if it exceeds the threshold, they will be penalised.
The carbon calculator tool uses eight parameters to measure the carbon footprint by the hospitality sector.
On a monthly basis, hotels are required to submit their consumption of nine carbon emission sources: electricity, water, district cooling, liquefied petroleum gas, landfill waste, recycled waste, petrol, diesel and refrigerants.