The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has launched a Carbon Calculator at the Arabian Travel Market 2024.

This initiative will support the UAE’s Net Zero by 2050 strategic initiative.

The tool is designed to help hotels across the emirate monitor and reduce their carbon footprint by providing a dashboard to pinpoint high consumption areas, particularly in energy and water use.

The Carbon Calculator’s methodology was developed in collaboration with the hotel industry, the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), and the Department of Energy Abu Dhabi (DoE).

EAD contributed its expertise on GreenHouse Gases (GHGs) accounting methods and tools, aligning the initiative with the EAD’s Green Business Network.

Hotels can use the Carbon Calculator to track fuel, gas, electricity, and water consumption, converting this data into kilograms of CO2 equivalent (kgCO2e) for industry-wide analysis.

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DCT Abu Dhabi will recognise the most efficient hotels and assist those with higher consumption to reduce their emissions, supporting the emirate’s broader decarbonisation efforts and encouraging the adoption of solutions such as retrofitting.

The tool also sets a precedent for implementing carbon footprint accounting in other tourism sectors, such as events and cultural sites.

To foster collective action, all hotels in Abu Dhabi are required to use the Carbon Calculator, with mandatory monthly reporting.

The dynamic dashboards provided by the Calculator will offer valuable insights to hotels, guiding their sustainability strategies.

All hotels in Abu Dhabi must register and validate their data on the Carbon Calculator. DCT Abu Dhabi is working to ensure full participation from the emirate’s hotels.

DCT Abu Dhabi director general of Tourism Saleh Mohammed Al Geziry said: “The launch of the Carbon Calculator is a significant milestone for Abu Dhabi’s hospitality industry and will help shape a greener future for our tourism sector, in line with our leadership’s vision of transforming the emirate into a carbon-neutral destination by 2050.

“By empowering hotels to assess and own their environmental impact, we are encouraging the adoption of eco-friendly tourism practices to ultimately attract a higher number of environmentally conscious tourists.”

EAD secretary general Dr. Shaikha Salem Al Dhaheri said: “We are always pleased to see the industry playing a proactive role in reducing their carbon footprint in their path towards low carbon sustainability.

“The Carbon Calculator of DCT is a tool that showcases how this important entity is adopting digital technology for the greater good of an eco-friendly tourism sector.

“The calculator will support climate action and enable the reduction of GHG emissions in Abu Dhabi as it will help touristic facilities understand their emissions and design science-based mitigation plans and strategies to fight climate change and enhance air quality.”