Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, UAE, has begun a trial of new green hotel guidelines across four properties in the city.

The guidelines, which are at the design stage, for new hotels aim to improve sustainable tourism in the region and are based on Abu Dhabi’s Estidama Pearl Rating System.

“Hotels use more energy and water and produce more waste than all other buildings,” said ADTA Tourism Standards director Nasser Al Reyami. “So if we want to help reduce the impact of buildings on our environment then it is a good idea to start by focusing on hotels.”

The authority will absorb its green standards into its hotel classification system when the trial is complete next year.

The guidelines are being piloted across two four-star and two five-star hotels, representing a mix of resorts and urban properties.

The system was developed in conjunction with hotel stakeholders, according to ameinfo.com.