Frequently asked

This section provides the answers for common questions relating to carbon emissions and using the framework. This page should cover all the
information you need to know about using the framework and generating a total carbon emissions score per package you are creating.

What is CO2e?
Carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) is a term for describing different greenhouse gases in a common unit. This includes not just Carbon but other
greenhouse gases.

What does primary and secondary data mean?
When a DMC or hotel has filled in our survey, the results from that survey is the ‘primary data’. When a supplier has not replied to the survey, ecollective
have used industry averages based on the star rating and geographic location, this is ‘secondary data’. The aim is to collect more and more primary data
year on year to make the results more accurate.

How do you get a CO2 score for a hotel that has not filled in the survey?
We use data based on the country the hotel is listed in and the star quality of that hotel. Different countries emit different amount of CO2 dependant on
their reliance on fossil fuels and usually the better the hotel, the more CO2 emissions are emitted.

How do we get an accurate Carbon Score?
Any new hotel providers will need to complete the Accommodation Emissions survey. Click here for the latest up to date survey

Once the survey has been completed the results will be automatically updated to the list to give you a score. We will not publish the score unless you give us permission to. Your accommodation will now be part of the carbonscored network and be able to be used by any tour operators that use it.

The CO2 emissions are per room, what if there are 1, 2 or 3 people in one room?
The current scoring system is based off having an average 1.9 people per room across all F&W bookings. To make it easier, for the sales teams we
provided one simple score per room per night based off this average occupancy.

Why is the impact of flying in business class higher than economy?
Air travel factors are calculated on the basis of the area of the plane each passenger takes up. If a plane is comprised totally of business-class seats, as
opposed to more closely packed economy class seats, fewer passengers can fly. Therefore, each passenger takes a larger share of the emissions.

What feedback can we get as hotels?
We are more than happy to share your total CO2e emissions prpn. Measuring this information is the first step in trying to reduce your CO2e emissions and as an industry, the better we protect the planet, the less risky climate change will be for our businesses. We will not share these figures with anyone else unless we have your agreement.

As we collect more info, we would love it if we can start to communicate changes to properties based on successes elsewhere. For example, in South Africa,
some properties rent space out to solar farms in exchange for carbon free electricity. Are there others would could be interested in this deal? Perhaps,
hotels in similar locations could partner together to bulk buy electricity or more ethically produced food? It doesn’t have to be just about CO2 either, hotels
have listed several areas that they have existing projects on in the sustainability area.

If interested in a basic report back to hotels based on their survey response, please message Charlie who can create a quick template with the score, a brief methodology and what can be done to improve.