The City Park Hotel is pleased to present its first Carbon Footprint Report. The report was prepared in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG), the most widely used international carbon calculation methodology, compatible with other GHG standards such as the ISO 14064 and EC 600/2012 protocol. This document is the executive summary of the report. Details of calculations, results from surveys and research done in association with this report can be obtained from City Park Hotel environmental officer upon request. The report was prepared by Ígildi ehf.
The emitting activities covered in this carbon footprint report for 2017 includes direct emissions resulting from City Park Hotel owned or controlled equipment and emissions from purchased electricity and heat (referred to as Scope 1 and 2 emissions respectively). Selected indirect emissions from City Park Hotel upstream and downstream activities (referred to as Scope 3 emissions) are also summarized. It is important to highlight that under the GHG Protocol, the reporting of both direct emissions and indirect emissions, resulting from purchased electricity and heat/steam, are compulsory. Other indirect emissions, scope 3 emissions, are reported on a voluntary basis given reliable data.
City Park Hotel has gone to all reasonable lengths to ensure the accuracy of this report.
City Park Hotel is one of four hotels in Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland, owned by the company City Park Hótel ehf. City Park Hotel started opened in September of 2016, with 57 rooms with modern amenities. The hotel employs approximately 20 full-time staff that service guests with clean surroundings, complementary breakfast, evening snacks and drinks, as well as first class travel assistance.
With this GHG report, City Park Hotel demonstrates corporate responsibility by:
City Park Hotel’s focus on social responsibility and environmental stewardship enables its guests and employees to participate in addressing an important global issue.
City Park Hotel has chosen to use the Control Approach for the purposes of consolidating and reporting GHG emissions. City Park Hotel is a single-site closely held operation and holds no equity in other operations. The only site of operation reported on herein is the hotel at Ármúli 5 in Reykjavík.
This report includes emission from the following activities.
Scope 1: Direct GHG Emissions from company owned or controlled assets. This includes purchase of any and all fuel that is purchased directly by the Hotel and for fuel reimbursed to employees.
Scope 2: Indirect GHG Emissions from purchased electricity or steam. We include the consumption of municipal hot and cold water in addition to consumption of national-grid electricity.
Scope 3: Other indirect GHG Emissions from the operation of the company. Here we have chosen to take account of purchase of single-use paper and plastic, as well as employee travel to and from work as the main upstream activities. For downstream activities, we have selected waste management and laundry service. We do not factor in purchase of capital equipment, food for complimentary services or purchases of cleaning agents. According the GHG Protocol Corporate Reporting Standard, Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions must be reported. Scope 3 emissions are voluntary.
Emissions in Scope 1 and Scope 2 include the required GHG protocol gasses; Carbon dioxide (CO₂), methane (CH₄), nitrous oxides (nominally N₂O) and hydro-fluoro carbons (HFC). In the executive summary, those emissions are converted to carbon dioxide equivalence value (CO₂ e) where the greenhouse warming potential (GWP) for the four GHG gasses is weighed into a single number. Scope 3 emissions are only in terms of CO₂ e values.
City Park Hotel started operation in September 2016. The report was prepared in December 2017 when one year of data was available. The values for 2017 therefore encompass one year of operation. In cases where data was not available, forecasted values were used.
The base year for the report is 2017. The first report will include all quarters of this year. The lead key performance indicator (KPI) will be kg CO₂ equivalence emissions per occupancy unit (per occupied room per day).
A new base year may be chosen if City Park Hotel moves location to a new site. The base year will be re-calculated if conversion factors are updated in significant way (more than 10%). The base year is not re-calculated if the hotel expands its number of hotel rooms, or merges with another hotel.
City Park Hotel has chosen to use the Emission Factor Method for the purposes of calculating GHG emissions. The consultants at Ígildi ehf. have made all efforts possible to use the best available emissions factors at the time of reporting.
The total emissions for City Park Hotel in the reporting period of 2017 is 45.0 metric tonnes (MT) of CO₂ equivalences. Of those, 2.7 MT come from the mandatory reporting scopes, but the remainder from Scope 3 emissions.
The scope 1 and scope 2 carbon footprint per room per night is therefore 150 g(CO₂ e). The footprint including Scope 3 is 2.46 kg(CO₂ e) per occupied room per night.
This footprint is within the 10% fraction of hotels surveyed*
*(Survey of 350 major hotels in major cities that have reported footprints)
City Park Hotel did not operate vehicles in 2017 and had no refrigeration/air conditioning units that needed maintenance and refilling.
City Park Hotel purchased electricity from Orka Náttúrunnar (ON), which does not trade its low carbon footprint. The value used here is 0.011 kg(CO₂ e)/kWh. The production footprint for geothermally produced hot-water is 0.379 kg(CO₂ e)/m³. Production footprint for cold water was not available, but is considered negligible in Iceland.
Emission factors for Scope 3 were taken from the UK-GHG coefficient sets and modified to reflect the extra transport distances for Iceland. GHG coefficients for Laundry Services were based on research of the service provider. Employee transportation values are projected from survey conducted November 2017.
The largest contributor in Scope 3 for the carbon footprint is laundry service. This component is commonly a large contributor in hotel operations, since industrial laundry uses considerable quantities of water and electricity. City Park Hotel will overhaul its laundry service in order to reduce water consumption and electricity in the first two quarters of 2018.
City Park Hotel does not effectively sort waste that comes from the hotel operation. In 2018, the hotel will overhaul its waste management program in order to reduce emissions from the operation.