UAE hotels are well within global energy consumption trends, however KSA hotels consume 50% higher in comparison.

This is according to the latest research from hospitality forecast and research firm Colliers International, hotel carbon footprint in the UAE is within the global average range (20,000 - 30,000 KGCO2E per room).

However, Saudi Arabia’s hotel carbon footprint is 50,000 KGCO2E (per room).

It’s a similar case with hotel energy usage per square metre – the UAE is within the global average at just under 500KWH, but KSA up at around 750KWH.

The findings were highlighted by the organisers of the Arabian Travel Market, which will have responsible tourism, including current sustainable travel trends, as the trade show’s official theme for the 2018 edition.

ATM senior exhibition director Simon Press said: “It is important to highlight that the GCC is one of the fastest growing regional hospitality markets on a global scale and is a resource intensive industry. Its impact on the environment is multi-dimensional, ranging from CO2 emissions, water and energy demand, food waste, noise and light pollution.

The UN's World Tourism Organisation estimates that tourism is responsible for about 5% of global CO2 emissions.

Accommodation accounts for approximately 20% of emissions from tourism, which includes energy demand, dining and leisure.

The UAE Government has set itself a target to reduce its carbon emissions by 16% by 2021.