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Title: Prediction of pollutant emission through electricity consumption by the Hotel Industry in Hong Kong
Authors: Chan, W
Lam, J
Keywords: Pollutants
Environmental reporting
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Source: International journal of hospitality management, 2002, v. 21, no. 4, p. 381-391 How to cite?
Journal: International journal of hospitality management 
Abstract: This paper estimates the quantity of pollutants produced by the hotel industry through its electricity consumption. A survey of 17 hotels in Hong Kong was carried out to collect 3 years of energy consumption data. Regression analysis indicated that gross floor area was a major and statistically accepted factor in explaining the electricity consumption in hotels. It was found that the average electricity consumption was about 342 kW h/m2/year. Then, based on some established pollutant emission factors of coal and natural gas, the amount of sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxides, carbon dioxides and particulates created by the hotel industry's electricity usage during a 10-year period from 1988 to 1997 was estimated. The study further predicts the increase in these amounts in 1998–2003 accompanying the rise in the number of hotel properties. The findings indicate that the existing green measures and devices are inadequate to cope with the increase in pollution emission in the near future. We believe that the hotel industry should adopt a more proactive approach to reduce electricity usage and propose the inclusion of environmental reporting in trade journals.
ISSN: 0278-4319
EISSN: 1873-4693
DOI: 10.1016/S0278-4319(02)00027-0
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