New Study Reveals A Greener Way to Travel: Airbnb Community Shows Environmental Benefits of Home Sharing
Airbnb Hosts Promote Energy Efficient Practices, North American Guests Use Up To 63 Percent Less Energy
A community-driven hospitality company released a new study quantifying the environmental benefits of home sharing for travelers.
Conducted by Cleantech Group (CTG), this study finds that Airbnb promotes a more efficient use of existing resources and is an environmentally sustainable way to travel. Traveling on Airbnb results in significant reduction in energy and water use, greenhouse gas emissions, and waste, and encourages more sustainable practices among both hosts and guests.
Cleantech Group analysed over 8,000 survey responses from hosts and guests worldwide (from February 2014 to April 2014) and conducted research on residential and hotel sustainability levels and practices. For the values presented in this study, CTG compared residences to the most sustainable and energy-efficient hotels. Data reflecting the top 5th percentile hotels (in terms of energy use) from an Energy Star report was compared to residential energy data for the 40-50th percentile of homes in North America.
A similar approach was used in Europe. This is a reflection of the wide range of residential units that participate in home sharing, as well as a recognition of the best practices that have already been implemented in hotels.
North American highlights from the study include:
Many environmental experts and leaders have been encouraged by the results of the study and the impact the Airbnb community is having around the world.
“Airbnb is demonstrating the potential of home sharing to help make destinations better places to live and visit,” said Brian T. Mullis, Founder and CEO of global non-profit Sustainable Travel International. “The research recently undertaken by the Cleantech Group demonstrates a reduced environmental footprint is possible for the travel industry with an increase in home sharing options.”Source: