Airbnb supporting environmentally-friendly travel worldwide

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Airbnb environmentally-friendly travel
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Following the launch of Airbnb’s Office of Healthy Tourism, an initiative to drive local, authentic and sustainable tourism in countries and cities across the globe, it has released data that demonstrates how the Airbnb community supports environmentally-friendly travel worldwide.

Since Airbnb’s founding in 2008, over 300 million guests have checked in at Airbnb listings around the world, and there are now nearly 5 million homes shared on our platform. From the beginning, home sharing has shown its potential as a more sustainable option for travel. 88 percent of Airbnb hosts around the world now incorporate green practices into hosting, such as using green cleaning products, providing recycling or composting, encouraging guests to use public transportation or providing bicycles, or installing solar panels. That includes over 88 percent of hosts in Europe (over 94 percent in the UK) and over 90 percent of hosts in North America.

Additionally, 66 percent of Airbnb guests surveyed from 2017 say the environmental benefits of home sharing were important in their choice to stay on Airbnb. At a time when travel and tourism account for 10 percent of the global economy and growing, Airbnb listings generate less waste, use less water, and drain less energy than traditional hotel accommodations, it said in a statement.

88% of Airbnb hosts incorporate green practices into hosting
66% of Airbnb guests say the environmental benefits of home sharing were important in their accommodation choice
826K number of homes equivalent to Airbnb’s energy savings in Europe in 2017

In 2014, Airbnb engaged Cleantech Group to conduct an analysis of how the environmental impact of stays at Airbnb listings compared to that of stays in hotels. The firm found that the environmental impact of stays at Airbnb properties is significantly lower than that of stays in traditional accommodations across the impact categories analyzed.

A 2018 analysis using the Cleantech model finds that when guests stay on Airbnb, significantly less energy and water are used, fewer greenhouse gases are emitted, and waste is reduced. By staying in Airbnb listings rather than hotels in 2017, Airbnb guests in Europe achieved energy savings equal to that of 826,000 homes and reduced water usage equal to 13,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Airbnb guest stays in North America resulted in lower greenhouse gas emissions equal to that of over 354,000 cars and waste reduction of 64,000 tons. (For methodology, please see the bottom of this post).

Airbnb also supports sustainable travel by providing eco-minded guests with a growing range of places to stay and things to do. Airbnb Experiences offer unique, authentic activities to local communities worldwide, and a growing number of Experiences focus on sustainable living and the environment, often in partnership with nonprofits. Guests can spend an afternoon in a jungle nursery with the Free Tree Society in Kuala Lumpur, kayak with penguins in Cape Town, tour an urban farm in Sydney, search for wild dolphins off the coast of Maui, explore the lush forests outside Havana, help restore coral reefs in Bali, or support the London Wildlife Trust at intimate concerts in London.

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