Making large cuts in greenhouse gas emissions is challenging for companies, but it is possible. Reducing corporate emissions does not need to go at the expense of business performance and can help to reduce costs and increase revenues. How do you make strides towards a greener future? How do we maintain profits? What steps must be taken to inform employees as well as customers?
The challenge for Learners in Net Zero is to play the role of 500-room, 4-star city center hotel General Manager with the goal of reaching “net-zero” greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and reducing emissions by 50% over a 7-year period while at the same time optimizing financial performance.
Choosing the right emission reduction strategies requires managers to think through all the consequences of their decisions and prioritize as not all initiatives that look “green” have a significant impact on emissions.
Each year, learners must prioritize and select up to 3 initiatives from a wide-ranging and evolving list including energy, purchasing, and management initiatives that impact the hotel’s emissions and business performance.
After each round of decisions players are provided feedback in terms of the hotel emissions as well as performance indicators such as energy and water consumption, waste generation, and financial performance.
Altogether, the hotel’s emissions are reduced through a combination of technical solutions and behavioral changes by staff, customers and suppliers.
Business performance is impacted through investments in initiatives, changes in operational costs, and potential improvements in revenue per available room (REVPAR).
Instructors can customize the simulation based on recent technological developments, local conditions, the efficiency of solar panels, electricity consumption, and other features.