PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2013, Vol. 32 ›› Issue (3): 408-415.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2013.03.010

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Research progress on carbon emissions in accommodation industry

LI Xu1,2, QIN Yaochen1,2, ZHANG Lijun1,2, LU Chaojun1,2   

  1. 1. The Center for Yellow River Civilization and Sustainable Development, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004, China;
    2. The College of Environment and Planning, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004, China
  • Received:2012-07-01 Revised:2012-12-01 Online:2013-03-25 Published:2013-03-25

Abstract: Accommodation industry is one of the major energy-consuming sectors of the tourism industry. Reduction of carbon emission in accommodation industry has become an important part of the countermeasures to global climate change, and is increasingly getting attentions from the academia. In this paper, by combing through and summarizing the relevant literature at home and abroad, we found that studies of carbon emissions in accommodation industry have been centered around the topics such as the estimations of carbon emissions through direct and indirect energy consumptions, the factors impacting carbon emission, the steps to reduce carbon emissions, and so on. The majority of the research methods are quantitative, involving a variety of statistical analyses. The related studies in China have lagged behind in comparison to the ones abroad. Overall, the research topics on carbon emissions in accommodation industry have changed from superficial to in-depth, and the research methods from simple to complex. The research has provided a scientific basis for energy conservation and emission reduction in accommodation industry, and has laid a foundation for the research on low-carbon tourism development.

Key words: accommodation industry, carbon emission, impact factor, low-carbon tourism, research progress