The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has reasserted its commitment to sustainable development across the entire spectrum of travel and tourism with a renewed pledge to support the Paris Accord, within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.Embedded within this PATA advocacy theme is an acknowledgement and recognition that tourism must play an influential role in preserving the planet’s natural resources by adopting effective, sustainable practices.PATA CEO, Dr Mario Hardy said, “Our members, both public and private sector, are leading by example. They recognise that responsible business practices must embrace practical measures to offset the potentially irreversible damage to our planet caused by climate change.”He has welcomed the responses and statements of leading business figures such as Apple CEO Tim Cook and Tesla Inc; Co-Founder Elon Musk as well as the Governors of several U.S. states that have also reaffirmed their commitment to combating climate change.Dr Hardy further added, “Now is the time to reinforce our determination for the principles and objectives of the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. This agreement has now been ratified by 147 nations and territories. We encourage more nations to sign and to support practically the efforts to reduce carbon emissions.”Many facets of positive hospitality at AccorHotelsA year ago, AccorHotels unveiled its new, ambitious CSR commitments for 2020. The group’s sustainable development program, Planet 21, focuses on four fields of action, namely employees, guests, partners and local communities, as well as two priority issues, food and sustainable buildings.Over 500 urban vegetable gardensAccorHotels, which is present in 1,700 cities worldwide has committed to developing urban farming and to planting 1,000 vegetable gardens by 2020. Through the initiative, the hotel provides its guests with healthy and fresh produce which is grown organically and in-house. This initiative allows the hotel to provide guests with the best gastronomical experience, while also fulfilling responsibilities towards environmental conservation.All the produce generated is scientifically cultivated using natural farming techniques with no use of artificial chemicals and pesticides. To sensitise the guests about the initiative and create awareness about the importance of environmental protection and sustainable agricultural practices, the hotel encourages guests to try their hand at farming as well.Less Food Waste38 hotels in 13 countries are already using connected solutions to fight food waste in their kitchens and restaurants. The initiative has cut food waste by nearly 60% in the pilot hotels’ kitchens. That’s a total of €540,000 in estimated savings.To minimise wastage of food, ibis and Novotel Bengaluru Techpark and Pullman and Novotel New Delhi Aerocity have installed an Organic Waste Composter within the hotel premises. With the help of this composter, spoiled and leftover food scraps are composted which in turn provide nutrition to the soil and enhance its quality.One of Planet 21’s two priorities is to achieve carbon neutral buildings. In 2016, the Group cut its energy consumption by 2.4% and CO2 emissions by three percent. These results are even more encouraging because they were achieved despite particularly unfavourable world weather conditions in 2016 compared with 2015 since demand for heating and air-conditioning increased more than four percent.