Establishing attributes of an environmental management system for green hotel evaluation

Teng Yuan Hsiao, Chung Ming Chuang*, Nae Wen Kuo, Sally Ming Fong Yu

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This study establishes attributes of an environmental management system (EMS) for the hotel industry in Taiwan to create an instrument to help address green hotel auditing. Hotel EMS indicators were initially selected from ISO14000 and nine representative foreign green hotel assessment systems. The Delphi method conducted on twenty five experts with government officials, scholars and hotel managers for item modification to identify the preliminary EMS evaluation framework. An indicator selection process was employed to determine the dimensional indicators of the system. The data analysis reveals that a total of 64 indicators into ten dimensions were identified and prioritized in terms of their relative importance and feasibility. Moreover, 38 indicators are suitable for use and 18 of them should be implemented firstly in Taiwan hotel industry. The results also reveal the comparison with Taiwan government's environmental standards. Finally the EMS approach of this study provides managerial implications for government, hoteliers and consumers to improve their environmental management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-208
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Hospitality Management
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan


  • Delphi method
  • Environmental auditing
  • Environmental management system (EMS)
  • Green hotels
  • Taiwan hotel industry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Strategy and Management


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