UAE-based hospitality group, TIME Hotels has launched the Middle East’s first carbon offset accommodation at two of its hotels in Dubai.

time-carbonoffsetThe two hotels initially chosen were TIME Oak Hotel & Suites and TIME Grand Plaza Hotel which together are aiming to save over 320 tonnes of carbon emissions by the year end, the equivalent of flying a fully occupied 60-seater plane around the world, through their ‘Hotel Stay Carbon Offset Programme,’

Each guest that checks-in at one of the participating TIME hotels is offered a chance to contribute towards climate protection. For just AED 15 per stay, the carbon emissions they generate, by consuming energy and water during their stay, can be offset. Their contribution is then transferred to the myclimate Foundation, a Swiss non-profit organisation that helps companies around the world to offset their carbon emissions.

myclimate calculates the amount of climate-impacting emissions from organisations such as TIME Hotels and invests into high quality carbon offset projects. In this way, the same amount of climate-impacting emissions that are generated by a guest stay are saved somewhere else.

Carbon offset guest stays at TI’ME Hotels will support solar lighting initiatives in rural Ethiopia, by replacing traditional kerosene lamps and funding energy-efficient cooking stoves for displaced families living in temporary camps in Darfur, Sudan.