An estimation of the environmental impact of diesel oil usage in Hong Kong hotels

Wai Hung Chan, Lui Ming Mak

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This paper estimates the quantity of pollutant produced by the Hong Kong hotel industry through diesel oil consumption. A survey of 20 hotels was carried out to collect three years' energy consumption data. Regression analysis indicated that gross floor area was a major and statistically accepted factor in explaining diesel oil consumption. Diesel oil consumption had reduced from the early 1990s and stabilised by the late 1990s. The sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, carbon dioxide and particulate pollution created by the hotel industry’s diesel oil usage from 1990 to 1999 is estimated. The findings indicate that existing green measures and devices are passive and depend on the assimilation of the atmosphere. Environmental costs have stabilised at about HK$54,000 per annum. More proactive approaches to reduce usage and environmental impacts are proposed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)346-355
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Sustainable Tourism
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004


  • Boiler
  • Diesel oil
  • Emission
  • Hotel
  • Pollutants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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