Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 26, Issue 18, pp 17965–17973 | Cite as

Green certification, e-commerce, and low-carbon economy for international tourist hotels

  • Long-Fei ChenEmail author
Environmental Pollution and Energy Management


Increasing population and over-consumption are placing unprecedented demands on agriculture and natural resources. The Earth is suffering from global warning and environmental destruction while our agricultural systems are concurrently degrading land, water, biodiversity, and climate on a global scale. For a sustainable future, green certification, e-commerce, and environment education can boost low-carbon economy with decreasing carbon emissions, but very few researches address them for the hotel industry. This research studies the performance impact of e-commerce, international hotel chain, local hotel chain, and green certification for carbon emission reductions of international tourist hotels of Taiwan. It reveals that, after a sufficiently long time, there is an improvement in the environmental and economic performance of the green-certified hotel group. In addition, it reveals that, as recommended by the operation policy, the international hotel chain group together with e-commerce has better performance than local hotel chain. It is also discussed how to sustain the continuing improvement in low-carbon performance of the hotel industry.


Green certification Cross-border e-commerce Environment education Low-carbon economy International tourist hotel (ITH) Data envelopment analysis (DEA) Public health 



The author wants to thank the editor and two anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments.

Funding information

The fund was sponsored by “The key subject of the provincial characteristics of the Nanfang College of Sun Yat-sen University - the funding for the construction of electronic commerce project” and the R&D project “Green IOT data, information security, application of smart buildings” from Nanfang College of Sun Yat-sen University. The author also wants to thank ANU professor Robert Costanza and Ida Kubiszewski for their valuable explanation about why are ecosystem services are importantly related to environmental performance and CSR and well-being beyond current GDP calculation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.NanFang College of Sun Yat-Sen UniversityGuangzhouChina
  2. 2.Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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