The Challenges and Prospects of the Adoption of Sustainable Energy in Hospitality Businesses in Nigeria

Author: Akerele, Edward1 Babalola Wasiu, A.1 Awotimahin Opeyemi2, & Osholonge Mukahdas2

1 Department of Hotel Management & Tourism, Atiba University Oyo, Oyo State, Nigeria

2 Department of Accountancy, Lagos State University of Science and Technology, Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria

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Nigeria is largely dependent on fossil fuel despite its enormous sources of renewable energy. This study examines challenges facing Nigerian Hospitality industry as a result of over dependence on fossil fuel as energy source as well as the implications for the sustainable growth of the hospitality sector in Nigeria. The main objective of the study is to establish the drivers and barriers of corporate “greening in the Nigerian Hospitality and Tourism industry. The study identifies biogas, geothermal energy, advance technology in energy recovery and solar technology as alternative to fossil fuel. Lack of political will, finance, non-availability of a comprehensive environmental sustainability program, and absence of strong environmental management values were identified as factors inhibiting the adoption of renewable energy as alternative to fossil fuel in Nigerian Hospitality industry. The study recommends the use of renewable energy to mitigate  environmental degradation so as to promote sustainable development of hospitality in Nigeria and that government should take a more responsive approach to facilitating the adoption of renewable energy plans for the industry.

Keywords: Biogas, Fossil fuel, Hospitality, Renewable energy, Hotel Businesses in Nigeria