Commercial, GHG Emissions - April 23, 2021
Hilton Shows Progress in Its 2020 ESG Report
Hilton’s 2020 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report revealed that the hotel brand is steadily working towards their 2030 SBTi goals to reduce Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions from Hilton-managed hotels by 61%, and emissions from franchisees by 52%.
2020 saw significant progress towards these targets. Over 50% of Hilton-managed U.K. hotels, as well as the brands’ Watford and Glasgow corporate offices, now use 100% renewable electricity. In the United States, construction began on the upcoming net-zero Hotel Marcel. The company also conducted an ESG materiality assessment on its Travel with Purpose programs, which align the company’s practices with its SBTi goals. In 2020, these programs included training hotel teams to conserve energy use and bolstering Hilton’s LightStay program, which measures and manages each hotel’s environmental impact. These initiatives have accelerated the reduction of Hilton’s carbon footprint and energy use, which have respectively shrunk by 47% and 42% since 2008.
“As we weathered this unpredictable year, Hilton has remained focused on our team members and the communities we serve around the world,” said Kristin Campbell, general counsel/chief ESG officer of Hilton, in a statement. “We took a nimble approach during this difficult period to deliver meaningful support, while remaining focused on our bold Travel with Purpose 2030 goals. Now more than ever, we are committed to our leadership in environmental, social and governance so travelers can enjoy our planet for years to come.”