Commercial, Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions - May 25, 2018
Hilton commits to emissions cuts
Hilton Hotels announced a new goal to reduce carbon emissions by 61% by 2030, created in conjunction with the Science Based Targets initiative.
A report by Climate Action Programme reported additional targets to heavily cut consumption and promote sustainability. "For nearly 100 years, Hilton has been driven by our mission to have a positive impact on the communities surrounding our hotels," said Christopher J. Nassetta, president and CEO, Hilton. "In this Golden Age of Travel, we are taking a leadership role to ensure that the destinations where travelers work, relax, learn and explore are vibrant and resilient for generations of adventurers yet to come."
In the past 10 years, Hilton has reduced both carbon emissions and waste by 30% and has reduced its energy and water consumption by 20 percent. These efficiency measures are estimated to have saved the company $1 billion.
Hilton operates more than 570 hotels worldwide. The report surmises that the company’s new goals could encourage others in the tourism industry to make similar commitments to address climate change. A recent study cited in the report noted that the industry contributes 8% of all GHG emissions.