Climate Action

Hilton makes new commitment to slash emissions by 61%

Hilton has made a major step towards supporting efforts to tackle climate change and sustainable development.

  • 25 May 2018
  • Adam Wentworth

Hilton Hotels has made a major step towards supporting efforts to tackle climate change and sustainable development.

New targets have been set across the business to reduce carbon emissions, heavily cut consumption and promote sustainability.

It now has a goal to cut carbon emissions by 61 percent by 2030, creating in line with the Science Based Targets initiative. The campaign exists to help major corporates how to cut emissions in line with the Paris climate agreement.

The global brand operates over 570 hotels worldwide and the move could spur the industry to make similar strong commitments to tackle climate change.

A recent study found that the tourism industry’s carbon footprint is, in fact, four times higher than first thought, contributing 8 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions.

Along with its carbon target, water consumption and waste will now be reduced by 50 percent; all plastic straws will be removed from its managed properties, and all soap will now be recycled.

The company has also pledged to ensure it sustainably sources its meat, poultry, seafood and cotton.

“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.”

Hilton has been working on sustainability issues for the past ten years. In that time it has managed to reduce both its carbon emissions and waste by 30 percent. In addition, it has reduce its energy and water consumption by 20 percent. These efficiency improvements have made sound business sense, saving the company an estimate $1 billion.

“Companies play an integral role in solving our climate crisis,” said Sheila Bonini, Senior Vice President, Private Sector Engagement, WWF. “By committing to significant intensity emissions reductions based on science, Hilton is setting in motion a plan that will have ripple effects across the hospitality industry while providing more sustainable options for travelers.”