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Hilton Worldwide Gets Ahead Of The Carbon Reduction Commitment With Carbon Trust Award
November 17, 2009
LONDON and MCLEAN, Va. - The UK division of Hilton Worldwide has become the first hotel company to be awarded the Carbon Trust Standard after taking action on climate change by measuring and reducing its carbon footprint.
The Carbon Trust Standard is the world's first carbon award that requires an organisation to measure, manage and reduce its carbon footprint and actually make real reductions year-on-year. Unlike other award schemes, organisations are rewarded for actions they've taken to cut carbon across their own operations.
With the British Government's Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) just around the corner, the Standard accreditation will help Hilton maximise the benefits of the new legislation, and gain a competitive advantage over other businesses in the hospitality sector. The CRC will place UK businesses in a carbon league table, which will result in financial rewards for high performers and financial penalties for those who fail to reduce their energy consumption. The Carbon Trust Standard is an early action metric for the CRC, with those who achieve the award being placed higher in the league table.
This is the latest in Hilton's efforts to improve its sustainability performance and cut unnecessary energy costs, having recently re-launched its corporate identity as Hilton Worldwide with a new mission, vision and values. The company, which has more than 80 hotels in the UK, has worked in partnership with the Carbon Trust since 2005 to develop and implement an ongoing carbon management programme.
As part of the Carbon Management programme, Hilton has implemented a number of energy efficiency measures across its hotels including installing CHP units to generate onsite electricity, introducing a sustainability reporting system, upgrading lighting systems, introducing voltage optimisation on main electrical switchgear, carrying out regular audits on thermal insulation systems and optimisation of their Building Management Systems (BMS) to ensure all equipment is running at the highest efficiencies possible.
Employee engagement has played a big part in its success and the hotel group encourages its team members to help save energy by identifying energy champions in each of its hotels and offering green incentives to team members. This year all hotels are participating in an energy league table with mountain bikes being awarded to the winning hotel. This all contributes towards Hilton's goal of reducing its carbon emissions by 20% by 2014 - as part of the company's global sustainability targets.
A great example of a hotel taking environmental issues seriously is the Hilton Birmingham Metropole. In addition to installing new energy efficient technology, the hotel is encouraging its team members to get involved in the group's carbon management programme by setting up a green committee to manage energy efficiency campaigns such as the ‘Office switch Off' and ‘Green Chef'.
The ‘Green Chef' campaign encourages staff to think about energy efficiency in the hotel's kitchen and how to create a ‘low carbon diet' by using equipment at optimum efficiency and introducing environmentally friendly ways of cooking. The hotel also encourages involvement in the ‘Office Switch off' campaign which aims to slash their energy bill by getting team members to think about how and when they use energy in the hotel.
Simon Vincent, Area President of Europe for Hilton, said: "We're delighted to have achieved the Carbon Trust Standard, which is reward for our commitment to sustainability and the dedication of our team members in taking positive action on climate change, while at the same delivering tangible cost savings.
"With the CRC legislation coming into force early next year, it's essential that we remain competitive and cater for customers who are becoming increasingly environmentally conscious - the Standard will help communicate our sustainability credentials to those that matter. We have already cut our carbon emissions by 15% since 2005 as part of the initiative and are committed to making further reductions in the future."
Tom Delay, Chief Executive at the Carbon Trust, said: "By implementing a carbon management programme, most hospitality businesses can save up to 20% on their annual energy bill. At a time when businesses in the hospitality sector are keen to cut costs without compromising the customer experience, cutting carbon is the obvious answer. We commend Hilton on its achievements so far and encourage other hospitality businesses to follow their lead, get ahead of the CRC, cut costs and help tackle climate change."
Harry Morrison, General Manager of the Carbon Trust Standard, commented: "Being certified with the Carbon Trust Standard is proof that Hilton is achieving real carbon reduction year-on-year without the use of offsetting. Reducing its carbon emissions will ultimately make the business more efficient while the Standard itself is a credible mark of excellence that lets customers and other businesses know about the good work that Hilton is doing to reduce its environmental impact.
About The Carbon Trust
The Carbon Trust is an independent company set up in 2001 by Government in response to the threat of climate change, to accelerate the move to a low carbon economy by working with organisations to reduce carbon emissions and develop commercial low carbon technologies.
We cut carbon emissions now by giving business and the public sector expert advice, finance and accreditation to help them reduce their carbon footprint and to stimulate demand for low carbon products and services.
Since 2001 we've helped UK business save over 17 million tonnes of CO2, and more than £1b. These savings will double by 2011 as we give support and advice to even more UK businesses.
In 2008 alone the Carbon Trust supported half a million UK businesses, saving companies over £200m from their annual energy bills and cutting up to 2.3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from their annual emissions.
We cut future carbon emissions by developing new low carbon technologies
We are helping the UK become a global hub for low carbon innovation. We do this through funding and managing projects, investing and collaborating on low carbon technologies and by identifying market barriers and practical ways to overcome them. Our work on commercialising new technologies will save over 20 million tonnes of carbon a year by 2050.
The Carbon Trust is undertaking world leading projects on offshore wind, algae and advanced solar power.
The Carbon Trust Standard
All businesses and organisations, both in the UK and internationally, are eligible to apply for the Carbon Trust Standard including FTSEs, mid caps, SMEs and public sector organisations. Organisations that are awarded the Carbon Trust Standard hold it for a two year period and to maintain the certification they must reapply and demonstrate that they have continued to make year-on-year reductions in their carbon emissions.
Organisations wanting information about getting the Carbon Trust Standard can call: 0800 019 1443 or visit www.carbontruststandard.com.
Organisations that are certified with the Carbon Trust Standard are listed at www.carbontruststandard.com/CertificateHolder.aspx.
Through a commitment to continually reducing their carbon footprint, Carbon Trust Standard achievers have together cut their annual emissions by 500,000 tonnes of CO2.
About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 90 years, Hilton Worldwide has been offering business and leisure travellers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Our brands are comprised of more than 3,400 hotels in 79 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®. For more information about the company, please visit www.hiltonworldwide.com.
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