May 24, 2018

Hilton unveils initiative to cut carbon footprint


With the new program, Hilton said it will become the first major hotel chain to release science-based targets for reducing carbon emissions, while doubling its investment in global initiatives that include sourcing from local and minority-owned suppliers and programs to empower women and young people.

The program, called 2030 Commitments, follows a call by Nassetta as chairman of the World Travel and Tourism Council in April to commit to following the Paris climate accord and incorporate its objectives into actionable science-based targets.

"For nearly 100 years, Hilton has been driven by our mission to have a positive impact on the communities surrounding our hotels," Nassetta said in a press release. "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."

Recent research has found that tourism is responsible for nearly 10% of global carbon emissions -- a rate that's almost three times higher than previously thought.

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