Published on : Monday, May 28, 2018
Hilton on May 25 declared that it will eliminate the usage of plastic straws across its managed hotels in Asia Pacific by end of 2018, and transition away from plastic bottles used at its conference and event spaces. This decision follows the company’s international commitment to minimize its environmental footprint in half and double its social impact investment by 2030.
The company would also double the amount it spends with local and minority-owned suppliers, and double its investment in programs to help women and youth around the world.
These goals are part of Hilton’s Travel with Purpose corporate responsibility strategy to further the United Nation’s 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
Speaking on the initiative by the company, Alan Watts, Executive President and President, Asia Pacific, Hilton said that as a global hospitality company operating more than 5,300 hotels in over 100 countries and territories, they were making the best efforts to have a positive impact on the communities they generally operate their hotels in. He then went on to state that they believe waste is a solvable problem. By focusing first on plastic straws and plastic bottled water, they take another step forward in our journey to ensure that the destinations where travellers work, relax, learn and explore are vibrant and resilient for future generations to come.
According to the release, Hilton is already an environmental pioneer in the industry where, since 2008, the company has reduced carbon emissions and waste by 30%, energy and water consumption by 20% saving more than USD 1 billion in operating efficiencies. Hilton will use LightStay (award-winning performance measurement system) to track its goal of reducing carbon emissions by 61% across its portfolio by 2030 at all the Hilton branded hotels.
The World Tourism Organisation commends Hilton’s focus on sustainability, which is perfectly in sync with our overall commitment as the UN’s agency that is dedicated to promoting sustainable tourism for development worldwide.Hilton has been their partner in this endeavor, raising awareness among customers with examples of best practices for the hospitality industry as per Zurab Pololikashvili who is the Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
Sheila Bonini, Senior Vice President, Private Sector Engagement, World Wildlife Fund feels that 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 travellers.