Hilton's Travel with Purpose: Green From The Ground Up
By Bill Duncan Global Head All Suites & Focused Service Categories , Hilton | May 19, 2019
This article was co-authored by Daniella Foster, Senior Director of Global Corporate Responsibility, Hilton
At Hilton, we take the threat of global climate change very seriously and we've made combatting it a top business priority. Over the past decade, we've made promising strides in curbing our environmental impact, including reducing our water use by 20 percent, energy consumption by 24 percent, carbon emissions by 34 percent and waste by 41 percent.
However, we know that there is much more that Hilton, and the lodging industry as whole, can do to minimize our environmental impact.
An Enterprise-Wide Commitment
Hilton's Travel with Purpose initiative is committed to redefining and advancing sustainable travel globally. By 2030, we plan to double our investment in social impact and cut our environmental footprint by half. Last May, we became the first major hospitality brand to set Science-based Targets for carbon reduction approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and in alignment with the carbon reductions stipulated in the Paris Climate Agreement. Our Travel with Purpose initiative also allows us to contribute in a meaningful way to help the international community reach the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals.
We also track, analyze and report our environmental and social impact at each of Hilton's 5,600+ hotels through LightStay, an award-winning corporate responsibility measurement system that is helping hold us accountable for our progress toward our 2030 Goals. We continue to innovate LightStay so it can predict and model behavior such as tracking historical energy and weather data to forecast future energy consumption levels and predict the impact of performance on cost. LightStay also provides a framework to encourage positive changes by staff and guests.
For example, our extended stay brands, have shifted to more sustainable housekeeping practices through the Light Touch cleaning program, which offers full-clean services for three instead of five nights of a guest' extended stay. The Light Touch program has also helped us engage our guests in reducing our environmental footprint. Those who opt in not only reduce the impact of their personal stay, but are also rewarded with Hilton Honors points.