Protecting the environment through efficient operations and innovative partnerships.
Environmental challenges have an impact on the wellbeing of people and ecosystems around the world. As a global business, we play a role in addressing these challenges by focusing on our areas of greatest impact. We strive to operate as efficiently as possible across our entire value chain. This includes identifying high impact areas where we can improve, establishing operational goals and effective policies, partnerships and programs and developing measurement and reporting tools to monitor our progress.
Growing Resource Constraints
Businesses in transport, tourism, finance, food, and other sectors, will depend on their ability to manage the major risks posed by climate change, depleted natural resources, the loss of biodiversity, and extreme weather conditions.
50% Natural capital is reduced at an annual rate of 50% more than the earth can replenish.1
Natural capital is reduced at an annual rate of 50% more than the earth can replenish.1
Improving our Environmental Performance to Conserve Resources and Minimize our Impact
We mobilize Hilton Team Members and franchise employees to build a more integrated sustainability culture across Hilton, encouraging environmentally-smart choices both inside and outside of work. We use LightStay to measure against our goals, share best practices and recognize our hotels for their continuous improvement.
4,500 Hotels Hilton is the first global hospitality company to be certified ISO 50001 for Energy Management, ISO 14001 for Environmental Management and 9001 for Quality Management across our entire hotel portfolio.
Hilton is the first global hospitality company to be certified ISO 50001 for Energy Management, ISO 14001 for Environmental Management and 9001 for Quality Management across our entire hotel portfolio.
Newsweek and Forbes Recognition
Recognized in 2015 by Forbes as a Top 50 Green Brand and by Newsweek as one of the Top Green Companies in the World.
Energy is essential to operating our hotels successfully and creating exceptional guests experiences. Energy efficiency is also one of the key strategies to ensuring a low carbon future and more secure energy supply for both society and our business.
World energy consumption is projected to grow by 56% between 2010 and 2040 according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA)2
Reduced our energy use by 14.5% since 2009.
Earned global certification for Energy Management (ISO 50001) for all hotels and corporate offices using LightStay.
Energy reduction per sq. ft.
Since 2009 we have driven ongoing energy reduction across the portfolio (normalized based on year over year percentage change).
Total kBTU per occupied room
Expanded efforts to reduce energy use per occupied room (actuals based on year over year percentage change).
Celebrating Earth Hour
Hilton Team Members and franchise employees enthusiastically support Earth Hour each March with hundreds of teams organizing energy-saving projects around the world.
Water is a finite resource that is critical to basic human survival. Studies show that demand is projected to exceed supply by 40 percent by 2030, and in the next 15 years, nearly two thirds of the world’s population will live in areas of significant water stress3, a challenge that has become increasingly obvious in the last few years.
By 2025, 67% of the world population could live under water stress conditions.3
Reduced water use by 14.1% since 2009.
Saved enough water to fill 4,144 olympic swimming pools (normalized reductions against 2008 base year).
Water use reductions
We continually focus on ways to reduce our overall water consumption (calculated on year over year percentage change).
Gallons per occupied room
We continue to drive water conservation and reduce our global footprint (actuals based on year over year percentage change).
Committed to Water Stewardship
Collaborating with WWF to develop an industry-leading multi-year water stewardship strategy.
The World Bank estimates that global urban populations create 1.6 billion tons of solid waste per year, and more than half of that ends up in landfills. In the United States, the hospitality industry alone produces 1.9 billion pounds of waste annually.
Global solid waste generation is on pace to increase 70 percent by 2025 according to the World Bank.4
Reduced waste output by 27.6% since 2009.
As part of our commitment to reducing our waste to landfill, we created RePurpose, a comprehensive waste strategy.
Waste Intensity Pounds per occupied room
Our hotels around the world continue to reduce waste (actuals based on year over year percentage change).
Reduced Food Waste
Collaborating with WWF to reduce food waste in our operations and supply chain.
Reduced Soap Waste
Collaborating with soap recyclers including Clean the World to repurpose more than 600,000 pounds of soap.
Businesses play a key role in taking action to reduce carbon emissions both in their operations and value chains. Hilton is committed to growing a low-carbon future by investing in renewable energy sources and partnering with our suppliers to tackle our shared carbon footprint.
Without more ambitious policies, GHG emissions will increase by another 50% by 2050, primarily driven by a projected 70% growth in CO2 emissions from energy use according to the OECD.5
Reduced carbon output by 20.9% since 2009.
Offset almost 9,400 metric tons of carbon through our Clean Air Program and other voluntary offsets.
CO2 Emissions pounds per occupied room
We continue to reduce CO2 emissions across our global portfolio (actuals based on year over year percentage change).
Reduced enough carbon to remove 128,725 cars from the road globally.
Carbon Disclosure Project
Disclosing our emissions data with the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). In 2015 we earned a disclosure and performance score of 97-B.
As a global hotel company that purchases food and beverage, linens, amenities, beds and energy, sourcing is a complex and often decentralized issue. Our suppliers extend beyond 97 countries and span multiple industries, legal contexts and infrastructure challenges. We depend on safe, high-quality and affordable supplies, amenities and raw materials to meet the demands of our operations and the expectations of our guests to deliver consistent and exceptional experiences.
A McKinsey survey revealed that 68% of global executives believe supply chain risk will increase in the coming five years.6
In 2014, we banned the use of shark fin at all 4,500 hotels globally and paved the way for a more comprehensive sustainable seafood strategy.
Purchasing goods and services from more than 4,000 women, minority and veteran-owned businesses.
Meet with Purpose
Offering sustainable meeting options at hotels across the Americas.
Building programs with local farmers to offer local sourcing options in 11 major cities in Europe, Latin America, the United States and Canada.
Updated our Responsible Sourcing Policy, setting expectations for suppliers around the world and across our value chain.
Environment Case Studies
We are proud to highlight our Travel with Purpose Action Grant winners around the world.