Thursday June 5th, 2008 - 9:20AM
BEVERLY HILLS, CA— Hilton Hotels Corp. has charted several short- and long-term goals toward building sustainability into its businesses worldwide over the next five years.
According to Christopher Nassetta, president/CEO, by 2014 the company would look to reduce energy consumption from direct operations by 20%, reduce Co2 emissions by 20%, reduce output of waste by 20% and reduce water consumption by 10%.
“Upon becoming a truly global company with the acquisition of Hilton International and following the acquisition of our company by Blackstone late last year, we are in an ideal position to lay down a framework for sustainability within our global hotels and corporate offices,” said Nassetta.
The company has more than 3,000 hotels across 74 countries under a variety of brands, including Hilton, Conrad Hotels and Resorts, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hampton Inn and Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Grand Vacations, Homewood Suites by Hilton and The Waldorf-Astoria Collection.
The company also has committed to focus on several high-impact areas. Sustainable buildings and operations, including the advancement of sustainable design and construction, operations, chemical management and purchasing will be key areas.
Hilton said it also is committed to the advancement of renewable energy as a source of power for its operations, not only to reduce its carbon footprint but to develop a viable commercial infrastructure for powering hotels and corporate offices.
Under the direction of Christopher Corpuel, a newly appointed vp/global sustainability, Hilton will build out a team to develop and implement its sustainability strategies.