Hilton expands carbon neutral initiative to Middle East properties

Hilton’s programme now includes 60 hotels across EMEA with more set to be added in the coming months

Hilton has expanded its carbon neutral business meetings initiative to cover properties in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

The group launched the programme at eight hotels in the Netherlands in April, and has now extended it to include 60 hotels across EMEA, with more set to be added.

Hilton has partnered with the South Pole Group for the initiative, offering businesses arranging meetings with ten or more delegates the opportunity to offset the carbon footprint of their meetings and events at no extra cost.

The group said that carbon credits will be allocated to a range of projects that support its Purpose 2030 Goals, from forest regeneration and wildlife protection to clean energy.

Hilton’s Lightstay Meeting Impact Calculator tool will allow customers to offset an estimated carbon footprint for their event using hotel-specific data, with carbon credits then being purchased from the South Pole Group to cover environmental impacts.

Among the projects being supported by the new initiative, there’s a borehole project in Rwanda; the construction of a geothermal power plant in western Turkey; a wastewater treatment project in Thailand, and a wind power project in the US. 

Commenting on the news, Hilton vice president, Worldwide Sales EMEA Tanya Clifford said: “We know our meetings and events customers share our passion for sustainability and like us, are committed to finding ways to further reduce their environmental footprint.

“Offering carbon neutral meetings at no additional cost is a fantastic addition to existing efforts to limit the environmental impact of our operations and achieve our collective ambitions. We look forward to exploring opportunities to extend the programme in the coming months.”

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