Hilton Worldwide has committed to reduce its carbon emissions from meetings and events held at Hilton properties in Asia Pacific through its Clean Air Program from next month.
Customers using Hilton’s meeting locations in the region will be provided with a calculation of the carbon emissions created by holding the even, at no cost to the customer.
Hilton will then purchase the equivalent carbon credits to finance environmentally-friendly projects across Asia Pacific in partnership with carbon offset solutions provider Climate Friendly. The program is designed to make it easier for meeting professionals to incorporate environmental solutions into meetings and events.
Martin Rinck, president, Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide said, “Managing our environmental impact and developing new products to enhance the customer experience are part and parcel of how we operate as a business. Apart from consistently seeking opportunities to reduce waste and conserve energy in our daily operations, the Clean Air Program allows us to take our commitment to sustainability one step further. By offsetting carbon emissions from meetings and events, it means that we can provide essential financing to renewable energy, forest protection and restoration projects which is critical in mitigating climate change.”
According to Hilton, investors and consumers worldwide increasingly have a greater appreciation of the need for sustainable development, and many leading companies around the world are incorporating sustainable practices into their business models. Underscored by Hilton’s corporate responsibility strategy, Travel with Purpose, the Clean Air Program was designed as a valued opportunity for both Hilton and its customers to share a commitment to host more eco-friendly meetings. The Clean Air Program is an evolution of the Carbon Offset Program which was previously offered in more than 30 properties in Australasia, Southeast Asia and Japan.
Environmental issues such as food consumption and the function’s water and electricity usage will be factored in to the carbon emission analysis.
Hilton has identified nine projects across Asia Pacific to be funded under the Clean Air Program. These projects, located in countries where Hilton operates, prevent greenhouse gases by producing renewable energy or preserving forests.
- China: Yuxian Baiyantuo Wind Project, located 150 kilometres west of Beijing, helps clean the air around the capital city by replacing coal energy with a large wind farm.
- India: Tamil Nadu 45-Turbine Wind Project, which generates clean electricity from wind that is fed into the Southern Electricity Grid of India.
- Japan: Japanese Energy Efficiency Upgrade Project, helps carbon intensive businesses increase the efficiency of their energy usage.
- South Korea: Hyundai Steel Waste Energy Cogeneration Project uses waste gases produced by the factory to generate cleaner, better electricity.
- Australasia: Tasmanian Native Forest Protection Project in Australia protects tens of thousands of hectares of Tasmanian native forest from being logged.
- Southeast Asia: Siam Cement Biomass Project in Thailand uses farming waste to power a factory with cleaner energy; Musi Hydro Project in Indonesia generates electricity from hydro energy instead of coal; Borneo Rainforest Rehabilitation Project in Sarawak, Malaysia protects the rainforest, and is home to endangered animals such as the Pygmy Elephant and the Orang-Utan; and Song Ong Small Hydro Project in Vietnam uses hydro renewable energy to provide clean electricity to a local marginalised community.