Hilton Worldwide has extended its Carbon Offset Program in Southeast Asia to include four new hotels, and targeted three new clean energy initiatives to receive support through the program.
Hilton’s Carbon Offset Program was implemented in Southeast Asia in 2012. This month Hilton has added a further four hotels including Hilton Hanoi Opera, Hilton Garden Inn Hanoi, Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok in Thailand and Double Tree by Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok, to the existing thirteen properties currently delivering the Carbon Offset Program.
Additional support from the program for 2014 will now be directed towards another three renewable energy projects in the region. Added to the existing Borneo Rainforest Rehabilitation Project in Malaysia, will be the Song Ong Small Hydro Project in Vietnam, The Mungcharoen Biomass Project in Thailand, and Indonesia’s Musi Hydro Project.
The Carbon Offset Program calculates carbon emission levels created by events held by the hotels using a proprietary LightStay Meeting Impact Calculator, and using quotas of food, energy and event space being used. Offering the offset service at no cost to customers, Hilton uses its partner, Climate Friendly to purchase carbon credits for nominated renewable energy projects.
William Costley, VP Operations for Southeast Asia at Hilton Worldwide said, “In the first 12 months of the Carbon Offset Programme in Southeast Asia we offset 7,200 tonnes of carbon emitted from events held in our properties.”
One of Hilton’s new projects is the Mungcharoen Biomass Project in Thailand. The biomass plant uses rice husk as fuel to generate electricity, delivering power to the local grid and providing electricity to local rice mills.
“As we expand this program to include new sustainability projects and more hotels in Southeast Asia, we stay committed to creating shared value both for our business and society,” said Mr Costley.
Hilton Worldwide has been supporting the Borneo Rainforest Rehabilitation Project since the beginning of the Carbon Offset Program in 2012. The project is located in Sabah, Malaysia and aims to protect and restore rainforests under threat from logging and plantation development. The project has rehabilitated more than 25,000 hectares of rainforest to date, and has saves around 140,000 tonnes of carbon emissions per year. The program has contributed to growth in the populations of more than 400 species of plants and animals, including endangered orang-utans, pygmy elephants and the Sumatran rhinos.
Hilton’s other participating hotel’s in the program include Conrad Centennial Singapore, Hilton Singapore, Hilton Kuala Lumpur, DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur, Hilton Petaling Jaya, Hilton Kuching, Millennium Hilton Bangkok, Conrad Bangkok, Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort & Spa, Hilton Pattaya, Hilton Hua Hin Resort & Spa, Conrad Bali, and Hilton Bandun.