Accor’s Indian properties have reduced their energy and water consumption by 23 percent over the last two years as part of the group’s global PLANET 21 initiative.
Two years after signing up to PLANET 21, Accor has released a slew of results from around the region, highlighting the progress on sustainability issues.
For example, Accor Asia-Pacific hotels have made progress in the area of responsible food and beverage, with 87 percent of hotels now offering healthy menu options and 82 percent promoting locally grown produce. These levels exceed the targets set under the program.
Water consumption across the region has fallen by 3.4 percent since 2012, while energy use is down 3.4 percent.
In China, Accor hotels have saved over US$4 million in energy and the group is on track to achieve the Group’s 10 percent target for renewable energy, with 8 percent of hotels using some form of renewable energy such as solar panels. In India, this figure is up to nearly 33 percent.
Accor staff are also engaged with their local communities in tree planting programs. In New Zealand, staff work with Trees for Survival, which works with school children and plants around 10,000 native trees annually.
In Indonesia, Accor staff have been involved in a tree planting program in Central java which has planted over 100,000 trees, while in Japan they have joined an initiative to plant 19,200 trees in Ishinomaki prefecture, the same number of victims as the 2011 tsunami disaster.