Hilton's UK Hotels Earn Green LaudsAugust 8, 2012 By: Jena Tesse Fox
More good news for eco-conscious travelers: Hilton Worldwide has been awarded the Carbon Saver Gold Standard for effective carbon reduction and management at all of its UK hotels, where carbon emissions have been reduced over a three year period.
The company has adopted proprietary sustainability measurement system LightStay, which analyzes performance across 200 operational practices, such as housekeeping, paper product usage, food waste, chemical storage, air quality, and transportation, and is used to improve sustainability performance on a continuous basis. A unique aspect of LightStay is the ‘meeting impact calculator,’ which calculates the environmental impact of any meeting or conference held at a property.
The Carbon Saver Standard provides external verification of Hilton Worldwide’s efforts to measure, manage and minimize its carbon emissions. To achieve this, Hilton Worldwide had to show three years’ worth of energy reductions and provide evidence of sustainability strategies being undertaken within its UK properties.
Hilton Worldwide recently earned ISO 9001 and 14001 certifications for quality and environment management - one of the largest volume certifications awarded for commercial buildings. In 2010, the company saved more than $74 million globally in utility costs through a 6.6 percent reduction of energy use; 7.8 percent reduction of carbon output; 19 percent reduction of waste output; and 3.8 percent reduction of water use.