Hilton Worldwide Adds New Beneficiaries and Hotels to
Carbon Offset Program in Southeast Asia
Three new sustainability projects in the region to benefit; four additional hotels join the program
SINGAPORE – January 13, 2014 – Hilton Worldwide today announced the expansion of the Carbon Offset Program in Southeast Asia with three new renewable energy projects receiving support for 2014. The Mungcharoen Biomass Project in Thailand, the Musi Hydro Project in Indonesia, and the Song Ong Small Hydro Project in Vietnam will join the Borneo Rainforest Rehabilitation Project in Malaysia as beneficiaries of the program.
Initiated in October 2012, Hilton Worldwide’s Carbon Offset Program in Southeast Asia measures carbon generated by meetings and events held at Hilton Worldwide properties in the region, and, at no cost to customers, offsets this through the purchase of carbon credits. Hotels use the company’s proprietary LightStay™ Meeting Impact Calculator to calculate carbon emissions, and the program supports the ‘Living Sustainably’ pillar of Hilton Worldwide’s global corporate responsibility strategy, Travel with Purpose™.
As of January 1, 2014, four new hotels joined the existing 13 already taking part in the program since its launch. The new hotels are DoubleTree by Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok, Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok in Thailand, and two hotels in Vietnam – Hilton Hanoi Opera and Hilton Garden Inn Hanoi.
“In the first 12 months of the Carbon Offset Program in Southeast Asia we offset 7,200 tons of carbon emitted from events held in our properties,” said William Costley, vice-president, Operations – Southeast Asia, Hilton Worldwide. “This well exceeds our initial carbon offset target of 6,000 tons, and is a credit to our hotels, team members and customers.”
The 7,200 tons of carbon offset in the first 12 months of Hilton Worldwide’s Carbon Offset Program is equivalent to 758 economy class flights around the world.
“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 Costley.
Participating hotels in the Hilton Worldwide Carbon Offset Program in Southeast Asia are:
- 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
- Hilton Bandung
- DoubleTree by Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok
- Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok
- Hilton Hanoi Opera
- Hilton Garden Inn Hanoi
Hilton Worldwide is one of the first major multi-brand hospitality companies to make sustainability measurement a brand standard and require performance against sustainability goals. In 2012, the company registered US$253 million in utility cost savings through a 12.8% reduction of carbon output, a 12.2% reduction in energy use, a 24.9% reduction of waste input and a 10.2% reduction in water use.
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About the Borneo Rainforest Rehabilitation Project
The Borneo Rainforest Rehabilitation Project aims to restore the rainforests of Sabah, Malaysia and grow the habitable area for wildlife such as orang-utans, sun bears, gibbons, pygmy elephants and the critically endangered Sumatran Rhino. Apart from growing the habitable area for wildlife, the rainforest restoration will also contribute to lowering greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere.
About the Mungcharoen Biomass Project
The Mungcharoen Biomass Project in Thailand is a biomass project that uses a rice husk fuelled combustion technique to generate electricity. The electricity generated powers two local rice mills and is also fed into the local power grid. The project converts rice husks, previously considered waste, into a valued commodity while at the same time reducing reliance on the combustion of carbon intensive fossil fuels.
About the Musi Hydro Project
The Musi Hydro Project is a 210 MW run-of-river hydropower plant on the Musi River in Bengkulu, Sumatra, Indonesia. Consisting of three 70 MW turbines, the project exports 1,140,000 MWh of clean energy to the grid. Apart from being a source of clean energy, the project sustains the local community by providing employment opportunities and running environmental initiatives such as reforestation, invasive water plant removal, and waste management projects.
About the Song Ong Small Hydro Project
The Song Ong Small Hydro Project consists of three hydropower units on the Ong River in Vietnam’s Ninh Thuan province. The project feeds 40,000 MWh of clean electricity each year into the national power grid, reducing carbon emissions by 21,500 tons per year and improving electricity supply in the region. The project has also led to the improvement of infrastructure including the construction of a new road, and improved communications and water treatment systems.
About Travel with Purpose™
Travel with Purpose™ is Hilton Worldwide’s commitment to provide shared value to its business and communities around the world. As the driving strategy for Hilton Worldwide’s corporate responsibility efforts, Travel with Purpose focuses on creating opportunities for individuals to reach their full potential; strengthening local communities where Team Members live, work and travel; celebrating cultures and the power of travel; and living sustainably through the measurement, analysis and improvement of the use of natural resources. Visit www.hiltonworldwide.com/corporate-responsibility for more information.
LightStay™ is Hilton Worldwide’s proprietary system developed to calculate and analyze sustainability performance. LightStay measures multiple utility and operational metrics such as (but not limited to) energy, water, carbon, housekeeping, paper product usage, waste, chemical storage, air quality and transportation. In addition, LightStay™ provides social networking tools that enable properties to communicate and share information, and features a “meeting impact calculator” that calculates the sustainability impact of any meeting or conference held at a property. LightStay™ is implemented at Hilton Worldwide properties across the globe, and measures over 200 indicators including energy and water use, as well as waste and carbon output.
About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxury and full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and focused-service hotels. For 94 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company’s portfolio of ten world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,000 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with nearly 672,000 rooms in 90 countries and territories, including Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®.