Hilton Hotels step up environmental goals

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Hilton has announced that it is committed to cutting its environmental footprint in half by 2030.Hilton's Travel with Purpose corporate responsibility strategy is to further the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. In order to reach their goals, Hilton will become the first major hotel company to institute science-based targets in order to reduce carbon emissions and send zero soap to landfill.Their goals also include reducing their carbon emissions by 61%, in line with the Paris Climate Agreement and approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi); reducing their water consumption and produced waste by 50%; removing plastic straws from all of their managed properties; and sustainably sourcing meat, poultry, produce, seafood and cotton.Their award-winning LightStay performance measurement system calculates, analyzes and reports the environmental impact at each of Hilton’s more than 5,300 hotels and will continue to be used to track its new goal by 2030.According to a six-day consumer research survey of 72,000 Hilton guests that was conducted in May 2018, social, environmental and ethical considerations are central to their buying preferences.As an environmental leader in the industry, Hilton has already reduced carbon emissions and waste by 30% and energy and water consumption by 20% since 2008.“For nearly 100 years, Hilton has been driven by our mission to have a positive impact on the communities surrounding our hotels. In this Golden Age of Travel, we are taking a leadership role to ensure that the destinations where travelers work, relax, learn and explore are vibrant and resilient for generations of adventurers yet to come,” said Christopher Nassetta, president and CEO of Hilton, and Chairman of the World Travel & Tourism Council.It is evident that plastic waste poses a serious threat to land and marine life. Researchers estimate that around 100 000 marine animals are killed every year from consuming plastic waste. Everyone has a responsibility to cut down on plastic waste and the easiest place to start is to refuse plastic straws and grocery bags.___Averda is a leading waste management provider with over 50 years of experience across three continents. Through growth, transformation and engagement, we strive to find new ways of managing waste while protecting the community and environment.___By pairing international expertise with local insights, we have secured our position as one of South Africa’s most respected providers of waste management and industrial cleaning services. We also operate in the recycling, pipe inspection, CCTV, infrastructure inspection, hydro-demolition, high-pressure water jetting and catalyst handling industries.___Follow us Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for the best tips on recycling and the latest industry news. See our Instagram and YouTube channels for more insights into environmental affairs and our work with local communities.