Hilton Worldwide Highlights Cumulative Estimated Energy Savings at Quarter of a Billion Dollars

Hilton Worldwide Highlights Cumulative Estimated Energy Savings at Quarter of a Billion Dollars

Exceeds Five-Year Goal to Reduce Water Consumption Ahead of Schedule

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Hilton Worldwide Living Sustainably - By the Numbers

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 11:30am

Hilton Worldwide, one of the first major multi-brand hospitality companies to make sustainability measurement a brand standard, equal in importance to quality, service and revenue, recently released its 2012 - 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report.  The report highlights the company’s innovative approach to sustainability.  Further, it showcases progress against the company’s global promise to Living Sustainably, a business imperative and a cornerstone of Travel with Purpose™, Hilton Worldwide’s corporate responsibility commitment.

According to the report, the company requires measurement and corrective action from all of its more than 4,000 hotels across 10 brands as well as performance toward sustainability goals. Each of its properties, uses LightStay™, the company’s proprietary management  tool to track more than 200 indicators and measure sustainability progress year-on-year.  The following are key achievements.


  • Reported cumulative savings estimated at more than a quarter of a billion dollars from efficiency projects over the past four years.
  • Exceeded its five-year goal to reduce water consumption by 10 percent and waste output by 20 percent in 2012, one and two years ahead of schedule respectively.
  • Since 2009, reduced energy use by 12.2 percent and carbon output by 12.8 percent.
  • In the U.S., purchased more than 450 million kilowatt hours of green power through December 31, 2012; enough to meet 94 percent of the annual electricity use in its owned hotels in the United States.
  • Partnered with Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) to launch the Center for Sustainable Procurement (CSP) initiative to help hospitality industry procurement professionals make informed purchasing decisions based on the best available sustainability information.
  • Joined with 22 hotel companies, along with the International Tourism Partnership (ITP) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), to create the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI) 1.0, to calculate the carbon footprint of hotel stays and meetings.
  • Announced its waste reduction program, newly rebranded RePurpose, which has collected 270,000 pounds of soap - creating nearly one million new bars for countries in need; donated more than 20,000 pounds of food for food banks worldwide; and recycled 9,200 mattresses and box springs into new products.
  • Maintained ISO 9001 certification for Quality Management Systems and ISO 14001 certification for Environmental Management Systems. With these certifications, Hilton Worldwide became one of the first multi-national organizations to certify its entire system globally, achieving one of the largest-ever volume certifications of commercial buildings.
  • Designated more than 1,000 Team Members as sustainability champions or sustainability committee members to drive results in Hilton Worldwide hotels around the world.

Read more about Hilton Worldwide Sustainability in Action:

  • Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
  • Hilton Stockholm Slussen Hotel, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Hilton Sydney, Sydney, Australia
  • DoubleTree By Hilton Durango, Durango, Colorado
  • Hilton Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia

Visit the Living Sustainably section of the 2012-2013 Hilton Worldwide Corporate Responsibility Report to learn more.

Download the full interactive 2012-2013 Corporate Responsibility Report along with an indexed Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) summary.