Meliá will reduce its emissions by more than 50% by 2035
The Spanish company wants to strengthen its leadership in the fight against climate change in the hotel sector, setting scientific-based objectives to contribute to global warming being below 2ºC
Meliá Hotels International has achieved during the first half of 2019 that its emission reduction objectives are scientifically validated by Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi), the global alliance that drives actions against climate change among the business sector.
The hotel company has committed to reduce emissions of scopes 1 and 2 (those generated by its own activity) by 13% until 2023, and 51% by 2035, taking 2018 as a reference. It also undertakes to reduce emissions of scope 3 (indirect) 6% and 21% until 2023 and 2035 respectively.
With this, the Company aligns with the commitments reached in the United Nations Framework Convention, which culminated in the Paris Agreement in 2015, and whose main objective is to prevent the increase in the global average temperature from exceeding 2ºC.
The SBTi initiative stems from the collaboration between the Carbon Discloure Project (CDP), the United Nations Global Compact, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and the World Resources Institute (WRI), to encourage more emission reduction commitments. ambitious in the business sector and ensure the transition to a low carbon economy.
To achieve these commitments, the company works in different lines of action. On the one hand, through its CO2perate project, Meliá is optimizing the management, energy consumption and monitoring in the main facilities of more than a hundred hotels. Overall, it is estimated that the reduction within five years will be 130,500 MWh and 66,000 tons of CO2, the equivalent of planting 3, 300 million trees.
The hotel also bets on the acquisition of renewable energy with guarantee of origin since 2014. At present, it has already achieved that in some countries where it operates, such as Spain, Italy, France, United Kingdom or Germany, 100% of its consumption comes from these sources.
Another of the most important actions is the incorporation of energy efficiency criteria in the procurement and subcontracting of services, the promotion of a responsible supply chain with the environment, the measurement of waste generated and / or the elimination of plastics from a single use
The STBi certification endorses the commitment of the hotel company in the development of a sustainable economy and in the fight against climate change and adds other recognitions such as the Silver Class in the Sustainability Yearbook 2019 of the sustainable investment agency RobecoSAM, fruit of the evaluation that determines the world ranking in sustainable performance of companies of all sectors.