Sustainable hotels: Hilton's commitment to a more conscious future
The hotel chain has proposed the 'Travel with Purpose' strategy with which, by 2030, it seeks to reduce its environmental footprint by half and double its social impact
Ensuring a balance between the environment, the economy and social welfare is one of the purposes of sustainability. Therefore, there is more and more evidence of the need for companies to commit to actions that help reduce the impact of their activity on the environment.
As one of the largest hospitality companies in the world, Hilton recognizes a critical responsibility to protect communities and the planet. In this way, the company has proposed the 'Travel with Purpose' strategy with which, by 2030, it seeks to reduce its environmental footprint by half and double its social impact. The initiative, launched in 2018, is aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
The future and key factor for the success of the hotel industry, according to Hilton, is that companies are very aware of the impact they generate on the environment and focus on sustainability. Thus, the idea is to implement action plans that guarantee a balance with the planet, such as those focused on reducing consumption or implementing renewable energy.
Taking the above into account, Hilton presents three hotels in Mexico and the United States and its initiatives around sustainability.
Los Cabos, Mexico
It is one of the five municipalities in the state of Baja California Sur, Mexico, and one of the most important tourist destinations in Mexico, especially for travelers with an ecological conscience. There, the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal hotel offers views of the Pacific, as well as authentic architecture and landscapes that truly reflect the spirit of Cabo San Lucas.
The hotel uses highly efficient variable speed pool pumps, electric heaters and gas heaters to help reduce energy by up to 50%.
The room doors automatically close the cold water valve when the guest leaves the door ajar.
The hotel's restaurant, El Farallón, offers an ocean-to-table menu with daily produce from local fishermen, and the culinary team practices sustainable fishing using farmed fish and certified fish suppliers and other products.
New Orleans, USA
In New Orleans everything revolves around gastronomy and entertainment, as well as the preservation and enrichment of culture. Part of this includes not only creating a future that is exciting for those who visit, but one that enhances the sustainability of the environment in which we all live.
In this beautiful context we find the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. This hotel is located on the banks of the Mississippi River and offers spectacular views of the city or the river for a well-deserved rest.
In collaboration with the Coalition for the Restoration of the Louisiana Coast, for the past five years, the Hilton New Orleans Riverside and Drago's restaurant have participated in the largest shell recycling program in the United States, contributing more than 700 tons of shells of oysters to help rebuild the reefs of the Gulf of Mexico. With this action, the recycling program has recovered more than a million pounds of oyster shells that would go to landfills. Additionally, oyster reefs help improve water quality, provide an ideal habitat for fishing, support the local economy, and drive positive change in the community.
Washington DC USA.
Visiting the capital of the United States means making a plan to walk its streets and get to know its imposing monuments and neoclassical buildings. There the space to rest and get to know is the Conrad Washington DC hotel, located in the center of the city, which becomes a contemporary urban oasis that integrates sustainability at the heart of its hotel operations.
The hotel has a rainwater management system that allows it to capture 97% of it and use it to irrigate the hotel's outdoor terraces and cool its air conditioning towers.
It has a food waste management program in the hotel's kitchen operations.
It has a new concept terrace restaurant 'Summit the Rooftop at Conrad', offering a slightly edgy atmosphere, driven by an eco-friendly and socially conscious approach to food and drink.
It supports the community through local sourcing, also supporting local and regional distillers and brewers, and women winemakers.
Hilton's Sustainable Goals and Actions
For two consecutive years, Hilton has been named the Global Industry Leader in Sustainability (2019 and 2020) in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI), the most prestigious ranking for corporate responsibility and sustainability. In addition, it was the first major hotel brand to set science-based carbon reduction targets in line with the Paris Climate Agreement.
In addition, Hilton achieved significant reductions in carbon emissions, water and waste, and expanded the company's industry-leading soap recycling program, providing more than 16 million new soap bars for people. in need in 127 countries around the world.