One of the world’s largest hotel operators has signed on to a global effort encouraging businesses across the world to commit to a net-zero value chain greenhouse gas emissions standard by no later than 2050.
The company has joined the ‘Global Citizen Live: Race to Zero’ emissions pledge, which sets a single overarching goal for all signatories, to reduce emissions across all business units in line with the Paris Agreement, which mandates all parties contribute to limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees.
The announcement forms part of Marriott International’s recently announced ‘Serve 360: Doing Good in Every Direction’ pillar which frames the company’s commitment to actively participate in the world’s most pressing social, environmental and economic concerns.
Marriott International has now submitted its letter of intent, committing to science-based targets in line with target recommendations. Chief Executive Officer, Tony Capuano, said the company was driven to making a positive and sustainable impact wherever it does business.
“Even as we navigate one of the industry’s most difficult periods, we know this ambition will be a challenge,” he said.
“We are proud to join companies and institutions around the world striving to tackle climate change and build a healthier, more sustainable world.”
To achieve its targets, Marriott International has committed to working alongside business associates, hotel owners, franchisees and suppliers across all regions. Initiatives championed by the business will include increasing use of reliable energy sources including building networks to maximise renewable sources.
Adoption of new design standards to improve energy efficiency will also form part, along with the installation of automated systems and improving solid and food waste management. The company will also commit seek out opportunities to contribute to reforestation efforts along with coral and mangrove planting.
Already, Marriott is gradually phasing out single-use plastics including installing refillable pump bottles across its entire network by 2022. Further, the company is aiming to reduce its food waste by 50% and encourage all properties to be sourcing 95% of its ten most widely ordered products from responsible sources.
The company will also continue its work with the Evergreen Alliance to plant more than 415,000 trees and The Ocean Foundation, where it is contributing to carbon sequestration projects and assisting in the removal of sargassum seaweed.