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Hilton Worldwide offers carbon offset for events by buying credits

Hilton Worldwide, the global hospitality company, introduced a program where events and meetings held at its properties across Southeast Asia can offset their carbon emissions.

Under the program, Hilton Worldwide will manage emissions that will be generated by all events at its 11 properties located in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, and buy credits to offset their carbon footprint. The program will be at no additional cost to customers.

“This program gives organizations and individuals a sustainable choice for their conferences, meetings or social events,” said William Costley, vice president for operations in Southeast Asia, adding the program allows the company to support renewable energy projects in the region.

The company said the carbon credits will be used to fund renewable energy projects in Borneo and Cambodia.

Hilton Worldwide has developed its own system for analyzing, reporting and improving sustainability performance at each of its properties. This system, called “LightStay,” offers tools and resources for hotels to improve performance and share best practices.

LightStay’s “meeting impact calculator” takes into account factors like events’ room water and electricity usage, food consumed and guest rooms booked.

The company said LightStay has helped it reach its five-year goal to cut overall waste output by 20 percent. The company said it is currently working on reducing its energy use and carbon emissions by 20 percent and water use by 10 percent, both by 2013.

To manage carbon and fund the renewable energy projects, Hilton Worldwide is working with Climate Friendly, a company which offers carbon management solutions to businesses.

Hilton Worldwide has named the Borneo Rainforest Rehabilitation Project and the Cambodia Cookstove Project as beneficiaries for its carbon offset scheme in Southeast Asia.

The Borneo rainforest project aims to revive the rainforests in the region threatened by logging and plantation development in Sabah, Malaysia. Meanwhile, the cookstove project in Cambodia seeks to encourage the use of an energy-efficient stove that uses 20 percent to 30 percent less wood and charcoal for fuel in the region. – EcoSeed Staff

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