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Hilton Worldwide Honored by the EPA
Hilton Worldwide has made a commitment to finding natural and alternative energy sources to power its hotels around the world. Since 2008, the company has achieved more than $147 million in cumulative savings through LightStay, a proprietary system developed to calculate and analyze sustainability performance.
And the efforts of the hotel company are not going unrecognized.
This week, Hilton Worldwide was presented with a 2012 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at the Renewable Energy Markets Conference in Washington, DC. The global hotel company was one of only four organizations nationwide to be chosen as a Green Power Partner of the Year. The award recognizes EPA Green Power Partners who distinguish themselves through their purchase, leadership, overall strategy and impact on the green power market.
"As a hotel company, energy is very important to the operations of our business and as such, the development of renewable energy as a viable supply option is critical to our success. It is a huge honor to be recognized for our commitment to renewable power and it is a testament to our focus on sustainability across our brands," Christopher Corpuel, vice president of sustainability and brand services, Hilton Worldwide, said in an announcement.
Hilton Worldwide is currently purchasing 315 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 94 percent of the organization's purchased electricity use. According to the EPA, this purchase power is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of nearly 43,000 passenger vehicles per year, or the amount of electricity needed to power more than 27,000 average American homes annually. In addition, Hilton Worldwide is buying renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Renewable Choice Energy.
"Receiving the Green Power Partner of the Year award signifies Hilton Worldwide's leadership and impact on the green power market," said Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Air and Radiation. "Hilton Worldwide's commitment to supporting green power should serve as an example to other organizations seeking to invest in environmental progress."
According to the EPA, green power is electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, biomass and low-impact hydro. These resources generate electricity with a net zero increase in carbon dioxide emissions, while offering a superior environmental profile compared to traditional power generation sources.
Thanks to its use of renewable resources, Hilton Worldwide is on track to reduce energy consumption, CO2 emissions, and waste output by 20 percent, and water consumption by 10 percent by 2014.
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