Hilton has expanded the range of Southeast Asian projects that can benefit from its carbon offset programme.
Three new renewable energy projects will receive support in 2014: the Mungcharoen Biomass Project in Thailand, the Musi Hydro Project in Indonesia (pictured) and the Song Ong Small Hydro Project in Vietnam. These new projects join the Borneo Rainforest Rehabilitation Project in Malaysia, which has partnered the programme since it began in October 2012.
Hilton’s carbon offset programme measures the amount of carbon generated by meetings and events held in the region, and offsets this through the purchase of carbon credits at the selected projects.
In addition, four new hotels – DoubleTree by Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok, Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok, Hilton Hanoi Opera and Hilton Garden Inn Hanoi – have joined the carbon programme this year, taking the total number of properties taking part to 17.
“In the first 12 months of the carbon offset programme in Southeast Asia we offset 7,200 tons of carbon emitted from events held in our properties,” said William Costley, Hilton’s vice president of operations for Southeast Asia. “This well exceeds our initial carbon offset target of 6,000 tons, and is a credit to our hotels, team members and customers.”
The 7,200 tons of carbon offset in the first 12 months of Hilton’s scheme is equivalent to 758 economy class flights around the world.