Accor reinforces commitment to lower carbon emissions and greater energy sufficiency
Author: Vicky Karantzavelou
Accor has committed to reaching net zero emissions by 2050 and increasing energy efficiency in the short and long term. Given the effects of climate change and the current energy crisis, finding concrete, pragmatic, inventive solutions is a priority for people and planet. As awareness of what is at stake grows, customers expect companies to have increasingly high environmental standards and, in hospitality, are looking for sustainability-committed hotels. An expectation that aligns with and shapes Accor’s global strategy. Early 2021, Accor was the first international hotel group to make a long-term commitment to decarbonize all its operations and achieve net zero by 2050 – including a 46% emission reduction by 2030, validated by the Science-Based Targets initiative. Accor signs an average of one new hotel every day worldwide. Every year, several hundred establishments are also renovated. For construction and major renovation projects, Accor has long been committed to transitioning to low-energy buildings with the double benefit of reducing carbon emissions and operating costs. Securing the future also means continuing to innovate by choosing low-carbon building materials that can be recycled, including high-performance insulation that significantly reduces energy consumption. It also means accelerating the purchase, production and use of low-carbon energy sources and, when possible, generating renewable energy directly on site.