Marriott International has pledged to a set science-based target for net zero greenhouse gas emissions by no later than 2050.
It has also signed up to the UN’s Race to Zero campaign, committing to reduce emissions across all scopes and in line with the Paris climate agreement, with transparent action plans and near term targets.
Marriott International’s portfolio of hotels has been working to reduce its carbon footprint as part of its existing 2025 sustainability goals and the latest commitment is the next step in its green journey.
It intends to reach its net zero target through increased use of renewable energy and the installation of smart automation systems and energy efficiency upgrades, in addition to food waste reduction and natural capital restoration.
One of its recent initiatives is the reduction of single-use plastics including replacing tiny, single-use bottles of shampoo, conditioner and bath gel in guest room showers with larger pump-topped bottles.
When fully implemented across the globe in 2022, the programme is expected to prevent around 500 million tiny bottles from going to landfills every year.
Anthony Capuano, Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International said: “We are driven to make a positive and sustainable impact wherever we do business and this rigorous climate commitment to reach net zero emissions is a needed step for us to do our part to help the communities and environments where we live, work and visit remain resilient and vibrant.
“Even as we navigate one of the industry’s most difficult periods, we know this ambition will be a challenge. We are proud to join companies and institutions around the world striving to tackle climate change and build a healthier, more sustainable world.”