Marriott International is laying out its strategy to reach net zero emissions, including signing onto the United Nations Climate Change initiative, Race to Zero, which is a global campaign “to reach net-zero value chain greenhouse gas emissions by no later than 2050.”
Marriott says its net zero strategy builds on its existing 2025 sustainability goals which aim to “reduce environmental impacts through the construction and operation of sustainable hotels and responsible sourcing while protecting and restoring the ecosystems on which life depends.”
Among the current sustainability goals, the company highlights:
- The reduction of single-use plastics including replacing tiny, single-use toiletry bottles with larger pump-topped bottles. When the program is implemented globally in 2022, it is expected to prevent about 500 million tiny bottles annually from going to landfills.
- The roll-out of an internal educational campaign to reduce and prevent food waste, in support of Marriott’s goal to reduce food waste by 50 percent.
- The launch of a responsible sourcing guide to help Marriott’s suppliers join in responsibly sourcing 95 percent of the company’s top ten priority categories.
- The development of a certifications database to help properties operate more responsibly and work towards the goal of 100 percent of the portfolio receiving a third-party sustainability certification.
- Planting more than 415,000 trees over the last several years, including through the company’s work as a founding member of the Evergreen Alliance.
- Ecosystem restoration and carbon sequestration projects.
In addition Marriott says other initiatives may include:
- increased use of renewable energy
- building electrification to maximize renewable electricity
- continued modifications to design standards so buildings are more efficient
- the installation of automation systems and energy efficiency upgrades (for example, smart thermostats).
The company says it will also “provide further visibility to the carbon footprint and environmental impact of [customers] travel with Marriott.”
The plan is to focus on Marriott’s existing sustainability initiatives “such as solid waste and food waste reduction and natural capital restoration, with the opportunity to participate in activities such as reforestation as well as coral and mangrove plantings.”
Marriott International’s CEO Anthony Capuano 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.”