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IHG attributes the improvement to the global roll-out of the IHG Green Engage™ system which requires all IHG properties to work to improve their performance on issues like energy, water and waste. More than 4,900 IHG properties are now enrolled to use the system worldwide, giving them access to over 200 ‘Green Solutions’ designed to help reduce their environmental impact.
The simple and functional online tool tracks hotels’ use of energy, carbon, water and their management of waste, along with associated costs. It also includes a carbon calculator based on the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI) methodology, which allows IHG’s hotels to measure and report carbon emissions in a consistent and transparent way.
Its properties’ initiatives over the past year have combined to give IHG a score which is considerably above the CDP average of 84B and marks an improvement on its own score of 92B in 2014.
Paul Snyder, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility – Environmental Sustainability and Public Affairs, said, “We are very proud to have driven another significant improvement in our CDP score this year. The increase is testament to the work we are doing to ensure that every hotel in our global estate is up and running on the IHG Green Engage system, which drives significant benefits for both our hotels and the communities in which we operate.”
Alongside IHG’s Responsible Business Report, the CDP is one of the primary channels IHG uses to report on reducing its impact on climate change, as well as to manage the impact of climate change on its own business. The CDP is specifically targeted at the investment community and covers governance, strategy, activities and performance.
Environmental sustainability is one of the two pillars of IHG’s corporate responsibility agenda and aims to put the environment at the heart of operations. IHG’s environmental sustainability targets include a 12% reduction in their carbon footprint per occupied room from a 2012 baseline, and a 12% reduction in water use per occupied room in water-stressed areas from a 2012 baseline.