In-depth Environmental Study by Accor Group

The environmental footprint of Accor Group has been scrutinised in a 30-page sustainability report produced by the international hospitality group and consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) after a year of research

As well as examining energy use, water consumption, pollution and waste, the report details the indirect impact of everything from the transportation of goods to the raising of chickens for its restaurants.

An independent panel was appointed to examine all the methodological choices made and conclusions drawn by Accor and PwC.

The report revealed that:

  • 75% of energy consumed by Accor is due to on-site consumptions in the hotels.
  • Accor's main source of impact on water is the result of food consumed in its hotels. Direct water consumption in bathrooms, kitchens, water leaks and watering plants only amounts to a little over 10%, while the farms supplying food to Accor represent some 86%.
  • Most waste produced by Accor is not the result of its hotels’ daily operations, but of its construction and renovation works.

“For more than 15 years, sustainable development has been a tangible, front-line concern for Accor,” says Denis Hennequin, chairman and CEO of Accor: “Around the world, the Group is committed to meeting the social and environmental challenges related to its business.”

The Group’s environmental preservation measures include reducing energy and water consumption and reinforcing hotel construction and renovation standards. Nearly 120 Accor hotels are also equipped with solar panels and pilot hotels are testing technologies that use renewable energies.

Mr Hennequin adds: “The goal is to create a virtuous circle that benefits its ‘ecosystem’ - comprising employees, customers, partners, local communities in which hotels are implanted and, of course, the planet as a whole, while creating value for its operations.”

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