PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC – As part of Hilton’s partnership with social enterprise South Pole to offset the carbon footprint of meetings and events, Hilton Prague and Hilton Prague Old Town are now proud to offer carbon neutral business meetings.
The initiative will complement Hilton’s existing efforts to deliver low environmental impact solutions, supporting Hilton’s Travel with Purpose 2030 Goals to cut its environmental footprint in half and double social impact by 2030.
Approximately 60 hotels in Europe, the Middle East and Africa now offer to offset the carbon footprint of meetings and events at no extra cost to the customer. Michael Specking, general manager, Hilton Prague said, “Our customers focus on sustainability and look for ways to further reduce their environmental footprint. The offer of carbon neutral meetings at no additional cost supports our commitment to limit the environmental impact and gain a win-win solution for both our customers and ourselves.”
The footprint of all business meetings with ten or more delegates will be offset through carbon credits. Credits will be allocated to a range of projects which support Hilton’s Travel with Purpose 2030 Goals, including repairing and maintaining boreholes in Rwanda to increase access to safe water sources, the construction of a geothermal power plant in Turkey to generate clean, emissions-free energy and the development and maintenance of wind farms in India and the U.S.
Hilton will use its award-winning corporate responsibility performance management system, LightStay, to estimate each meeting’s energy, water, carbon and waste consumption. LightStay’s Meeting Impact Calculator tool gives customers the opportunity to see an estimated carbon footprint for their event using the hotel’s specific utility data. In addition to the available measures for businesses to decrease the waste and energy usage of corporate events, carbon credits will be purchased from South Pole to offset any remaining environmental impact.
Knowing that businesses will continue to choose to combine in-person meetings with virtual participation for some time, particularly as restrictions continue to change, Hilton Prague and Hilton Prague Old Town continue to offer EventReady Hybrid Solutions. The product empowers businesses to host seamless hybrid meetings across multiple sites.