Radisson Hotel Group (RHG) is making a strong commitment to decarbonize its business by setting ambitious emission reduction targets to be net zero by 2050, in line with the SBTi Net-Zero Standard, as the group releases its 2021 Responsible Business Report.
Building on its long heritage as a leading sustainable hotel group, the company’s 2021 Responsible Business Report outlines its latest sustainability targets in line with its strategic five-year plan. These include its commitment to becoming net zero by 2050, to accelerating the implementation of the cross-industry Pathway to Net Positive Hospitality and Hotel Sustainability Basics initiative, and to reaffirming the group’s commitment to people, community and planet as an employer.
RHG is building on its long heritage of sustainability by committing to set science-based emission reduction targets, and by strengthening its performance with a net zero carbon future in sight by 2050, the company reports. This includes a long-term, science-based target to reach net zero value chain GHG emissions by no later than 2050, in line with the SBTi Net-Zero Standard. The company will be part of the Business Ambition for 1.5°C campaign and will join the UNFCCC Race to Zero campaign as part of an important, globally coordinated effort to reach the goal of net zero.
In 2021, the group reduced its carbon footprint by 23% per sq. m. and reduced 13% of its water footprint per sq. m. (vs. 2019). In line with the Group’s renewable energy transition strategy, more than 56 properties run 100% on renewable electricity. In 2021, RHG increased the number of properties equipped with electric car charging stations to nearly 500 in partnership with Allego, Sunfuel and other global partners. Radisson Meetings is 100% carbon neutral and has offset 37,800 tons of carbon since 2019.
One of RHG’s key priorities in 2021 remained the continued focus on the health, safety and security of its team members, guests and business partners. Following the launch and implementation of the Radisson Hotels Safety Protocol across the full portfolio, 100% of eligible hotels have completed the third-party validation by SGS to ensure the latest safety protocols were in place and implemented correctly. To date, 133 hotels remain certified by Safehotels, the world’s leading safety and security certification company.
The group reaffirmed its strong ongoing focus on human rights, business ethics and diversity in hotels worldwide by issuing its sixth slavery and human trafficking statement and by increasing the number of women in leadership roles to 29%. The company continued to expand its online learning and development initiatives in partnership with hospitality training provider, Typsy, which resulted in a 120% increase in training hours in 2021 versus 2020.
RHG is deeply committed to supporting the communities where it works and operates. Team members volunteered more than 26,500 hours and donated more than $560,000 to charitable causes, including SOS Children’s Villages, the group’s global charity partner.
More than 28,500 people have been provided with access to safe drinking water and hygiene solutions via water aid partner, Just A Drop, in countries like India. RHG has supported 12 environmental and social carbon offsetting projects in China, India, Peru, the U.S., Turkey and Borneo through its 100% Carbon Neutral Meetings initiative.
In addition to its focus on the responsible business pillars of Think People, Think Community and Think Planet, the company is a leading member of the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance and is playing a key role in the development of the Hotel Sustainability Basics in cooperation with the WTTC. The objective of the initiative is to create consistency across the industry and provide clear-to-recognize, easy-to-implement and meaningful steps to improve sustainability at any given hotel. The Basics Framework will raise the global starting level of hotel sustainability in a transparent and easy-to-understand manner for all travelers and stakeholders.
“I am delighted to announce that Radisson Hotel Group is setting emission reduction targets in line with climate science, and we are committed to decarbonizing our business,” said Inge Huijbrechts, global SVP, sustainability, security and corporate communications, RHG. “While net zero by 2050 seems far away, we need to take action immediately. Our world needs responsible businesses now more than ever, and we need to accelerate global climate action by 2030 in order to ensure a livable future for both our people and our planet. Much needed progress can be made by taking everyone in the hospitality value chain on the sustainability journey by setting increasingly ambitious sustainability goals. We are proud to be playing a leadership role in the development of the Hotel Sustainability Basics, which will launch later this year to establish a common industry framework to grow sustainable travel. Together with our new Build Planet guidelines to develop sustainable hotel asset portfolios, these are essential step-changes that need to be made on the route to Net Zero.”