RHG becomes first hotel group to offer carbon negative meetings

Radisson Hotel Group (RHG) is the world’s first hotel group to make all meetings and events across 400-plus hotels in its Europe, Middle East and Asia (EMEA) portfolio carbon negative. For every event taking place at its participating hotels, RHG will offset double the carbon footprint, to ensure that every meeting has a positive impact on the environment.

For meetings booked through Jan. 31, 2022 and taking place before March 31, 2022, Carbon Negative. Planet Positive will set a new sustainability standard in the global hospitality industry, according to the company. The program allows clients to host meetings in a sustainable way by offsetting double the CO2 emissions from meetings and events free of charge to the client, making meetings that take place during this period at participating hotels carbon negative.

Carbon Negative. Planet Positive reinforces RHG’s 100% Carbon Neutral meetings offering, in place across its 1,600 hotels worldwide since 2019. The initiative forms part of its wider Responsible Business program which targets reducing its carbon footprint by 30%, and which aims to set science-based targets. Since the launch of the 100% Carbon Neutral Meetings program, RHG has offset more than 30,300 tons of CO2 at no cost to its clients, which is the equivalent to removing more than 6,500 fuel driven cars off the road.

Carbon Negative. Planet Positive meetings complement RHG’s Hybrid Meetings solutions which launched in 2020 and offer the flexibility and space optimization required to better meet the rapid lifestyle changes of today’s travelers. Hybrid Meetings are available across more than 100 hotels in EMEA and contribute to a lighter scope 3 footprint for the client.

“The upcoming COP26 conference will see world leaders come together to discuss climate change which needs all our attention,” said Eric de Neef, EVP, global chief branding & commercial officer. “At Radisson Hotel Group, we are constantly reviewing how we as a global business can influence positive climate action, and how we can encourage the hospitality industry to push the boundaries on green meetings and events. We are proud to be pioneering this initiative and trust that meeting organizers around the globe recognize the positive impact they can have on the environment as face-to-face meetings increase.”

Inge Huijbrechts, global SVP sustainability, security and corporate communications, said, “Carbon Negative. Planet Positive allows you to make your meetings carbon negative and your impact planet positive. With the return of business travel, now is the time to have a positive impact. For Radisson Hotel Group, it is important that we offset carbon emissions according to the highest quality standards and in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This is why we select offsetting projects that are not only good for the environment, but also socially relevant. This initiative plays a key role in helping us achieve our Responsible Business targets to protect people, planet and community.”