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Hilton to Offer Carbon Neutral Business Meetings in the Netherlands

Hilton will offer businesses the opportunity to further reduce environmental impact of meetings and events through carbon offsetting, in partnership with South Pole Group

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Hilton hotels in the Netherlands have partnered with South Pole Group to offer businesses the opportunity to offset the carbon footprint of their meetings and events at no extra cost. 

The initiative will be available at eight hotels across the Netherlands from April 21. The programme will complement existing efforts to deliver low environmental impact solutions that limit waste and increase the focus on local sourcing, in support of Hilton’s Travel with Purpose 2030 Goals to cut its environmental footprint in half and double its social impact by 2030.

Erwin Verhoog, vice president, operations Continental Europe, Hilton, said, “We know that our customers and guests are as committed to reducing their environmental impact as we are, and we are delighted to further support these joint ambitions through this partnership. Our hotels are deeply passionate about ensuring their operations are as sustainable as possible, and this project will take that commitment one step further, delivering carbon-neutral meetings at no additional cost for our customers in the Netherlands.” 

The footprint of all business meetings with 10 or more delegates will be offset through carbon credits, and credits will be allocated to a range of projects that support Hilton’s Travel with Purpose 2030 Goals, from forest regeneration and wildlife protection to clean energy. 

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 each 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 Group to offset any remaining environmental impact. 

Knowing that businesses are likely to continue choosing to combine in-person meetings with virtual participation for some time, particularly as restrictions continue to fluctuate, Hilton recently launched Hilton EventReady Hybrid Solutions. The new product empowers businesses to host seamless hybrid meetings, across multiple sites if they choose to do so. In line with Hilton EventReady with CleanStay, as well as taking into account the need for increased hygiene and cleanliness measures, the programme has been developed with sustainability in mind. 

Hilton hotels in the Netherlands

In line with Hilton EventReady Hybrid Solutions, Hilton hotels in the Netherlands are equipped to host hybrid events that are clean, flexible, safe and socially responsible. The hotels work with businesses to reduce food waste through zero-waste menus and excess donation schemes, as well as encouraging the use of Digital Key contactless check-in and check-out where available to reduce the use of plastic key cards.

Notes to Editor

Carbon offsetting will be available at the following locations from 21 April 2021 for meetings of 10 participants or more and will be available indefinitely:

About Travel with Purpose

Travel with Purpose is Hilton’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategy to redefine and advance sustainable travel globally. By 2030, we plan to double our investment in social impact and cut our environmental footprint by half. We track, analyze and report our environmental and social impact at each of Hilton’s more than 6,400 hotels through LightStay, our award-winning performance management system. Travel with Purpose capitalizes on Hilton’s global scale to catalyze local economic growth; respect human rights; invest in people and local communities; and preserve our planet by reducing our impact on natural resources. Our strategy aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Visit cr.hilton.com to learn more.

About South Pole Group

Hilton works with the South Pole Group, a leading carbon offset provider and partner for its carbon offset programme to invest in a portfolio of carbon offset projects around the world that have a positive impact on the environment and communities. Hilton has curated a selection of global projects that will be supported by its carbon offset programme. More information on the projects can be found here.


About Hilton

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 18 world-class brands comprising 7,000 properties and 1.1 million rooms, in 122 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its founding vision to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality, Hilton has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its more than 100-year history, earned a top spot on Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For list and been recognized as a global leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for five consecutive years. Hilton has introduced several industry-leading technology enhancements to improve the guest experience, including Digital Key Share, automated complimentary room upgrades and the ability to book confirmed connecting rooms. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, the 139 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can't buy. With the free Hilton Honors app, guests can book their stay, select their room, check in, unlock their door with a Digital Key and check out, all from their smartphone. Visit stories.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.