Hotel group Accor is moving towards zero carbon buildings as part of its new corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy. Buildings are one of two priority areas identified by the strategy, with the company pledging that new buildings and renovation projects – for both owned and leased buildings – will be low carbon by 2020.
The move follows a five-year first phase of its Planet 21 strategy, which reduced water use by nearly 9%, energy by 5% and carbon emissions by 6%. Under the new strategy, each hotel will set its own objectives and map its own action plan, with all required to achieve the first level of commitment (bronze status) but then having the option to upgrade their status, to silver, gold or platinum. AccorHotels includes such brands as Sofitel, Mercure, Novotel and Ibis.
Sebastien Bazin, chief executive of AccorHotels, said, “Planet 21 season two must enable us to create wealth sustainably and curb our negative impacts through the mobilisation of our employees, guests, partners and local communities.”