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Fri, 24 September 2021

Marriott Sets Net Zero 2050 Goal

Marriott has submitted a letter to the Science Based Targets initiative committing to:

- Science-based emissions reduction targets across all scopes, in line with 1.5C emissions scenarios;

- and A long-term science-based target to reach net-zero value chain greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by no later than 2050, in line with the criteria and recommendations of the Science Based Targets initiative.

We are driven to make a positive and sustainable impact wherever we do business, and this rigorous climate commitment to reach net-zero emissions is a needed step for us to do our part to help the communities and environments where we live, work and visit remain resilient and vibrant, said Anthony Capuano, Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International. Even as we navigate one of the industrys most difficult periods, we know this ambition will be a challenge. We are proud to join companies and institutions around the world striving to tackle climate change and build a healthier, more sustainable world.

Construction and a beautiful, fiery sunset in Greater Bangkok, Thailand. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

Marriott Internationals portfolio of hotels has been working to reduce its carbon footprint as part of its existing 2025 sustainability goals and this latest commitment to climate action is the next step in the companys sustainability journey.

Over time, initiatives may include increased use of renewable energy, building electrification to maximize renewable electricity, continued modifications to design standards so buildings are more efficient, and the installation of automation systems and energy efficiency upgrades (for example, smart thermostats).

In addition to the companys goal to provide further visibility to the carbon footprint and environmental impact of their travel with Marriott, guests and customers will see enhanced focus on existing sustainability efforts such as solid waste and food waste reduction and natural capital restoration, with the opportunity to participate in activities such as reforestation as well as coral and mangrove plantings.

Marriotts sustainability strategy is driven by a wide range of initiatives to reduce environmental impacts through the construction and operation of sustainable hotels and responsible sourcing while protecting and restoring the ecosystems on which life depends. Recent initiatives include:

- The reduction of single-use plastics including replacing tiny, single-use toiletry bottles of shampoo, conditioner and bath gel in guestroom showers with larger pump-topped bottles. When fully implemented across the globe in 2022, the companys expanded toiletry program is expected to prevent about 500 million tiny bottles annually from going to landfills.

- The roll-out of an internal food waste prevention and reduction educational campaign, designed to support Marriotts goal to reduce food waste by 50%.

- The launch of a publicly available responsible sourcing guide, to help Marriotts supplier community join its sustainability journey on the path to responsibly sourcing 95% of the companys top ten priority categories.

- The development of a certifications database to help properties operate more responsibly and work towards the goal of 100% of the portfolio receiving a third-party sustainability certification.

- Planting more than 415,000 trees over the last several years, including through the companys work as a founding member of the Evergreen Alliance, a select group of Arbor Day Foundation partners and collaborators committed to advancing trees and forests as natural solutions for corporate sustainability and citizenship goals.

- Innovative ecosystem restoration and carbon sequestration projects, such as working with The Ocean Foundation to remove and repurpose sargassum seaweed, which has had devastating impacts on the environment.

See also: Hotel Waste, Single-Use Plastic and Climate Change - Video Interview with WWF.

See latest Travel Industry News, Video Interviews, Podcasts and other news regarding: Marriott, Net Zero, Sustainable, Hotel Waste, Emissions.

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