September 23, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier

Global hotel brand Marriott International has announced its intention to have net zero carbon emissions across its network of around 7,800 properties in 138 countries by 2050.

Measures taken to achieve this may include increased use of renewable energy, building electrification to maximise renewable electricity, modifications of design standards to increase building efficiency, energy efficiency upgrades and introduction of automated systems.

“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 Marriott International’s Chief Executive Officer, Anthony Capuano.

“Even as we navigate one of the industry’s 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.”

The hotel group is already taking steps to improve its sustainability, with initiatives in place to reduce solid and food and single use plastics, and over 415,000 trees planted to help with reforestation.

In time hotel guests will be able to participate in environmental projects like coral and mangrove planting as well as reforestation efforts.