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Hilton Worldwide Expands Carbon Offset Program in Southeast Asia

Jan 15, 2014

Hilton Worldwide has added three new renewable energy projects to its Carbon Offset Program in Southeast Asia. The Mungcharoen Biomass project in Thailand, the Musi Hydro project in Indonesia, and the Song Ong Small Hydro project in Vietnam will join the Borneo Rainforest Rehabilitation project in Malaysia as beneficiaries of the program.

Initiated in October 2012, the Carbon Offset Program measures carbon generated by meetings and events held at Hilton Worldwide properties in the region. The company offsets this through the purchase of carbon credits, and hotels use the Hilton's LightStay meeting impact calculator to calculate carbon emissions.

Since the beginning of the year, four hotels joined the existing 13 already taking part in the program. The new hotels are DoubleTree by Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok, Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok in Thailand, and two hotels in Vietnam—Hilton Hanoi Opera and Hilton Garden Inn Hanoi.

"In the first 12 months of the Carbon Offset Program in Southeast Asia we offset 7,200 tons of carbon emitted from events held in our properties," says William Costley, vice president of operations for Southeast Asia, Hilton Worldwide. This amount equals 758 economy class flights around the world. "This well exceeds our initial carbon offset target of 6,000 tons," he adds.

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