Minor Hotels reduces carbon emissions per rooms sold by 11 per cent

by: Mark Caswell | May 21, 2024

WORLDWIDE: Minor Hotels has published its 2023 Sustainability Report, including details on year-on-year reductions in energy, carbon emission and water intensities.

Minor said it had invested US$9.7 million in energy efficiency initiatives last year, and achieved a reduction in energy usage and carbon emissions per rooms sold by nearly 8 per cent and 11 per cent respectively.

However, net energy usage and emissions both increased in 2023, which the group said was largely due to multiple openings of energy intensive resorts, and higher group-wide occupancy.

But Minor continues to target a 15 per cent reduction in energy and emissions intensities by 2025 against a 2019 baseline, and to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

As of the end of 2023 all of Minor’s properties in Spain, Portugal, France, the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Denmark, and Italy now use 100 per cent clean electricity, and green energy use across the group’s portfolio rose by 14 per cent compared to 2022.

Last summer more than 100 Minor Hotels were added to Global Hotel Alliance’s Green Collection, based on their commitment to sustainability, including energy efficiency, water conservation, waste reduction, and responsible sourcing.

Minor is targeting a group-wide reduction of 10 per cent in its water withdrawal intensity by 2025 (compared to a 2022 baseline), and said that it achieved a 4 per cent reduction in 2023.

It also wants to halve the amount of organic waste going to landfill by 2030 compared to a 2021 baseline, with a 27 per cent reduction achieved by the end of 2023. The group said it had implemented new sorting and composting initiatives, as well as establishing partnerships with organisations including TooGoodToGo.

The group also reported an increase in the amount of waste recycled of 41 per cent compared to 2022, while composting increased by 56 per cent.

Minor owns and operates more than 540 hotels in 56 countries, and was one of just seven Hotels, Resorts and Cruise Lines groups to be selected for the S&P Global Sustainability Yearbook 2024.

Hilton, Melia and Minor Hotels included in S&P Global Sustainability Yearbook 2024

Commenting on the news Dillip Rajakarier, Group CEO of MINT and CEO of Minor Hotels, said: “I am proud of the progress the Minor Hotels team has made through our sustainability initiatives. We must be responsible members of the communities where we operate by supporting sustainable tourism, as our long-term success is linked directly to the well-being of society and the environment.

As we continue to grow, we will increase our efforts to reduce our environmental footprint and achieve our pledge of Net Zero emissions by 2050.”

To read Minor Hotels’ 2023 Sustainability Report in full, click here.

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