Radisson Hotel Group becomes member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council

by: Felicity Cousins | December 9, 2022

WORLDWIDE: Radisson Hotel Group has committed to its ongoing  development of sustainable tourism practices by joining the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).

The Group has made substantial strides to drive change in response to climate change, towards sustainability, renewable energy, green building design, green mobility, and the establishment of the Hotel Sustainability Basics to target Net Zero Hospitality by 2050.

​Earlier this year at the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)’s Global Summit Radisson Hotel Group, together with other brands, associations and destinations in the industry, launched the Hotel Sustainability Basics, a coordinated set of basic actions that hotels should implement as a minimum at the beginning of their sustainability journey. It highlights twelve actions which are fundamental to hotel sustainability. Radisson Hotel Group was a leading supporter and driving force behind the establishment of the Hotel Sustainability Basics. You can read more about how the WTTC was releasing its benchmarking process for the Hotel Sustainability Basics by clicking on these links.

Inge Huijbrechts, global SVP sustainability, security and corporate communication, Radisson Hotel Group, said: “At Radisson Hotel Group, we believe the best way to achieve concrete results and move the industry on the path to Net Zero by 2050 is to work alongside global partners and industry bodies, such as the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. Sustainability is not competitive but rather collaborative, together we can aim to help solve global issues we all face. We look forward to working with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council and its partners to align our strong criteria to reach Net Zero emissions latest by 2050.”

During this year’s COP27 in Egypt, Radisson Hotel Group reaffirmed its strong commitment to sustainability by signing the Glasgow Declaration and encouraging other hospitality groups to join the call for strong actions to halve emissions over the next decade and reach Net Zero emissions as soon as possible before 2050.

The Group also remains committed to its corporate responsibility targets as outlined in its strategic plan for 2020 – 2025. These targets align with and contribute to the hotel industry 2030 focus areas, defined by the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance and to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

In September this year, Radisson Hotel Group received confirmation and validation of its near-term Science Based Targets (SBTs) aligned with its commitment to be Net-Zero by 2050. 

Targets include reducing carbon and water footprint by 30 per cent by 2025, removing single-use plastics, and continuing to drive best practices in responsible consumption behaviours. 

The GSTC aims foster change in the world of sustainable travel and tourism by understanding, adoption and demand for sustainable tourism practices.

GSTC CEO Randy Durband, said: “Radisson Hotel Group has taken many great steps toward applying sustainable practices across their extensive group of hotels. And we at GSTC are delighted to have them join us for collaboration on further progress in their journey to sustainability.”

Radisson also recently unveiled its ultra fast EV charging hubs in Frankfurt.