Hilton is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 17 world-class brands comprising more than 4,600 managed and franchised properties in 113 countries and territories. Hilton is committed to redefining and advancing sustainable travel globally through Travel with Purpose, the company’s corporate responsibility program. Travel with Purpose capitalizes on Hilton’s global scale to catalyze local economic growth; promote human rights; invest in people and local communities; and preserve the planet by reducing the company’s impact on natural resources. By 2030, Hilton seeks to cut its environmental footprint in half and double its social impact investment through its Travel with Purpose 2030 goals, which align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Hilton takes the threat of climate change seriously and was the first major hotel brand to set science-based carbon targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative, and the first hotel brand to join The Climate Group’s Energy Productivity 100 (EP100) initiative.

Hilton tracks, analyzes and reports environmental and social impact at every single hotel through LightStay, the company’s award-winning performance measurement system. Through the use of LightStay, every hotel in Hilton’s global portfolio is certified to ISO 9001 (Quality Management), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management) and ISO 50001 (Energy Management). Hilton was the first global hospitality to be ISO 50001 certified and its portfolio is the largest portfolio of buildings in the world certified to these three ISO standards.

In addition to partnering with DOE through the Better Buildings Challenge (including being featured in the Better Buildings SWAP (Season 1), Hilton was the first hospitality company to achieve DOE’s Superior Energy Performance (SEP) certification. Hilton’s continuous focus on improving environmental performance has led to the following cumulative reductions across its global portfolio of managed and franchised hotels from 2008-2018:

  • Energy use intensity (kWh per square meter): 22%
  • Carbon emissions intensity (metric tons per square meter): 30%
  • Waste intensity (metric tons per square meter): 32%
  • Water use intensity (liters per square meter): 22%
  • Cumulative utility savings: Over $1 billion

Hilton has recently updated its commitment in the Challenge with a target of reducing energy use intensity in its over 200 US managed hotels by 20% by 2026 (2016 baseline). They are well on track to achieving this goal with 8% cumulative savings since 2016.


Challenge Commitment
91Million Square Feet
Energy Goals
20%Reduction in Energy Intensity
8%Cumulative (vs. Baseline)