Registration Document 2013
Because water is very unevenly distributed across the planet,
the ability to access it varies widely from one region to another,
making it a source of political and social tension, and therefore
a major challenge for humanity.Accor uses a great deal of water
in its hotels, which are sometimes located in water-stressed
regions. We are therefore assertively managing our water
consumption around the world. Close attention is also being
paid to effluent discharge, so as to preserve downstreamaquatic
systems and maintain water quality for future use.
Water use management program
The 2011 environmental footprint study showed that each hotel
uses an average 15,000 cubic meters of water a year, for guest use,
housekeeping, foodservices, laundry, swimming pools, grounds
watering etc. In all, this represents 11% of Accor’s water footprint.
The study also revealed that the bulk of this footprint comes from
upstream farming operations, which account for 86%.
In response to this major concern, Accor is committed as part of the
PLANET 21 program to reducing water use per guest in the owned,
leased and managed hotels by 15% over the 2011-2015 period.
In addition, Accor is supported by a variety of programs to help
conserve water in upstream farming operations, either by issuing
procurement guidelines or, more particularly, through the Plant for
the Planet program (see page 78).
Management of water-stressed regions
UN-Habitat defines water stress as the inadequate supply of
water of satisfactory quality to meet the needs of people and
the environment. More precisely, it is expressed as the ratio of
annual water withdrawals to total available annual renewable
supply.A lower ratio means that there is less pressure on water
resources,while a higher ratiomeans that there ismore pressure.
Although water-stressed regions are already home to many
people, the percentage of the global population living in one
is expected to rise by 35% by 2025, to around 2.8 billion people.
Accor is aware of that the challenge of managing water use and
addressing the lack of supply is even more critical in these regions.
It has conducted a study to assess the risks related to water
and availability of supply in its host regions.
The following charts are based on data from all of our hotels, after
inputting their exact location into the World Resources Institute’s
Aqueduct risk mapping tool, which is one of the world’s two most
widely recognized applications for mapping water-related risks
(the other is the World Wildlife Fund’s Water Risk Filter).
This exercise measured and ranked the ability of Accor hotels
to access adequate quantities of good-quality water.
Percentage of hotels located in water-stressed
Low water stress (<10%)
Low to medium water stress (10-20%)
Medium to high water stress (20-40%)
High water stress (40-80%)
Extremely high water stress (>80%)