2014 Registration Document and Annual Financial Report - page 68

Environmental commitments
2.5.3. WATER
Water-related challenges
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 downstream aquatic systems and maintain water
quality for future use.
Water footprint
Accor’s environmental footprint data, updated in 2014, includes a
life-cycle water footprint figure measuring net water consumption,
i.e. water drawn less water returned to the environment.Total water
use is 31 million cubic meters. It breaks down into three main
items: water used in the farming activities behind the provision of
food services (39%); water used for generating the energy used in
hotels (cooling in fuel-fired and nuclear power plants, etc.) (36%);
and water used in hotels (showers, toilets, kitchens, swimming
pools, gardening, etc.) (14%)
The figures highlight two main ways of reducing the Group’s water
footprint: directly, bymanaging hotels’ water and energy consumption,
and indirectly, by sourcing in favor of more water-efficient farming
Breakdown of Accor’s water footprint by source
(i.e. 31M m
Food and beverage
Onsite energy consumption
Onsite water consumption
(room equipment, cooling units, waste management, office
equipment, hotel maintenance, employee commutes, external
laundry services, construction and renovation)
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. So
the lower the figure, the lower the stress on resources. 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%, to around 2.8 billion people, by 2025.
Since 2013, Accor carries out a yearly review of its exposure to
water stress risk, measuring the risk level of each hotel on the
basis of geographical location using the database in theWRI (World
Resource Institute) Aqueduct system, one of today’s two leading
water risk analysis systems. The results of the review are entered
in the OPEN application to inform hotels of their exposure to water
stress risks and thereby encourage moderate- and high-risk hotels
to step up their action plans on water consumption management.
Breakdown of owned, leased and managed hotels
located in water-stressed levels
Very high water stress (>80%)
High water stress (40%-80%)
Moderate to high water stress (20%-40%)
Low to moderate water stress (10%-20%)
Low water stress (<10%)
No data
The results show that only 1% of Accor Group hotels are located
in drylands. However, 33% of Accor hotels (948 in all) are located
in areas of “high” water stress risk or above, with 17% in areas
of “very high” risk. The locations most concerned are in France
(160 hotels), Australia (111), the UK (106), China (70), Spain (66),
Belgium (46), Germany (39), Indonesia (35) and Morocco (29).
(1) Net water consumption in hotels represents 4.5 million cubic meters of the 34 million cubic meters gross consumption (see page 67).Wastewater
from the hotels accounts for the difference.
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