concerns the hotel
sector for two reasons:
- first, the rise in the average global temperature threatens many tourist regions.
It leads to water scarcity and the risk of coastal submergence.
- second, CO2 emissions, the primary cause of global warming, are one of the main environmental impacts from hotels.
In December 2015, in Paris, the 195 States taking part in the 21st United Nations Climate Conference (COP 21) adopted an agreement limiting global warming to under 2°C between now and 2100.
To meet this objective there must be a vast reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions, which are mostly caused by the combustion of fossil fuels.
For this reason, we are starting to move our hotel portfolio towards carbon-neutral buildings.
We have 3,900 AccorHotels brand hotels worldwide and most are owned by third parties under management or franchise contracts.
Inevitably therefore, the shift will be a gradual process.
First step: by 2020, all the construction and renovation schemes concerning hotels owned by the Group will be low-carbon building projects.
Energy and carbon are key areas which our Group can lever to lower its environmental impacts.
The hotels are directly concerned. They account for 84% of our global consumption of non-renewable energies.
The fossil fuels and electricity they consume account for 77% of our CO2 emissions.