Hilton has announced a new initiative to carbon offset business meetings at selected properties in the Netherlands.

The group has partnered with the South Pole Group “to offer businesses the opportunity to offset the carbon footprint of their meetings and events at no extra cost”.

The programme is now available at the following eight hotels in the Netherlands, for meetings of ten or more participants:

  • Doubletree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station
  • Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
  • Hilton Garden Inn Leiden
  • Hilton The Hague
  • Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam
  • Doubletree by Hilton Royal Parc Soestduinen
  • Hilton Amsterdam
  • Hilton Rotterdam

Hilton said that carbon credits will be allocated to a range of projects which support its Purpose 2030 Goals, from forest regeneration and wildlife protection to clean energy.

The group’s Lightstay Meeting Impact Calculator tool will allow customers to view see an estimated carbon footprint for their event using hotel-specific data, with carbon credits then being purchased from the South Pole Group to offset environmental impacts.

Among the projects being supported by the new initiative include a borehole project in Rwanda, the construction of a geothermal power plant in western Turkey, a wastewater treatment project in Thailand, and a wind power project in the US. More information can be found at southpole.com/hilton.

Hilton also highlighted its work with businesses to reduce food waste through zero-waste menus and excess donation schemes, as well as encouraging the use of Digital Key contactless check-in and check-out where available to reduce the use of plastic key cards.

Commenting on the news Erwin Verhoog, vice president, operations Continental Europe, Hilton, said:

“We know that our customers and guests are as committed to reducing their environmental impact as we are, and we are delighted to further support these joint ambitions through this partnership.

“Our hotels are deeply passionate about ensuring their operations are as sustainable as possible, and this project will take that commitment one step further, delivering carbon-neutral meetings at no additional cost for our customers in the Netherlands.”