Environmental sustainability

As one of the world’s leading hotel companies, with a presence in nearly 100 countries, we understand the impact our business activities have on the environment and take active steps to manage it.

Environmental sustainability is one of the two pillars of our corporate responsibility agenda. We put the environment right at the heart of how our hotels operate, and as we grow as a business, we are committed to doing so responsibly.

Our stakeholders, our colleagues and our guests want us to demonstrate how seriously we take issues such as climate change, water scarcity, utility consumption, and environmental preservation. Our long-term success, as well as the comfort and well-being of our guests and planet, depends on it.


“We are honoured and proud to be an active member of the IHG Green Engage system. Our participation represents our commitment to protecting the environment for this and future generations… we have realised a reduction in our operating costs.”

Kelly Spillett Slay
Vice President, Kelco Management & Development, Florida, USA
Holiday Inn New York – Wall Street and Holiday Inn Express Atlanta Airport

Our 2013‐2017 targets


reduction in carbon footprint per occupied room*


reduction in water use per occupied room in water-stressed areas*

Our 2015 achievements


reduction in our carbon footprint per occupied room*


reduction in water use per occupied room in water-stressed areas*


green solutions implemented through the IHG Green Engage system in 2015


IHG branded hotels avoided costs of $86.8m through using the IHG Green Engage system

2016 priorities

  • Continue to drive adoption of the IHG Green Engage system standard across our entire global estate.
  • Continue to drive quality use of the system to reduce our impact on the environment and enable cost savings.
  • Continue to reduce water use across our entire estate, with a particular focus on hotels in water-stressed areas.
  • Work with the Water Footprint Network to identify actions that hotels can adopt to improve their water stewardship, enabling further reductions in water use.

* from a 2012 baseline