Carbon and energy

Innovation not offsetting

As a global organisation, we believe our biggest contribution towards cutting greenhouse gas emissions will come from changing our own behaviour. We are therefore committed to reducing and managing carbon emissions across our hotel estate, rather than by purchasing carbon offsets. This provides a clear incentive to deliver the sorts of innovative solutions which guests want and which can deliver the greatest savings and efficiencies.

Our carbon footprint

Following the introduction of the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI) standard across the industry in 2012, which IHG played a leading role in developing, we added a carbon calculator to the IHG Green Engage system. As well as strengthening our efforts to improve the quantity and quality of data gathered by our hotels, the calculator enables hotels to minimise their impact on the environment by tracking, managing and reducing carbon. 

A Greener Stay

A Greener Stay programme

Guests staying at Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels in the Americas for more than one night can elect to participate in ’A Greener Stay’, a programme where guests can opt out of housekeeping services in return for additional points from IHG Rewards Club, our leading hotel loyalty programme.

As a result of this initiative, guests are encouraged to make more environmentally-conscious decisions when travelling. More than 1,400 hotels are participating in the programme, minimising their environmental impact. The hotels participating are working to reduce their energy and water usage, thus reducing their environmental impact.