Spanish hospitality company NH Hotel Group has pledged to cut its carbon emissions by 20 per cent by 2030 with the goal of preventing more than 70,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.

The group says its target has been validated by the Science-Based Targets initiative, an alliance aimed at encouraging businesses to take action against climate change. It has also been backed by CDP – a not-for-profit charity focused on helping companies, investors, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impact – the United Nations Compact, World Resources Institute and World Wide Fund for Nature.

According to the company, the pledge is specifically to cut its direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions across its entire business chain.

NH Hotel Group says the goal is aligned with the Paris Agreement’s target of limiting the rise in global warming to under 2°C.

Rufino Perez, COO and global transformation leader at NH Hotel Group, commented: “The fact that we have set a science-based target is going to help us advance towards a business model that is compatible with a low-carbon economy and allow us to take advantage of all of the attendant opportunities. Attainment of this milestone will imply accelerated and large-scale transformation in which we will involve all of our stakeholders. Our entire organisation is totally committed to meeting this target.

“We have been actively supporting climate mitigation since 2007, since when we have managed to reduce our operations’ carbon footprint by 67 per cent. Moreover, in the last year, 70 per cent of all of the energy we consumed came from renewable sources. However, now is the time to be even more ambitious with our sustainability targets.”

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