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Hilton Cardiff Joins Earth Hour 2013 Movement In Support Of Energy Conservation
March 19, 2013
CARDIFF, Wales - Hilton Cardiff plans to mark Earth Hour 2013 from 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. local time on Saturday, March 23, 2013 as people and organizations around the world turn off their lights in support of action on global climate change. Hilton Cardiff and many of the more than 3,900 hotels that are part of the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of brands are expected to take part in the event that will mobilize more than one billion people worldwide.
"We are committed to energy conservation and we are encouraging our guests and neighbors to join us in this global movement," said Marie Fagan, General Manager of Hilton Cardiff.
Earth Hour will be celebrated at Hilton Cardiff through a variety of activities including:
- A 12-hour team cycle in the hotel's reception area, during which the team will attempt to keep a light bulb, which will be attached to the bike, lit from 8.30am until 8.30pm using pedal power alone.
- At 8.30pm all the hotel's lights will be turned off for an hour.
- A special sustainable dinner menu will be served in a candle lit Razzi restaurant while live acoustic music is performed in the Metropole Lounge.
- A special Black Mojito cocktail will be available throughout the day and Hilton Cardiff will donate a percentage from the sales of these, as well as from the sustainable dinner menu, to the WWF and Hilton in the Community Foundation which supports local children's charities across the region.
Organized by World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Earth Hour began in 2007 as a way for individuals to show how simple steps can make a significant impact on reducing greenhouse gases and addressing climate change. More than 2.2 million people took part in the first Earth Hour in Sydney, Australia and it has since turned into a movement with more than 7,000 cities and towns in 152 countries and territories and hundreds of millions of participants across seven continents. It continues to demonstrate a new era as members go "Beyond the Hour" to commit to lasting action for the planet.
Hilton Worldwide is the first major multi-brand hospitality company to make sustainability measurement a brand standard and recently earned ISO 9001 and 14001 certifications for quality and environmental management - one of the largest volume certifications awarded for commercial buildings. As part of that standard, Hilton Worldwide-branded properties commit to continuous improvements to their overall sustainability results each year. Across the portfolio, Hilton Worldwide has a made a five-year commitment, from 2009 to 2014, to reduce energy consumption by 20 percent, CO2 emissions by 20 percent, waste output by 20 percent and water consumption by 10 percent.
In 2012, Hilton Worldwide achieved its waste goal two years of ahead of schedule and reduced its waste output by 23.3 percent. Additionally, the company saved more than $174 million in cumulative savings from energy efficiency projects reporting through LightStay and is on track to meet to meet its goals reducing its energy use by 9.7 percent; carbon output by 10.9 percent; and water use by 7.5 percent.
Hilton Worldwide's efforts to continuously improve its economic and sustainability performance align with the company's commitment to Travel with Purpose to create shared value for its business and communities around the world. Launched in 2011, Travel with Purpose is built on four areas of focus - creating opportunities for individuals to reach their full potential; strengthening communities where we operate; celebrating cultures and the power of travel; and living sustainably through the measurement, analysis and improvement of our use of natural resources.
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