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Hilton Worldwide Is First Hospitality Company to Achieve Superior Energy Performance (SEP) Certification

MCLEAN, Virginia — Hilton Worldwide has announced it is the first hospitality company to achieve Superior Energy Performance (SEP) certification from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for leadership and improvement in energy management and productivity at three landmark hotels. This recognition follows Hilton’s systemwide ISO 50001 Energy Management certification across its entire hotel portfolio in 2014.

Washington Hilton, Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort and Hilton Union Square San Francisco are the first commercial buildings to achieve the SEP certification, which adds third-party verified energy performance requirements to those under ISO 50001. Energy savings at Hilton’s SEP certified hotels include the following:

Washington Hilton (site of the 2016 Better Buildings Summit): SEP Platinum Certified (15.85 percent verified reduction from 2011 baseline);

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort: SEP Silver Certified (8.4 percent verified reduction from 2011 baseline); and

Hilton Union Square San Francisco: SEP Silver Certified (6.3 percent verified reduction from 2011 baseline).

“We are proud to not only be the first hospitality company but also the first company outside of the manufacturing sector to achieve certification through the DOE’s SEP program,” said Maxime Verstraete, vice president of sustainability for Hilton Worldwide. “SEP provides us with performance metrics to drive continuous improvement in energy management that are aligned with our goals to reduce our carbon footprint and increase cost savings across our global portfolio of more than 4,500 properties.”

Energy is typically the second- or third-largest cost for the average hotel, and there are strong financial and performance incentives in reducing overall usage and driving greater efficiencies. Through LightStay, its proprietary measurement platform across more than 4,500 hotels globally, Hilton has gathered data across its global portfolio to analyze how hotels are managing energy performance and driving improvements over time.

In addition to energy, the company has set targets in the areas of water conservation, waste diversion, carbon reduction and social impact. Hilton has also partnered with DOE through the Better Buildings Challenge to achieve a 20 percent energy savings goal over the next 10 years.