City’s top hotels promise to cut emissions

Waldorf, Westin, The Pierre among 16 hotels planning to cut greenhouse gases by 30%
December 29, 2015 08:04AM

It may not be the Paris Agreement on climate change, but some of the city’s top hotels are promising to do their part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Sixteen of New York’s top lodges — including the Waldorf Astoria New York, the Lotte New York Palace, the Grand Hyatt New York and others — agreed to reduce their emissions by 30 percent or more over the next decade.

The hotels’ pledge is part of the de Blasio administration’s NYC Carbon Challenge, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions citywide by 80 percent by 2050.

Their promise translates to a reduction of roughly 32,000 metric tons on carbon, and about $25 million in energy cost savings, the Associated Press reported.

“As the nation’s number one big city destination, the hotels are showing the rest of the world that our city is committed to reducing our carbon emissions and fighting climate change,” Hervé Houdré, general manager of the InterContinental New York Barclay, told the AP. [AP]Ariel Stulberg