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Hospitality Goes Greener

Key Environmental Performance Area:

  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Facilities)

Manages a $4 billion, 12,000-room portfolio of luxury and upscale hotels, conference centers, and resorts in the United States.

Identified cost saving and energy-reduction projects across its portfolio.

Expects to avoid more than 500 metrics tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually.

Challenge

The tourism industry accounts for approximately 5 percent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and emissions are expected to grow 135 percent by 2035 under a business-as-usual scenario. Additionally, hotels account for 21 percent of all emissions from tourism, primarily from activities such as heating and cooling, cooking, cleaning, and lighting. Hotels can minimize the emissions impact of these activities through energy efficiency initiatives.i

KKR engaged Chartres Lodging Group, LLC (Chartres Lodging) on a portfolio of lodging properties across the United States. Chartres Lodging is an advisory and investment firm focused on the property management, asset management, renovation, and development of lodging assets.

Responseii

In 2015, Chartres Lodging began partnering with the Green Solutions Platform (GSP) team to evaluate potential energy efficiency projects including lighting upgrades, HVAC equipment and control solutions, and kitchen exhaust retrofits at a number of properties. These projects, if implemented, are projected to save approximately $140,000 and reduce energy consumption by 800,000 kWh and 32,000 therms of natural gas, while avoiding more than 500 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year. In addition to this work, the Chartres Lodging team is implementing significant energy efficiency and green building practices during renovation of a number of properties.


i United Nations Environment Programme and World Tourism Organization (2012), Tourism in the Green Economy – Background Report, UNWTO, Madrid. http://www.e-unwto.org/doi/pdf/10.18111/9789284414529.

ii Self-reported portfolio company data is not calculated, reviewed or independently verified by KKR or KKR Capstone. For more information regarding the results methodology for companies evaluationg their own data, please see the methodology section. There is no guarantee that any GSP-related avoided costs or added efficiencies will positively impact the portfolio company’s valuation or performance.

Unless otherwise noted, portfolio company data represents 2015 results, published in August 2016. These case studies may contain forward looking statements including descriptions of planned projects and projected results and savings. These statements are subject to the risk that the projects will not develop as planned or at all or that projected results and savings are not realized.