Chalfont, PA, October 23, 2014 – DEKRA Certification, Inc. today announced that it has certified Hilton Worldwide, Inc.’s Energy Management System to the ISO 50001 standard. This newest ISO 50001 certification complements Hilton Worldwide’s other global system-wide ISO certifications – ISO 9001 Quality Management and 14001 Environmental Management – which DEKRA Certification issued in 2011 and recertified in 2014. With these three ISO certifications, Hilton Worldwide is one of the first multi-national organizations to certify its entire system globally – more than 4,200 properties in 93 countries – achieving one of the largest ever volume certifications of commercial buildings.
Hilton Worldwide achieved the ISO 50001 certification following a comprehensive upgrade to its LightStayTM global environmental management system. “ISO 50001 provides a clear framework for identifying opportunities for energy improvements and efficiency projects,” said Maxime Verstraete, vice president of sustainability, Hilton Worldwide. “We are thrilled about this exciting milestone and will look to build upon it as we set our next set of goals. We could not have achieved this without our partnership with DEKRA.”
In addition to meeting ISO 50001 requirements, the upgrades to LightStay allow Hilton Worldwide hotels to forecast future energy consumption levels, monitor and report variations from expected levels, and set efficiency goals for individual properties with real-time tracking of progress against goals. These efforts will also enable the company to reduce its property energy use and carbon emissions even further.
“Hilton Worldwide is a shining example of how companies can use ISO to manage their operations in the most efficient, effective, and sustainable way possible,” said Dr. Cem O. Onus, Managing Director of Systems for DEKRA Certification, Inc. “Improving energy performance through ISO 50001 not only reduces greenhouse gases, but reduces costs. Hilton Worldwide is leading the industry in showing that this isn’t just an environmentally friendly thing to do, it is good for the bottom line.”
ISO provides internationally recognized frameworks and standards for organizations in the areas of products, services, and systems. ISO 50001 is the energy management standard that helps businesses reduce energy related operational costs, increase energy efficiency, demonstrate a commitment to sustainability, support energy conservation, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve use of energy assets, and refine energy procurement practices.
Companies gain certification by implementing policies, procedures, and systems that meet ISO standards, which are assessed by a third-party certification body. As part of the Hilton Worldwide certification process, DEKRA Certification performed a series of audits around the globe and will continue ongoing assessments to monitor compliance.
DEKRA Certification was the first Certification Body to achieve ANAB accreditation for the ISO 50001 Energy Management standard, which was introduced in July 2011. Since then, DEKRA Certification has also certified facilities for Volvo (North America), Nissan North America, Subaru of Indiana, General Dynamics, 3M, and Keihin Carolina System Technology to the ISO 50001 Energy Management standard.
About DEKRA Certification, Inc.
DEKRA Certification, Inc. is a U.S. based accredited certification body for international management systems. The company is part of the global footprint of DEKRA Certification Group headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany. DEKRA is a multi-accredited certification body covering all management system business line activities for North America, with a global service capacity. DEKRA offers services for ISO 9001 (quality), ISO 14001 (environment), AS 9100c (aviation, space and defense), TL 9000 (telecommunications), SEP (Superior Energy Performance) and ISO 50001 (energy management) along with auditing services to many other management standards, including customized supplier assessments. DEKRA works with companies to utilize standards for greater productivity, reduced waste, larger profits, an enhanced customer experience and the growth of a continuous improvement culture. DEKRA’s experienced professionals have extensive knowledge of management system standards and a proven track record of success to help achieve the goals of any organization.
DEKRA SE is one of the world’s leading expert organizations. The company currently runs activities in more than 50 countries. More than 32,000 employees are committed to ensuring long-term safety, quality and environmental protection. The DEKRA business units “Automotive,” “Industrial” and “Personnel” provide professional and innovative services in the fields of vehicle inspection, expertise, claims services, system certification, product testing & certification, industrial & construction inspection, consulting, qualification and temporary work. In 2013, DEKRA generated sales totaling approximately 2.3 billion Euros.
About Hilton Worldwide
Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxury and full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and focused-service hotels. For 95 years, Hilton Worldwide has been dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences. The company’s portfolio of eleven world-class global brands is comprised of more than 4,200 managed, franchised, owned and leased hotels and timeshare properties, with more than 690,000 rooms in 93 countries and territories, including Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton HHonors®. Visit news.hiltonworldwide.com for more information.
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