Following Marriott International’s net zero goals and worldwide commitment to source at least 30 percent of its total power from renewable sources by 2025, the company has announced intentions to develop its electric vehicle (EV) network throughout Asia and the Pacific.
By the end of 2023, the company anticipates signing EV MoU agreements to construct and operate EV charging infrastructures in nine markets, including India, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Australia, and Vietnam, thereby enabling guests to travel in a more environmentally friendly manner. The MOUs specify the construction of over 400 EV chargers in the nine markets by the end of 2025.
“As climate impacts intensify across the globe, there is a growing urgency for us to increase use of renewable energy,” said Neeraj Govil, Senior Vice President, Operations, Asia Pacific (excluding Greater China). “The planned expansion of our EV network across the region is a significant investment that brings us closer towards our carbon emissions reduction target. This is just the first step in our shift towards using more renewable energy. We remain optimistic and laser-focused on our sustainability commitments and will continue to review opportunities that will lead us to a net zero future by no later than 2050.”
Marriott’s sustainability strategy is driven by an array of activities to decrease environmental effects via the development and management of sustainable hotels and responsible sourcing, as well as the protection and restoration of ecosystems in the communities where it works.
In support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), this announcement aligns with the company’s sustainability and social impact platform, Serve 360: Doing Good in Every Direction, which guides Marriott’s dedication to tackling the world’s most pressing social, environmental, and economic issues, delivering value for associates, customers, owners, the environment, and communities around the globe.