United Nations studies show that water stress impacts over 40% of the global population, with projections showing this is set to rise. More than 1.7 billion of the world’s population currently live in river basins, where water use exceeds its recharge. Population growth is expected to exacerbate this.

As part of our commitment to water stewardship, we completed the hospitality industry’s most comprehensive water risk assessment across our entire global estate of open and pipeline hotels. We identified risks related to both water quantity and quality, and put in place tailored water stewardship action plans to apply best practice techniques for each of our hotels, particularly those in water-stressed areas.The IHG Green Engage system includes nearly 30 Green Solutions dedicated to water.

Through our partnership with the International Tourism Partnership (ITP) we played a leading role in the development of the Hotel Water Measurement Initiative (HWMI). The HWMI provides a common methodology for hotels to measure and report on water consumption in a consistent manner across the hotel industry. 

Water conservation in Chengdu, China 

Chengdu, China, like many cities across the world is exposed to high levels of water scarcity and pollution. Our hotels in the city are doing their part to to introduce initiatives including the installation of water meters and water-saving devices such as faucets and showerheads, and upgrading water pipes. These actions, combined with the additional training for hotels colleagues resulted in an average saving across four IHG branded hotels of 3.5% per occupied room in 2017. In addition, the hotels have partnered with CURA (Chengdu Urban Rivers Association) to develop community plans to manage consumption, water scarcity and pollution in the local area.