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Marriott International offers electric vehicle chargers powered by renewable energy at hotels in Japan

New collaboration to expand the company’s EV charging network to 30 hotels in Japan by 2024. EV charging stations at Marriott hotels in Japan will use solar and wind energy.

TOKYO, JAPAN – Marriott International announced a new collaboration in Japan with PLUGO, an electric vehicle (EV) charging service company that only uses renewable energy such as solar and wind power. In support of the company’s targets to reduce its environmental footprint by 2025 and reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by no later than 2050, the collaboration will introduce EV charging stations to 30 Marriott hotels in Japan by 2024.

“We are incredibly excited to bring EV charging stations powered by renewable energy to our hotels, offering more sustainable solutions and enhanced convenience for our guests and travellers,” said Karl Hudson, Area Vice President Japan & Guam, Marriott International. “As a company, we are dedicated to integrating sustainable practices into our operations. This collaboration with PLUGO represents a significant milestone in our sustainability efforts, and we hope it will lead to more innovations that will create a positive impact for our planet, people and local communities.”

“We are dedicated to enhancing our EV charging infrastructure and services to fulfil our vision of ‘creating a future that motivates people to keep moving forward’,” said Naoki Okawa, Representative Director & CEO, PLUGO. “Our goal is to minimize our environmental footprint, but also offer a seamless and convenient EV experience for our customers. Our partnership with Marriott International is the outcome of our shared values and goals, and we are excited to work together towards a more sustainable world.”

The collaboration will first kick-off with six properties in 2023, including Moxy Tokyo Kinshicho, The Westin Tokyo, Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel, Fairfield by Marriott Tochigi Utsunomiya, Fairfield by Marriott Gifu Gujo and Fairfield by Marriott Tochigi Nikko, before expanding to more locations over the years.

Through this collaboration, EV charging stations at Marriott hotels in Japan will be available to all hotel guests and members of the public who use MY PLUGO, a smartphone app designed by PLUGO to book EV charging stations. This will help strengthen Japan’s EV charging infrastructure and transition its transportation sector towards a cleaner, greener future.

Guided by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Marriott International’s sustainability and social impact platform, Serve 360: Doing Good in Every Direction, this collaboration supports the company’s 2025 sustainability goals to reduce its environmental impact, build and operate sustainable hotels and source responsibly.

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