Airbnb Signs White House’s American Business Act on Climate Pledge

SAN FRANCISCO —December 1, 2015—Airbnb, the world's leading community driven hospitality company, today announced its participation in the White House’s American Business Act on Climate Pledge. With this announcement, Airbnb joins scores of companies nationwide who have signed the Pledge to demonstrate their support for action on climate change and a climate change agreement in Paris that takes a strong step forward toward a low-carbon, sustainable future.

“In comparison to staying in traditional accommodations, home sharing significantly reduces energy and water use, greenhouse gas emissions, and waste generation,” said Joe Gebbia, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer at Airbnb. “By signing the American Business Act on Climate pledge, Airbnb is representing our global host and guest community’s support for a strong Paris outcome and demonstrating our ongoing commitment to climate action.”

The text of the American Business Act On Climate Pledge is as follows:

“We applaud the growing number of countries that have already set ambitious targets for climate action. In this context, we support the conclusion of a climate change agreement in Paris that takes a strong step forward toward a low-carbon, sustainable future.

“We recognize that delaying action on climate change will be costly in economic and human terms, while accelerating the transition to a low-carbon economy will produce multiple benefits with regard to sustainable economic growth, public health, resilience to natural disasters, and the health of the global environment.”

As part of the Pledge, Airbnb has committed to:

  • Increase the efficiency of our already more sustainable travel platform. In 2014 Airbnb released an independent study that found that home sharing is a more sustainable method of travel, in comparison to staying in traditional accommodations, with significantly less energy and water use, greenhouse gas emissions, and waste generation.

  • Find new ways to encourage our hosts and guests to reduce emissions, use renewable energy and conserve energy. This week, Airbnb announced a partnership with NRG Home Solar that will provide incentives to new and existing members of the Airbnb community.  The incentives will make going solar more affordable and provide travel credits to encourage individuals to experience home sharing - a more environmentally sustainable method of travel. Earlier this year, Airbnb partnered with Tesla to install charging stations at a number of current Airbnb listings. In 2014, Airbnb provided selected hosts in the US with the Nest Learning Thermostat, free of charge.

About Airbnb

Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world – online or from a mobile phone. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and more than 190 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.