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February 20, 2015

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Reach Green Goals

Good news for eco-conscious travelers: Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has reached World Wildlife Fund Climate Savers Program targets, reducing its operational CO2 emissions by 20 percent below 2006 levels—reportedly the first hotel brand to meet this goal.

“According to the United Nations, emissions generated directly from the tourism sector account today for 5 percent of global CO₂ emissions but may be higher. When Fairmont joined WWF’s Climate Savers Program in 2009, our mandate was to help address this issue as part of our long standing commitment to sustainability,” Jane Mackie, vice president of the Fairmont Brand, said in a statement, noting that Fairmont joined the Climate Savers Program in 2009, and that in the ensuing years, the company has removed as much CO₂ as is generated by 13,569 passenger vehicles.
To meet the Climate Savers agreement, Fairmont undertook a wide variety of initiatives globally, this included:
·         Reducing operational CO2 emissions by 20 percent below 2006 levels
·         Created and implemented a Green Procurement Policy and Supplier Code of Conduct.
·         Educated and encouraged top suppliers (representing approximately 25 percent of the supply chain) to provide products in accordance with the Green Procurement Policy and Supplier Code of Conduct.
·         Updated Design and Construction standards to incorporate and reflect Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) standards.
Fairmont hotels around the world also took steps to reduce the brand’s carbon footprint, upgrading infrastructure and changing behaviors to reach the company’s goal. Colleagues organized Sustainability Teams, leading the process as proactive, engaged, partners in the program. At the Fairmont St. Andrews, for example, the colleague Sustainability Team hosted open debates and pushed colleagues to propose initiatives that their department could then implement to create savings.
Some other notable activity and initiatives undertaken by Fairmont to achieve its Climate Savers target included:
·         At Fairmont Le Montreux Palace pumping water from Lake Geneva saves more than 60 percent of annual electricity consumption, compared to a standard air-conditioning installation (340’000 kwh/year).
·         In London, The Savoy, A Fairmont Managed Hotel, installed a centralized compressor plant for all kitchen walk-in fridges and freezers. The hotel’s refrigeration plant reclaims waste-heat to preheat domestic hot water by 5 degrees Celsius. Reclaiming waste heat produces an approximate saving of $59,440 over the course of the year, and reduces the loading and firing rate of the boilers which also extends the expected life of the boiler and reduces maintenance costs.
Middle East, Africa & India
·         Using outside breezes instead of air conditioning to circulate cold air into the Fairmont Dubai during the winter, reducing energy consumption.
·         Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii heats its pool using waste heat from a chiller system at no cost. If the hotel were to heat its pool using conventional heating methods (like propane) it would cost more than $90,000 per year. The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii is now examining the potential to apply solar films on windows and panels on the roof of the hotel to generate more of its power from a more sustainable source.
·         The Fairmont Banff Springs began utilizing outdoor ambient temperatures for its chilled water system. It estimates that this will save approximately 368,750 kWh of energy consumption annually.   
Asia Pacific
·         At the Fairmont Singapore, the in-house Sustainability Team conducts monthly audits of offices, kitchens, and rooms to ensure energy efficient practices.

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