Fairmont Hotels & Resorts stated that it has achieved World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Climate Savers Program targets, reducing its operational CO2 emissions by 20% below 2006 levels. In doing so, the luxury hotel brand known for its industry-leading sustainability programming becomes the first hotel brand and Canadian-based Company to meet this ambitious environmental goal.
WWF’s Climate Savers Program was designed to inspire companies to change their thinking about climate solutions while also encouraging them to transform themselves into low-carbon leaders. This leaves member companies better placed to avoid carbon-related risks while realising opportunities within their long-term business strategies.
“According to the United Nations, emissions generated directly from the tourism sector account today for five 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,” said Jane Mackie, Vice President, Fairmont Brand. “Achieving this goal is a testament to our colleagues’ commitment to their local communities. Thanks to their hard work, and through the purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates, we have removed as much CO2 as is generated by 13,569 passenger vehicles.”
Since its founding over a century ago, Fairmont has worked to deepen its connection to the environment and communities where it conducts business. This mindset led to the launch of the highly acclaimed and industry-leading Green Partnership Program, now known as the Fairmont Sustainability Partnership, a comprehensive approach to reducing the company’s impact on the environment, and to the brand embracing the Climate Savers Program.
“Leading companies like Fairmont are proving that strong environmental action leads to business success,” said David Miller, President and CEO, WWF-Canada. “Successful actions like these are critical to mitigating the devastating impacts of climate change on people and nature.”
In London, The Savoy, A Fairmont Managed Hotel established itself as one of the greenest hotels in the city by adding new energy efficient boilers, smart meters, and a waste management system that recycles up to 90% of the property’s waste and converts it into an energy source. The iconic hotel also installed a centralised compressor plant for all kitchen walk-in fridges and freezers, which reclaims waste-heat and produces savings of GBP 38,500 annually.