TORONTO — Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has achieved World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Climate Savers Program targets, reportedly becoming the first hotel brand and Canadian-based company to meet the environmental goal.
“According to the United Nations, emissions generated directly from the tourism sector account for five per cent of global carbon-dioxide 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, VP, Fairmont. “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 carbon dioxide as is generated by 13,569 passenger vehicles.”
To meet the Climate Savers agreement, Fairmont adopted various initiatives, including: reducing operational carbon-dioxide emissions by 20 per cent below 2006 levels; implementing a Green Procurement Policy and Supplier Code of Conduct; and educating top suppliers on the policy as well as updating their design and construction to reflect LEED standards.
WWF’s Climate Savers Program was designed to inspire companies to change their thinking about climate solutions, while also encouraging them to become low-carbon leaders.