greening-fairmont-on-target-to-meet-green-goalsTORONTO — Fairmont Hotels and Resorts is on target to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent by 2013, with news that emissions have already been reduced by 8.4 per cent.

“We’re confident we can reach our 20-per-cent reduction target in 2013 by continuing to focus our efforts on improved energy efficiency, increased conversion to low-carbon technologies and solutions, and by promoting conservation practices among our 30,000 colleagues worldwide,” said Sarah Dayboll, Fairmont’s director of Environmental Affairs.

The hotel chain has undergone a number of environmental changes, including optimization of temperature control and building humidity settings at Fairmont Dubai, resulting in a 17.1-per-cent reduction in greenhouse gases over the last four years; conversion of two boilers from oil to electric at Quebec’s Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu; and the installation of occupancy-sensing guestroom thermostats at Fairmont San Francisco.

In recent years, Fairmont has identified and implemented a number of key initiatives to reduce its carbon footprint, including the creation of an internal framework to track, monitor and report environmental efforts of the hotel’s network as well as publishing The Green Partnership Guide, a handbook used by its hotels and others in the hospitality industry.


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