Fairmont Hotel Cuts Emissions
Hotelnewsresource.com reports that Fairmont Hotels and Resorts has managed to cut its carbon dioxide emissions by 8.4 percent by using new environmental technologies such as a combined heat and power (CHP) plant that reduces the hotel’s reliance on the national grid by approximately 50 percent. New energy efficient boilers, smart meters, and awaste management system that recycles up to 90 percent of the property’s waste and converts it into an energy source, have also been introduced making it one of the greenest hotels in London.
The significant player in the hotel and hospitality industry has also pledged to reduce its operational carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent below 2006 levels by 2013, and was the world’s first luxury hotel group to commit to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions.
It appears that even conventional hotels are turning to eco-tourism these days, which is good news for travelers interested in choosing hotels that have a more sophisticated awareness and a higher commitment to good environmental stewardship.
Seeing that going green is both good for business and the company's ethos, Fairmont isn't alone in this move to become more eco-friendly.
Marriott is doing something similar by boasting of its "green hotels".
In Marriott's website, it states as its goals:
1) Further reducing energy and water consumption by 25% per available room by 2017.
2)Greening our $10 billion supply chain.
3) Expanding our green hotel development tenfold over the next five years.
4) Educating and inspiring associates and guests to support the environment.
5) Addressing environmental challenges through innovative initiatives including rainforest protection and water conservation.
Noticeably, the improvements will not be drastic and it definitely won't be immediate. After all, Rome was not built in one day. We will have to wait and see if these hotels deliver what they promise, but the track record in conservationism of both Fairmont and Marriott looks good.
When the environment thrives, everyone benefits. The reverse is true. Tourism simply cannot survive if waste and pollution take over a tourism spot. As Fairmont's president Chris Cahill wisely admits: “The business community needs to step up and take a leadership position if we're going to affect any real, transformative change, and I’m very pleased that Fairmont has been able to take some positive steps in curbing its energy usage and lowering GHG emissions around the globe. From the daily efforts of our engineers to the determined conservation practices of our hotel-level green teams, we remain committed to persevering and protecting the destinations we call home.”Continued on the next page