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Climate Change

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts are located in some of the world’s most diverse and picturesque locations and the company was founded on an enduring connection to the land and communities where we do business.  As a leading travel provider, Fairmont is reliant on destination health to be profitable and is committed to preserving the places where our guests and colleagues, work, live and play.  Fairmont is resolutely aware of the business impacts associated with environmental damage (i.e. diminishing snowfall at ski resorts, extreme weather events such as tornadoes and hurricanes, etc.) and is taking proactive steps to reduce its carbon output and help mitigate the effects of global warming.

Fairmont has always been at the forefront of environmental activism within the hospitality sector and is known for taking a leadership stance on issues affecting our planet.  We believe global warming poses a significant threat to our planet and are committed to addressing this issue within the context of our environmental programming.

Our Promise
As part of our commitment to addressing Climate Change within the context of our environmental programming, Fairmont partnered with the World Wildlife Fund (“WWF”) to develop a Climate Change Strategy.

As part of the WWF’s Climate Savers Program, Fairmont has measured it’s total CO2 footprint according to the UN protocol and has set a corporate wide target to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 20 % below our 2006 levels by 2013.

Reducing our emissions by 20% is the equivalent of removing 19,777 cars from the road annually, avoiding the burning of 174,775 barrels of oil, or avoiding the consumption of 1,004 tanker trucks of gasoline.


Energy and Carbon Management Program 
In an effort to effectively monitor and reduce our carbon footprint, Fairmont has implemented a new Energy and Carbon Management Program. As Fairmont expands its operations and includes new hotels within our portfolio, we will seek to ensure any new property participates in our Energy and Carbon Management program and strives to reduce its greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions.

Our Energy and Carbon Management program provides individual Fairmont properties and staff with a framework to ensure information associated with greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions producing activities can be tracked and monitored on a consistent and measurable basis. This information will be used to guide reporting against program progress, both at a global level, and at an individual property level.

The Energy and Carbon Management program operates at the property level through the efforts of the Engineering and Operations departments and the Green Teams. While the analysis of energy consumption data is undertaken by Corporate Office, the support of everyone at our local sites is critical in making this program effective. It is our firm belief that our Energy and Carbon anagement program will drive improved energy efficiency, resulting in cost savings that will go straight to the bottom line.




Strengthening our Commitments
Fairmont has measured its emissions for scope 1 (direct emissions) and scope 2 (electricity consumption) across its 53 managed properties from 2006 levels for the calculation of its current GHG emissions inventory.

Fairmont will continue to implement energy efficiencies initiatives across its portfolio of hotels and increase its use of renewable energy supply where possible, promote conservation practices among its colleagues and suppliers, and share best practices with other organizations committed to the protection of the environment.

To assist us with to achieve our CO2 reduction target, Fairmont will undertake the follow actions;

  • Update existing Design and Construction standards to incorporate and reflect LEED standards by the end of 2011
  • Finalize a Green Procurement Policy and Supplier Code of Conduct by the end of 2009
  • Educate and encourage our top suppliers, representing approximately 25% of the supply chain, to provide products in accordance with the Green Procurement Policy and Supplier Code of Conduct by the end of 2010
  • Endeavor to include sustainable and LEED-certified hotels across the brand
  • Relocate Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Corporate offices in Toronto Canada, to a building with a LEED NC Gold target by 2011

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