Energy conservation is increasingly important given the environmental costs associated with energy production and it's impact on the financial bottom line. Energy generation is the major source of green house gas emissions contributing to global warming. Additionally, energy production is a major expenditure for hotels including lighting, heating, and cooling.
Fairmont has implemented an energy conservation effort through the use of energy efficient lighting and new technology including green power purchase, cogeneration, and upgraded equipment. The company also purchases Renewable Energy Certificates and recently initiated the process to measure its carbon footprint in accordance with the International Greenhouse Gas Protocol. To facilitate this goal, Fairmont is working with WWF-Canada on their international Climate Savers Program. Fairmont is currently benchmarking its carbon footprint.
Measuring and Managing Energy Performance
Fairmont has an ongoing commitment to streamlining energy consumption throughout its portfolio. In 2006, the entire Canadian portfolio was subject to an energy audit to assess opportunities for energy reduction. As a result, over 300 potential energy demand reduction projects were identified. Following the audit, an external consultant was hired to quantify the estimated costs and energy savings of each potential project. This audit also provided an excellent opportunity to share best practices among the engineering teams.
Additionally, the entire US portfolio has been enrolled in the U.S. EPA's Energy Star Performance Rating System which provides a 1-to-100 rating of how each property compares to similar property types in the U.S. in terms of energy performance. Energy Star is a voluntary EPA program that gives businesses and institutions the power to reduce the pollution that causes global warming while enhancing their financial value. Rated properties must measure, track, and benchmark the energy performance; develop and implement a plan to improve energy performance, adopting the ENERGY STAR strategy; and educate our staff and the public about our partnership and achievements with ENERGY STAR.
Please see the following property specific case studies documenting some of our successes to date.
The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa
On December 1, 2006, the hotel completed an extensive lighting retrofit. It has replaced 4440 bulbs with energy efficient florescent ones. As a result, the hotel has saved over 203, 000 kwh of energy and an annual cost savings of $61,000. This retrofit will prevent the releases of 317165 lbs of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.
The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada
The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise has been purchasing green power since 1999 through an agreement with the Canadian Eco-Logo certified Canadian Hydro Developers. Presently 50 percent of the property’s electricity needs are met by a blend of wind and run-of-river electricity generation. Green power has minimal impacts on the environment and produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions compared to traditional generation methods.
The Fairmont Waterfront, Vancouver, Canada
The hotel installed a heat-recovery system that captures condensate from domestic hot-water tanks, then uses it to preheat incoming city water. This process saves an estimated 305,380 kilowatt-hours (1,100 GJ) per year- enough energy to power approximately 7 average-sized Canadian homes.
The Fairmont Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
In 2007, The Fairmont Winnipeg replaced all hotel lighting with energy efficient options. The hotel is expected to save more than 882,000 kWh per year according to Manitoba Hydro, which is the equivalent to saving the electricity needed to power 327 typical homes. The project will provide a cost savings of approximately $44,000 per year. As a result of the hotel’s complete lighting retrofit of 60 and 100-watt light bulbs, 1,314 light bulbs were donated to the Behavioral Health Sciences Centre diverting the light bulbs from landfill.