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Hotel Initiatives: Technology and behavioral changes

Earth Hour
On March 29, 2014 Fairmont hotels from around the world joined together to raise awareness about climate change by participating in Earth Hour, a global event organized by the World Wildlife Fund. Participating Fairmont hotels and resorts turned off their lights for one hour, and provided Fairmont colleagues and guests an opportunity to support the world’s largest global climate change initiative. Fairmont recognizes the importance of ongoing energy conservation stewardship and is dedicated to raising awareness of key environmental issues.

The Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello participated in the global Earth Hour initiative by shutting off all non-essential lighting throughout the entire hotel with the exception of the lobby. The lobby lights were fed by the energy produced from a stationary bike spinning session held at the hotel. Guests and staff were invited to enjoy treats and a bonfire on the terrace; embracing the darkness and stars.

Fairmont the Norfolk, Kenya
Fairmont the Norfolk has taken initiative to reduce their hotel’s energy consumption by encouraging a staff wide behavioral change. The hotel colleagues ensure unnecessary lights are switched off during room checks, in empty offices and at times when banquet rooms are empty. Thermostats are checked each month to ensure correct calibration, and modifications within the daily laundry operations have all proved to lower the property’s total electricity costs by 13%.

The Savoy
Substantial investment in sustainable solutions and a carbon reduction strategy have significantly reduced The Savoy’s carbon footprint permanently, and in the long term by 3,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, with energy consumption reduced by at least 30%. These solutions include the replacement of heating and cooling systems with high efficiency ones and the installation of intelligent energy building controls. A combined heat and power plant reduces the hotel’s reliance on the energy grid by approximately 50%. In addition, heat from all kitchen appliances is reclaimed and used to preheat the domestic hot water. The automated energy management system includes smart metering and 24 hour energy consumption monitoring. Smart guestroom thermostats in all rooms and suites are designed to control lighting and room temperature and use natural ventilation to regulate the temperature inside the room. The hotel has also implemented low energy lighting systems wherever possible.

Fairmont Mayakoba
Beginning in 2013, The Fairmont Mayakoba replaced all guest rooms with LED televisions and installed 12,780 LED light bulbs.

Staff at the Fairmont Mayakoba will turn off all major equipment, such as chillers, cooling towers or air handlers, when not in use or lower operational power settings to decrease energy demand. Additionally, when the hotel is not at capacity staff will selectively book sections of the hotel to allow the remaining empty sections to be closed down. Within the closed down sections of the hotel lighting in hallways is shut off, the air conditioning is turned down and hot water production is minimized, overall reducing the hotel’s energy demand.

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.