Natural Resources Canada's Office of Energy Efficiency encourages Canadians to reduce energy consumption at home, at work and on the road
With the assistance of the Hotel Association of Canada, hundreds of hotel companies and other organisations across the country have discovered that energy efficiency pays, and that it helps the environment by reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.
In February, Natural Resources Canada recognised Fairmont Hotels & Resorts as a leader in the hospitality industry in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Anna Cullinan, Chief, Commercial Sector of the Energy Innovators Initiative, said: "The people at Fairmont are always 160king for ways to increase the energy efficiency of their properties, and the Initiative helped them take that next step.
When all projects are completed, Fairmont expects to save over 30 million kilowatt hours or 108,000 gigajoules annually."
This level of energy efficiency equates to a saving of $2.6 million Canadian Dollars and 6,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions that will not be released into the atmosphere. Other proactive environmentally-astute measures have resulted in savings of more than Can$5 million to the company's bottom line.
Benefits to specific hotels were also recognised, including:
- The Fairmont Royal York, where the updated HVAC system and other related measures resulted in savings of over Can$1 million over two years.
- The Fairmont Chateau Laurier replaced their central steam system with their own steam system, performed a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) retrofit, a lighting retrofit and new digital controls. These measures saved an impressive Can$380,000.
- The Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac was able to save approximately Can$350,000 annually by undertaking lighting retrofits, installing automation controls, and other measures.
- The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver performed a lighting retrofit throughout the facility, HVAC measures, an energy management and control system upgrade, central plant measures, and others, resulting in an annual saving of Can$1.1 million.
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