by Michael J. Shapiro | February 25, 2015

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has reduced its operational CO2 emissions by 20 percent below its 2006 output, and in doing so is claiming to be the first hotel company to achieve that goal set by the World Wildlife Fund. The goal is part of the WWF's Climate Savers Program, designed to encourage companies to develop innovative ways to cut greenhouse gas emissions. "According to the United Nations, emissions generated directly from the tourism sector account today for 5 percent of global CO2 emissions, but might be higher," said Jane Mackie, vice president of the Fairmont brand. 

"When Fairmont joined WWF's Climate Savers Program in 2009, our mandate was to help address this issue as part of our longstanding commitment to sustainability," Mackie added. "Achieving this goal is a testament to our colleagues' commitment to their local communities." In addition to the 20 percent reduction, Fairmont created and implemented a green procurement policy and updated design and construction standards at its properties, among other initiatives. Hotels around the world developed their own approaches to reducing CO2 emissions.