A new way for hotels to go green has arrived at Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. Computers at the check-in desk will now be powered by wind energy.
The North America hotel group has purchased Eco-Logo certified wind power for 249 check-in computers, which will result in a greenhouse gas reduction of almost 100 tonnes over the next year.
For the first year hotels have purchased a total of 116 megawatt hours of wind power through the Pembina Institute, a non-profit environmental organisation.
“It is refreshing to see the corporate sector taking on these important roles to make renewable energy even more viable in the future. Clean, renewable energy is where we all need to be heading,” says Tina Barzo, development associate at the Pembina Institute.
Since 1999, The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise has been purchasing green power. Presently, 40 percent of the property’s electricity needs are met by a blend of wind and run-of-river electricity generation.
“The purchase of wind power is a new component of our company’s Green Partnership Program. Given the current emphasis on reduced greenhouse gas emissions, it is important for Fairmont to take this logical step and continue to support sustainable technology,” says Michelle White, Fairmont’s manager for environmental affairs.