Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Joins WWF's Climate Savers Program

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WWF welcomes Fairmont Hotels & Resorts as the newest member of its innovative Climate Savers Program. Fairmont has committed to a brandwide carbon emissions reduction plan and has pledged to reduce operational CO2 emissions by 20 percent below 2006 levels by 2013. Fairmont properties will also implement a new Energy and Carbon Management Program.

Additionally, Fairmont will: finalize a Green Procurement Policy and Supplier Code of Conduct by the end of 2009; educate and encourage its top suppliers to provide products in accordance with the Green Procurement Policy and Supplier Code of Conduct by the end of 2010; update existing design and construction standards to incorporate and reflect LEED standards by the end of 2011; endeavor to include sustainable and LEED-certified hotels across the brand; and seek to relocate Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Corporate offices in Toronto to a building with a LEED NC Gold target by 2011.

The Climate Savers Program is a collaboration among some of the world's leading corporations and WWF to show leadership in voluntarily reducing emissions. By 2010, the 21 Climate Saver companies will collectively cut carbon emissions by some 14 million tons annually, which is the equivalent of taking more than 3 million cars off the road every year. Such changes also save companies hundreds of millions of dollars.

Fairmont was the first major hotel chain in North America to embrace environmental stewardship within its daily operations through its award-winning Green Partnership program. "We see our Climate Savers partnership with WWF as a sound strategic decision, one that will help ensure destination health and contribute to the financial stability of the industry," said Thomas W. Storey, president of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. "Fairmont is proud to be the first global hotel brand to partner with WWF to tackle climate change and we look forward to achieving significant CO2 reductions from our operations worldwide."

For more information, visit www.wwf.ca.

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