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Wyndham Worldwide associates around the globe are working together to reduce energy consumption. The Wyndham Worldwide global footprint is driven by our facilities, with 99% coming from electricity, natural gas and fuels. Through environmental programs that help increase awareness, innovation and teamwork, we are establishing green initiatives that target new, energy-saving alternatives.
Wyndham set 2010 as a baseline year, and tracks performance against the baseline using an intensity of carbon equivalent per square foot to normalize across the business units. As of year ending 2014, Wyndham Worldwide reduced its emission intensity by 20% by continuously measuring and utilizing proven conservation strategies.
The Company reviews its top energy consumers and emitters on a quarterly basis. Since Wyndham Worldwide operates three distinct business units, Wyndham Hotel Group, Wyndham Exchange & Rentals and Wyndham Vacation Ownership, the top energy consumers are handled on a case-by-case basis. Data is reviewed collaboratively with each location, and areas for improvement are identified in an effort to reduce energy. Opportunities for improvement range from simple programs with low-to-no cost to more complex measures involving energy audits and capital expenses.
For our environmental footprint, our focus is on facilities where we have operational control. Wyndham Worldwide is targeting a 25% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 emissions per square foot by 2025. In 2014, the Company realized a 7.1% reduction for an overall 20% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 emissions based on a square foot basis when comparing to the baseline year. The Company will achieve these results through a phased approach by creating a climate of behavioral change by means of training and education, energy efficiency programs and select advanced renewable energy projects where applicable.
Renewable Energy Projects
From wind power to solar panels, Wyndham Worldwide is committed to finding alternative resources to power our properties. In 2014, 144 sites in our portfolio used renewable energy, including our corporate campus headquarters in Parsippany where 100% of the electrical load is offset from renewable sources and is estimated to have an annual savings of 1,370 CO2e. In Europe, Landal GreenParks’s sustainable vacation bungalows have renewable energy of 30,000 MWH annually generated from waste.
Starting in 2010, Wyndham Worldwide officially began reporting Scope 3 business travel. Emissions related to business travel include air travel and vehicle usage such as car service and rentals. In 2014, emissions related to business travel were 9,261 MTCO2e, which is a reduction of 24.5% over 2010 on a per-employee basis. Below are some examples of how we achieved this reduction.
Wyndham Worldwide Corporate Travel, led by Joanne McNellis, Corporate Travel Manager, announced the launch of its first business travel carbon offset program with longtime preferred supplier, Avis Budget Group. The program includes a $.50 fee charged to associates’ daily car rental rate with Avis or Budget. The money goes to the EarthEra Trust Funds, a company used to build new renewable energy in North America, which reduces the need for traditional energy and burning fossil fuels. This fee replaces the $.60 energy concession fee previously imposed by Avis Budget Group. With this program, Wyndham Worldwide will offset all of the Company’s carbon emissions for business car rentals.
In 2014 several Wyndham hotels and resorts began to undergo the Green Key Green Meeting Certification. Similar to the Green Key Eco-Rating program, the meeting certification is based off a comprehensive self-assessment that looks at key areas including energy, water, waste, communication, activities, health, exhibitions and audio visual. Following the review, each property will be rated on a scale of one to five green keys. As a result of the expansion of sustainable practices in the tourism industry, green meeting certification was created to assist facilities and event planners who have become increasingly aware of the environmental impacts of hosting events, whether large or small. Hosting green meetings is not only sustainable, but also adds value to the bottom line through conservation, as well as positively influencing the supply chain and other business relationships. Sustainable meetings can also help cut down on the impact of business travel, which makes up a large part of the Company’s carbon footprint.