Caesars Entertainment has released its first carbon inventory for its U.S. resorts, revealing a two percent drop in metric tons of CO2 equivalent from 2008 to 2009.
Caesars’ U.S. resorts emitted 1,108,530 metric tons CO2e in 2009, down from 1,131,640 in 2008 and 1,170,150 in 2007. The company also announced that it has set a goal of a ten percent emissions reduction by 2013, compared to a 2007 baseline.
The company’s electricity use fell by three percent, from 1,444,660 in 2008 to 1,403,170 in 2009. Natural gas use also fell from 2008 to 2009, although 2009 levels were higher than those in 2007 (see chart).
Caesars, formerly Harrah’s, said that it has invested $60 million over seven years in energy efficiency projects, leading to an annual reduction of 153 million kWh and saving more than 100,000 metric tons of carbon. The company has upgraded thermostats and controls, installed energy-efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning and replaced most of its interior and exterior lighting with energy-efficient bulbs.
Caesar’s recently opened 263,000 square foot Octavius convention expansion at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas earned the company its first LEED certification. The report also said that Caesars recycles more than 640,000 gallons of used cooking oil a year, and has cut its annual water use by 200 million gallons since 2005.
The company’s water consumption was down by three percent between 2008 and 2009, from 3,429,450 to 3,310,320. These figures do not include some non-gaming properties such as office buildings and several golf courses, Caesars said.
The 2010 sustainability report is Caesar’s first. It is informed by the Global Reporting Initaitive’s (GRI) G3 guidelines, and is reported as G3 Undeclared. Last year Caesars launched its CodeGreen Scorecard, a data-gathering initiative that it says will allow more comprehensive information in future reports.
Last year two of Caesars’ Las Vegas properties won EPA WasteWise gold achievement awards for waste-cutting efforts that include recycling 75 tons of paper, 18 tons of plastic and nearly 13 tons of glass.
Last month Caesars Entertainment marked Earth Hour for the third straight year by shutting off all non-essential exterior lighting and marquees at more than 40 resorts and casinos.