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Wyndham Sustainability Report: Normalized CO2 Emissions Drop 5%

Hospitality company Wyndham Worldwide reduced its normalized carbon footprint by 5 percent over the course of 2011, according to the company’s latest sustainability report.

In 2010, the company produced 0.0098 metric tons of CO2 equivalent per square foot of space. In 2011, this figure dropped to 0.0093. Wyndham is working towards a goal of reducing emissions per square foot by 12 percent by 2016 and by 20 percent by 2020, over 2010 levels.

The company also produced 14.17 metric tons of CO2e per employee in 2011, representing a 5.6 percent reduction per associate over 2010 levels.

Wyndham’s absolute 2011 global carbon footprint stood at 380,395 metric tons of CO2e equivalent. This represents a 4.5 percent reduction versus the prior year, the report said.

The company says it is complying with the UK government’s carbon reduction program, which requires Wyndham Hotel Group, as a franchisor, to report the emissions of franchised hotels. The legislation requires that allowances are purchased per metric ton of CO2 emissions in the form of a carbon tax. Wyndham’s Europe, Middle East and Africa team is using the program as a catalyst to focus facilities on reducing energy use, emissions and ultimately their costs, the report says. The team is using a series of workshops, educational sessions and energy audits, and sharing best practices, to achieve this goal.

Wyndham’s reported water consumption rocketed 221 percent from 2010 to 2011, figures show.

In 2010, Wyndham used 299.8 million gallons of water. In 2011, this figure jumped to 666.3 million gallons. All of Wyndham’s water is obtained and discharged through municipal sources, the report says.

Wyndham’s report says that “in measuring water usage and conservation, we have an initial focus on a limited portion of our portfolio, which we have expanded from last year,” which perhaps explains the increase in the figures. Notes in the report say that the 2010 figure was an estimate for Wyndham’s managed hotels, whereas the 2011 figure includes both managed hotels and Worldmark by Wyndham Resorts.

Wyndham’s Parsippany, N.J., headquarters saved an estimated 5.9 million gallons of fresh water in 2011, through a recycling program carried out in partnership with Waste Management. The company estimates that LEED-compliance initiatives at the campus cut its water use by 25 percent year-on-year. The report says that Wyndham has been focusing on linen reuse to reduce its water use.

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