Bioenergy

Concessions Supplier Vows to Cut Emissions

National wildlife parks in the United States usually have at least one thing in common, Xanterra Parks & Resorts manages the hotels, restaurants and gift shops in many of them. With such a large presence in the national park industry, the company has pledged to keep in line with its environmentally sensitive policies and reduce the carbon dioxide emissions it produces.

Washington, D.C. – September 27, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] The pledge is part of the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Climate Savers initiative. “Approximately 17 million people who visit the parks and resorts where Xanterra’s lodges, restaurants and retail operations are located will be able to see and hear about the solutions to global warming,” said Katherine Silverthorne, who is the director of the U.S. Climate Change Program. “Ultimately, the survival of many of our national parks depends on such solutions.” As part of the Climate Savers agreement, WWF and Xanterra will work together to educate the public about available solutions to climate change, including on-site education of Xanterra’s customers in national parks. Some of the solutions being implemented by Xanterra are: – purchasing more efficient, alternative fuel, and hybrid- electric vehicles – increasing the amount of renewable energy purchases in Xanterra’s power portfolio to at least 3 percent of its total purchases by the year 2015 – reduce CO2 emissions to 10 percent below the company’s 2000 levels by 2015 – using energy efficiency best practices in the design and construction of buildings at park concessions, offices and resort facilities – using alternative and bio-diesel fuels to heat buildings – retrofitting mechanical systems including boilers and air conditioners with cleaner burning and more efficient technologies – designating and implementing a company-wide fuel-efficiency standard for vehicles “Businesses must integrate economic, human, and ecologic systems, and for us that means making tangible and measurable changes in how we do business — for example, powering our facilities using more renewable energy; heating, cooling, and lighting our buildings with more efficient technologies; serving more sustainable cuisine in our restaurants; selling more recyclable products in our retail stores; transporting our guests with less-polluting vehicles; and creating less waste while doing all of this,” said Chris Lane, who is the senior director of environmental affairs for Xanterra. The World Wildlife Fund and the Center for Energy & Climate Solutions work with companies like Sagawa Express, The Collins Companies, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Polaroid, Nike, and Lafarge to develop practical, cost-effective strategies that reduce emissions of CO2 and achieve energy efficiency goals through the Climate Savers initiative.