Casino chain announces drop in energy use, GHG emissions - Smart Energy Decisions

Commercial, Energy Efficiency, Energy Procurement, GHG Emissions, Sourcing Renewables  -  August 7, 2017

Caesars cuts energy use, GHG emissions

Caesars Entertainment Corp. recently released its 2017 sustainability report, reflecting its drop in total energy use and increase in renewable energy following a deal approved earlier this year that allowed the gaming corporation’s Nevada facilities to stop buying power from their utilities.

In its 2017 sustainability report, Caesars reported a total 21% reduction in energy use per air-conditioned 1,000 square feet since 2007. It also reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 34% since 2007, surpassing its 2020 target of a 30% reduction and working toward its 2025 goal of 40%.

Caesars also reported that it achieved the Green Key eco-rating of its 100% U.S. hotel properties and LEED certification for 100% of its newly-built and expanded properties.

The company also outlined its recent adoption of science-based greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. From a 2011 baseline, Caesars committed to reduce Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 30% by 2025 and 95% by 2050.

Taking its emissions reductions initiatives into its supply chain, Caesars’ goal is to have 50% of its top 150 suppliers responding to the CDP’s supply chain disclosure agreements.

In March, the Nevada Public Utilities Commission approved an agreement that allowed Caesars to leave its utility, NV Energy, and begin to buy the power needed for its hotel-casinos in Nevada from Tenaska Power Service in Arlington, Texas. The move had Caesars following in the footsteps of MGM Resorts International, Las Vegas Sands Corp. and Wynn Resorts Ltd., which asked for and were granted permission from the Nevada Public Utilities Commission in 2016 to stop purchasing electricity from the utility; in its rationale for doing so, MGM had cited its pursuit of cleaner energy options.

Caesars has also undergone several retro-commissioning projects to increase its energy efficiency. Following success of its pilot program at Paris Hotel & Casino, it started retro-commissioning and central plant optimization projects to reduce heating, air-conditioning and ventilation energy use at Harrah’s Laughlin, Harveys Lake Tahoe, Harrah’s

Las Vegas and several other properties.

“The installation of a comprehensive ventilation upgrade and optimization of our chilled water plant successfully reduced peak electricity demand and delivered verified savings of 5.6 million kWh per year,” the report states.

Additionally, Caesars reported that in 2015 it invested approximately $5 million to upgrade the fluorescent lamps in more than 40 properties to LED, in turn saving more than 33 million kWh per year. By the end of 2016, the company upgraded more than 260,000 tubes in parking garages, storage and mechanical rooms, back-of-house corridors, kitchens, office spaces and other locations.

To advance its climate change mitigation goals, Caesars also participates in forums and summits to work with other businesses and support organizations within the We Mean Business coalition, including CDP, World Resources Initiative and World Wildlife Fund.

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