Reducing Energy Consumption
Reducing energy consumption is a key element of our CodeGreen strategy to practice comprehensive environmental stewardship. Every Caesars property, new or old, renovated or newly constructed, maintains a series of ongoing energy efficiency projects. In the last decade, we have invested in more than 180 major energy efficiency initiatives.
From 2007 to 2016, Caesars U.S. and international operations reduced energy consumption (fossil fuel based) per square foot by 21 percent.
CAESARS CITIZENSHIP BLOG SPOTLIGHT
Our annual CodeGreen Challenge is a neck-and-neck competition for the greenest location of all! It gets our teams pumped up about reducing environmental impact and giving back to the communities where we live and work.
This year, Caesars Windsor took the eco-friendly cake, with Harrah’s Ak-Chin in second place. It was too hard to pick a third place winner, so we awarded a tie to three locations in both Las Vegas and in Atlantic City!
Read more on Caesars Citizenship Blog.
Retro-commissioning has been a strategy at Caesars for several years now, and we have achieved significant resource efficiencies at Harrah’s Laughlin, Harveys Lake Tahoe, Harrah’s Las Vegas and several other properties. In 2016, we took this to a new level. We started a new retro-commissioning and central plant optimization project with advanced control technologies to reduce heating, air-conditioning and ventilation energy use at several properties. This initiative is based on our experience of a pilot program at Paris Hotel & Casino which was completed in early 2016 with impressive results.
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. An important aspect of the project was an upgrade of controls and integration with existing systems that improved visibility into plant operating conditions and provided remote access. In addition to the energy and cost savings benefit, our experience at Paris Hotel and Casino proved that we can integrate new control components in a legacy system and achieve strong results that can be leveraged across all Caesars properties in the future.
Greening our energy supply in the UK
An example of how our UK operations are supporting Caesars’ People Planet Play environmental commitments is the progress we have made in advancing renewable energy.
We have now signed contracts for the supply of electricity from renewable sources for all our owned and operated properties in the UK (with one exception) with effect from October 2018. This will reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by more than 9,000 tons of CO2e annually, equivalent to powering close to 1,000 homes for a full year.