Las Vegas Sands Practices Sustainability as a Global Resort Chain

(3BL/JustMeans) - Can a global resort chain practice sustainability? Las Vegas Sands' (LVS) ECO360 sustainability strategy proves that the answer can be a resounding, “yes.”

Sands' ECO360 consists of four pillars: green buildings, environmentally responsible operations, green meetings and events, and stakeholder engagement. The company recently announced that while these pillars will remain the same, it is aligning its environmental performance targets with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and science-based targets. The SDGs are 17 goals adopted by countries in 2015 with specific targets to end poverty, fight inequalities and deal with climate change by 2030.

The company’s new 2020 sustainability targets are based on three of the SDGs, those addressing emissions reduction (SDG 7), water conservation (SDG 6) and waste management (SDG 12). The new targets align certain goals with those three SDGs, including doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency, increasing substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix, and substantially increasing water-use efficiency across all sectors.

LVS used science-based targets methodology to create emissions reduction targets. It is the first resort company to have their emissions reduction targets approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative, a partnership between CDP, World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). The SBTI is also one of the We Mean Business Coalition commitments.

LVS describes the opening of the Parisian Macao as the “pinnacle” of its sustainability achievements so far.The resort’s lighting design, which features 6,000 individual outside lights, uses only LED bulbs inside and outside. Using current LED technology for lighting on the outside of a tall building can be challenging, because the bulbs have limited reach. The company had to find lights that could work on a 38-story building, and put lamps on various levels. As a result of the lighting design and new water efficient fixtures, the Parisian Macao’s energy performance is 25 percent better, and its water use is 40 percent less than the industry benchmarks.

The Parisian Macao is prepared to be more sustainable in the future. The Macao Water Supply Company has promised to provide reclaimed greywater for non-potable use in the future. Two sets of installed pipes and a storage tank allow the resort to be prepared when reclaimed grey water will be available.

The Parisian Macao is not the company’s only resort with sustainable features. Sands Bethlehem, built on the site of the former Bethlehem Steel plant in Pennsylvania, is the biggest remediated brownfield site in the US. While being built, 22,500 tons of steel were sent to a local recycler, and a sizable amount of that recycled steel was returned to the construction site to be reused.

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