The Venetian Resort today announced elevated support for the development of green power and sustainable seafood at the iconic Las Vegas hotel and convention center. The announcement coincides with United Nations-sponsored World Environment Day on June 5.
Beginning in May, the company entered into a partnership with NV Energy to offset 100% of the annual electricity consumption at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas and Sands Expo & Convention Center through the purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs).
The partnership builds upon the Sands ECO360 global sustainability strategy of parent company Las Vegas Sands to explore options to increase the utilization of renewable energy in its portfolio, adding on to its already strong energy efficiency program. Since the inception of the program in 2010, the Las Vegas properties made tremendous efficiency progress and reduced the electricity consumption by 24.7%.
Meanwhile worldwide, the company is approaching the achievement of its 2020 science-based target, having reduced its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 5.8% since 2015 in addition to offsetting two new properties in Macao that came online since the target was established. The partnership with NV Energy and commitment to renewable energy is aligned with the company’s science-based targets for GHG emissions reduction. When coupled with a strong energy efficiency program and goals, the use of renewable electricity helps companies further reduce their environmental impact.
“The Venetian Resort is committed to sustainability across every aspect of our operations and along the entire supply chain,” said George Markantonis, president and chief operating officer at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas and Sands Expo & Convention Center. “As we continue to seek out new technologies to reduce our consumption, we are conscious of the electricity demand needed to run our operations in a way that delivers the experience our guests are expecting. The use of renewable electricity reaffirms our commitment to preserving the environment by avoiding the emission of greenhouse gases associated with electricity use, which is one of our most material environmental issues. We are partnering with local, credible industry players to help us identify and develop options to utilize renewable energy in our portfolio. Supporting the development of green power in the State of Nevada is a step in the right direction for the whole community.”
This partnership is focused on the development of a comprehensive sustainable seafood program for the Venetian Resort food service operations, which include team member and in-suite dining as well as banquet catering.
“We are excited to gain a deeper understanding of our seafood products and associated supply chain through this partnership,” said Olivier Dubreuil, vice president of culinary operations for The Venetian Resort. “Offering the highest quality culinary experience comes naturally with responsibility for preserving the environment that provides the essential ingredients.”
“Seafood sustainability efforts have been evolving in other sectors, but there is still much work to be done in the hospitality industry,” said Tobias Aguirre, Chief Executive Officer at FishWise. “It’s exciting to see The Venetian, as a major player in their field, take up a leadership role.”
As one of the most prolific resorts in Las Vegas, The Venetian Resort holds a unique platform from which to demonstrate leadership on responsible business and leisure tourism. “Through those partnerships, we hope to elevate sustainability standards, raise awareness among our guests and inspire other industry players to follow suit,” added George Markantonis.
For more details about the Sands ECO360 global sustainability program, please visit: https://www.sands.com/