Going green: Las Vegas Sands aligns with UN sustainability norms

by | Feb 5, 2019 | News

Las Vegas Sands deploys the Sands ECO360 initiative in line with the United Nations’ sustainable development goals (SDGs)

Global casino resort giant Las Vegas Sands Corporation has launched its own sustainability initiative in the form of a plan called Sands ECO360.

The move comes as a step towards aligning the company with the United Nations’ sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Global green trends

Many stakeholders throughout the hospitality industry have begun working hard in recent years to make their properties more environmentally sustainable.Work in this arena is wide-spanning — from removal of straws and other disposable plastics to changing ways hotels dispose of waste.

In 2015, the UN SDGs were launched to officially publish a set of standards and common goals for the world.

Las Vegas Sands Corporation is following these norms to lessen its environmental footprint, said Katarina Tesarova, the company’s vice president of global sustainability.

“Our goal is to minimize the environmental impact of our operations in host communities, whether it is through improvement of existing resorts or careful consideration for new development,” Tesarova recently.

“We look at where we have the greatest environmental impact or opportunity,” she added.

Ambitious targets

Meeting these goals has led the company to launch and strive for ambitious environmentally-friendly projects such as embracing more energy-efficient LEDs.

But before more progress could be made, the Sands had to determine which SDGs the company would do best to focus its efforts upon.

Its sustainability team developed a six-step process that took a “literal approach” to determining its SDGs.

After completing the selection process, which was “broad and daunting for a hospitality company,” Sands decided to adopt specific targets of SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy) and SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production).

During the planning phase, Tesarova and the sustainability team devised a 15-year roadmap ending in 2030 to give the company and its 11 international properties ample time to achieve SDG-linked initiatives.

These efforts are already starting to pay dividends in terms of environmental impact.

For the first five-year cycle, the Las Vegas Sands set these goals: a 3 percent reduction in water consumption on a per square foot basis under SDG 6, a 6 percent reduction in emissions for both resort and ferry operations under SDG 7, and a 5 percent increase in waste diversion under SDG 12.

To make its progress transparent, the company has also begun to publish an annual environmental progress report noting what it has done to move toward achieving all of its ECO360 goals.

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