Air conditioning, lighting and domestic hot water alone account for 78% of the energy consumption of hotels. At this point, it should be taken into account that each building is unique, and energy consumption can be significantly reduced by implementing energy efficiency measures. These include lighting control, capable of regulating the level and quality of light in a given space, and proper management not only improves efficiency, but also helps to save resources, because it is used when and where it is most needed.
The use of LED lighting, efficient air conditioning systems and proper thermal insulation improve the final result, as do energy management and control systems and simple water and energy saving guidelines. These initiatives seek to minimise environmental impact and promote more sustainable tourism, and the hotel sector could optimise its operating expenses by up to 40%, as experts point out.
A hotel can consume between 100 and 200 kWh of electricity per square metre. But it is already possible to see how many tourist establishments are implementing sustainability practices. This is the case of hotels in different parts of Spain, such as Club Med Magna Marbella or Golden Bahía de Tossa & Spa (Tossa de Mar), which have made great progress in this field. There are also aids for new energy saving projects in the sector, aimed at financing energy efficiency projects and the circular economy, as has already been approved by the Andalusian Regional Government, for example.
"In Spain we are still far behind and we need more awareness of what is called green tourism. The hotel sector should communicate better the advantages of undertaking energy efficiency measures that consist not only in a mere reduction of energy consumption and costs, but also in a considerable increase in guest comfort and a healthier environment," Claver acknowledges.
In short, good environmental practices not only translate into benefits for the hotels themselves, but also for the environment and society in general, guaranteeing a permanent attraction for the tourist destination.
B.E.G. (Brück Electronic GmbH) is a German multinational company that has been on the market for more than 45 years and pioneered the development of motion detectors in the 1980s. Specialising in energy-efficient solutions for lighting control and building automation, BEG systems adapt to all types of applications and installations ensuring scalability and interoperability in any project.
Author: Caribbean News Digital