Historic hotels in Spain switch to renewable energy in the new year

black and gold Paradores sign on a building

A state-owned chain of historic hotels in Spain is going
green in 2019
 and setting an example for the rest of the
country (and the world). The Paradores hotel brand — which
includes grand hotels housed in ancient
castles and monasteries — has announced that starting this year,
all 97 of the chain’s properties will use electricity from
renewable energy sources.

“Paradores is a company that supports sustainable tourism in every sense
of the word,” said company chair Óscar López Águeda.
“What’s more, as a public company, we also want to set an
example when it comes to investments that encourage energy saving
and responsible consumption.”

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The 90-year-old hotel chain signed a deal with Spanish utility
giant Endesa to make sure that all electricity used in the hotels
will come from green sources starting on January 1; however, the
chain has no plans to stop using natural gas.

Head of hotel communications Sonia Sánchez Plaza said that
natural gas is less polluting compared to traditional sources the
hotel has used in the past, but it is gradually eliminating its
reliance on fuel oil. Sánchez Plaza added that the company has an
ambitious plan to bring renewable energies like biomass, solar and geothermal
into Paradores.

Founded in 1928, Paradores has more than 10,000 rooms in its
hotel chain, and it employs more than 4,000 staff members. Sánchez
Plaza said that the company needs to protect the environment, because
many properties are close to national parks and biosphere

Environmental group Ecologists in Action has applauded
Paradores’ decision and believes that others should follow in its
footsteps. Group coordinator Paco Segura said that getting public
bodies to switch to renewable sources
of energy has a transformative effect.

The Spanish government has a goal of switching the country’s
entire electricity system to renewable sources by 2050, and it also
wants to decarbonize the economy. Its draft climate change and
energy transition law aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 90
percent from 1990 levels, and it also bans new licenses for fossil
fuel drills, hydrocarbon exploitation and fracking wells.

In October 2018, the government also struck a deal with the
unions to shut down the majority of Spanish coal mines, and in return, the
country will invest 250 million euros into mining regions over the
next decade.

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Source: FS – All – Ecology – News 2
Historic hotels in Spain switch to renewable energy in the new year