The hoteliers’ technological body Instituto Tecnológico Hotelero (ITH) advocates ten steps which mark a road map, linked to their Sustainable Hotel Programme, designed to make a hotel more efficient and more sustainable. These are the Ten Rules for an Efficient Hotel. They are ordered according to three key criteria: the first is the volume of investment required and the ROI; the second is the level of intervention necessary to implement each of the solutions; and the third depends on the type of energy being dealt with, from the most polluting to the renewables.
Tourism, and particularly the hotel sector, is an energy-intensive business. A large part of a hotel’s energy bill is made up of the consumptions associated with air conditioning and temperature control, domestic hot water production and lighting.
All this energy consumption is measured not only in money, but also in environmental impact, a sensitive issue in the case of visitors who are looking for sustainable lodgings that are environmentally friendly.
Article published in: FuturENERGY September 2013