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Following the sharp increases in the price of energy over the last six years and the increasingly widespread incorporation of installations that offer added value to the establishment but which increase its energy expenditure (spas, swimming pools, gymnasiums, etc.), the hotel sector today is aware of the significance of energy as part of its operating costs. Proof of this is that fact that a large proportion of hotels have undertaken, or are considering carrying out, some form of measure to improve energy efficiency.

However a very large number of establishments lack knowledge and information regarding the energy consumption generated, which prevents the development of energy efficiency improvement measures and reductions in consumption with the sufficient technical solvency and the possibility of measuring and verifying the sought-after savings.

It is very important that the hotel owner improves their knowledge in terms of when, how, where and how much energy is consumed by the facilities of each hotel, as in this way they will have access to very valuable information to aid the decisionmaking process on the improvement measures to be carried out, offering a real tool to subsequently verify their effectiveness. Read more…

Coralía Pino
Project Manager, Department of Sustainability and EnergyEfficiency, the Hotel Institute for Technology (ITH)

Article published in: FuturENERGY January-February 2016

After the summer, we are once again aware of the importance of tourism for Spain’s economy. Tourism in general accounts for 11% of GDP and creates 12% of jobs. Out of these figures for tourism as a whole, the hotel sector, comprising some 15,000 hotels, represents approximately 6.7% of total GDP and between 2 and 3% of jobs. This is why it is a strategic sector for the country and must be protected. As with any other business, it must be provided with the tools that allow it to improve its economic results, whether this is by increasing demand for hotel accommodation through policies that promote tourism, or by reducing costs.

Specifically, within the hotel’s operating costs, energy is already the second or third most important item, depending on the characteristics of the establishment, making it a key area in which to look for savings. Currently, energy costs can account for up to 20% of operating costs, due to the continuous increase in the price of energy.

In energy terms, the savings potential of the hotel sector is very high, partly due to the majority of hotels having been built without any type of energy efficiency criteria. This makes them fairly inefficient, consuming a large quantity of energy to be able to provide an adequate level of service. Read more…

Óscar Alonso
Technician, Dept. of Sustainability and Energy Efficiency,
Instituto Tecnológico Hotelero (ITH)

Article published in: FuturENERGY September 2015

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Our special report focusing on Energy Efficiency in the Hotel Sector and Efficient HVAC, has been published as a Special Edition of FuturENERGY in June 2015.

With a special distribution to speakers and attendees at: the ITH conference cycles for the second half of the year under the banner of the: II Conference on Energy Efficiency in Tourism Establishments: Córdoba (November); VII Conference on Sustainability and Energy Efficiency in the Hotel Sector 2015: Benidorm (Alicante, Spain)–22 October, Gran Canaria (Spain)-29 October, Barcelona (Spain)-12 November, and at Smart City Expo World Congress (Barcelona, Spain, 17-19 November)

This special report includes the following:

SPECIAL CONTRIBUTION
Óscar Alonso, Technician, Dept. of Sustainability and Energy Efficiency, Instituto Tecnológico Hotelero (ITH)
Costs reduction for hotels via purchasing groups for energy supplies

EFFICIENT HVAC
How much do HVAC installations consume?
Albir Playa Hotel & Spa saves up to 55% in DHW production

Legislation and subsidies for energy efficiency

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Our special report focusing on Energy Efficiency in the Hotel Sector, has been published as a Special Edition of FuturENERGY in January 2015.

With a special distribution to speakers and attendees at: Fiturgreen 2015, eeST 2015, II Congress on efficiency and sustainability in the tourism sector (Barcelona, 10-12, March), and the ITH conference cycle for the first half of the year under the banner of the VI Conference on Sustainability and Energy Efficiency in the Hotel Sector 2015.

This special report includes the following:

• Financing energy efficiency
• Building automation and control systems and energy efficiency
• Dynamic façade
• Thermal insulation and solar control glass
• Efficient temperature control and DHW production
• Sustainability and savings on the electricity bill in hotels

EFICIENCIA ENERGÉTICA Y GESTIÓN INTELIGENTE

Energy efficiency has ceased to be an ecological utopia, becoming a business opportunity business even for the hotel sector. Improving temperature control, lighting or even the consumption of gas and electricity in the restaurant area has an immediate impact on not only the balance sheet but also on the reputation of the establishment. The Spanish hotel sector could save €210 m per year by applying energy efficiency measures in energy consumption.

Two or three decades ago, hotels that used to stick a discrete note to the bathroom mirror kindly requesting guests to protect the environment and not drop their towels on the floor if they could use them again, were seen as being rather strange.

The interest in saving on laundry has, over a short space of time, become a classic issue in the sector, a model that can now be extended to many other areas of hotel management, making the comfort and safety sought by clients compatible with a reduction in costs.

Article published in: FuturENERGY September 2014

The Gloria Palace hotel chain has three properties on the island of Gran Canaria: San Agustín, Amadores and Royal. All three hotels use propane as an energy source for their heating requirements. San Agustín and Amadores also have thalassotherapy facilities, which involves keeping several swimming pools at a temperature of about 35 ºC all year round. The energy efficiency project consisted of setting up an integrated energy service based around two biomass thermal units in the San Agustín (2×450 kW) and Amadores (600 kW) hotels, operating with biomass from pallet chips.

The savings made were used to cover other improvements in the hotels, these being the installation of two new cooling units with heat recovery in the San Agustín and Amadores hotels, a new integrated control system and refurbishment of the heat and cold distribution room in the San Agustín Hotel, as well as a system to monitor consumption in all three hotels.

All this has led to signing a 5-year energy services contract for the sale of useful heat and cold savings to the customer of €150,000, around 20% of their former energy bill.

Article published in: FuturENERGY October 2013

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