Spain’s state-owned chain of historic hotels switch to green power | GBRI

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Spain’s state-owned chain of paradores – grand heritage hotels that are mainly housed in ancient castles and monasteries – are all set to go green. The chain has announced that all 97 of its properties will be using electricity from only renewable sources with the start of 2019.

The 90-year-old chain said the decision to switch to green electricity had been made for both environmental and symbolic reasons. “Paradores is a company that supports sustainable tourism in every sense of the word,” said its 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.”

However, the company said it has no plans as yet to stop using natural gas.

“Natural gas is less polluting than some of the other sources that hotels have traditionally used,” its head of communications, Sonia Sánchez Plaza stated. “But we are gradually eliminating our fuel oil consumption and we have an ambitious plan to bring renewable energies into Paradores, including biomass, solar and geothermal energies.”

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