Palladium Hotel Group ups sustainable energy goals

SPAIN: Spanish group The Palladium Hotel Group is hoping to showcase its sustainability efforts as it focuses on achieving its renewable energy goals this year.

SPAIN: Spanish group The Palladium Hotel Group is hoping to showcase its sustainability efforts as it focuses on achieving its renewable energy goals this year.

Currently 100 per cent all of the energy consumed in the group’s Spanish properties comes from renewable sources – either from guaranteed origin or the hotels’ photovoltaic (solar) panels. 

The group has installed 1,327 solar panels in Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza (pictured above from Palladium Hotel Group), Grand Palladium Palace Ibiza Resort & Spa and Grand Palladium White Island Resort & Spa. 

The solar panels create power up to 600 kWp and can produce 746,000 kW, avoiding 186,000 kg of CO2 emissions per year.

In the future, in order to achieve its sustainability goals the group plans to make use of other sustainable sources, including natural gas, thermal recovery systems and geothermal energy. Energy use for the rest of the portfolio in the rest of Spain, Italy, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Brazil hits 20 per cent for a guarantee of renewable origin, but Palladium Palace Hotel Group wants that figure to reach 50 per cent this year.

A recent report by Booking.com cited how travellers are looking for more sustainable accommodation options when they travel including more than 50 per cent of travellers from the UK.

It will do this by trying other methods of sustainable energy and continue to be proactive in other sustainability goals by focusing on waste management, the reduction of single-use plastics, and support for local products.

The Spanish hotel chain operates 41 hotels under nine different brands: TRS Hotels, Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts, Palladium Hotels, Palladium Boutique Hotels, Fiesta Hotels & Resorts, Ushuaïa Unexpected Hotels, Only You Hotels, Bless Collection Hotels and the Hard Rock Hotels Brand under licence with three hotels in Ibiza Tenerife and Marbella.

 Palladium Hotel Group has achieved various different certifications of sustainability from different standardisation companies across the world and its portfolio, including those by ReThink Hotel Association, EarthCheck Silver and Platinum and Blue Flag awards.

The Stay Hotels becomes first in Turkey to gain carbon neutral status

TURKEY: The Stay Hotels in Istanbul has become the first hotel group in Turkey to be awarded carbon neutral status.

The Bosphorus – image from The Stay Hotels
TURKEY: The Stay Hotels in Istanbul has become the first hotel group in Turkey to be awarded carbon neutral status.

The luxury hotel group, which has opened its fifth hotel, was certified as carbon neutral in March this year.

The carbon neutral designation was awarded by the French Bureau Veritas, which audited the hotel's operations and then evaluated it inline with the ISO 14064-1 international standard for greenhouse gas verification.

The group's website explains what they had to do to gain the award.

- We measured total carbon emissions over the consumption plan of all of our hotels, headquarters and other venues and vehicles. 

- We invested in and supported projects approved by international certification systems including Gold Standard and IREC. 

- We underwent an audit Bureau Veritas, an internationally recognised institution, in order to verify our compliance. 

We will continue to contribute to the world and its future as we implement these stages every year, by offsetting emissions and continuing to invest at home and across the world.

The hotel has to meet the same standards year on year in order to keep the certificate. Other sustainable touches include the pool tiled with glass bottles, the recycled sun loungers, and vegan leather headboards for the property.

Ali Ispahani, managing partner at The Stay Hotels said: “From the very beginning, sustainability was at the heart of our hospitality and we moved forward with this in mind in every aspect of our business.”

The company also invests in green-energy projects and makes sure it works with sustainable suppliers as well as using recycled materials where possible. 
The aim for The Stay is to become a zero-waste operation across all five of its properties by the end of this year.

Turkey as a destination is also hoping to attract those who want to 'stay sustainable' and in 2021 the tourism authority became a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). This includes encouraging cycling instead of using cars as transport, as well as the trend of moving away from large resorts and focusing on small sustainable hotels.

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