Parador de Ronda. Image: Calavision Shutterstock

The historic Spanish chain of luxury hotels “Paradores” announced that from this year will only use energy produced from renewable sources in its 97 hotels. Founded in 1928, Paradores supports sustainable tourism and aims to promote energy savings and responsible consumption.

The hotel chain Paradores of Turismo de España SA, which offers stays in luxury hotels, often located in buildings of great historical and artistic interest such as castles or monasteries, announced that with the start of the new year the country’s 97 establishments will only use electricity produced from renewable sources.

This decision was taken partly for environmental reasons, but also because, as President Óscar López Águeda explained, Paradores is a company that supports sustainable tourism in all senses and as a public company, it wants to lead by example and promote energy savings and responsible consumption.

The agreement, signed with Endesa, will ensure that all electricity used in the paradores will come from clean sources. The company does not yet plan to stop using natural gas, which is considered less polluting than some of the other sources traditionally used by hotels, but will gradually implement biomass in all its facilities, currently used in two hotels, and geothermal energy, particularly in its establishment in Tenerife.

Parador de Tenerife. Image: Alexilena Shutterstock

Paradores, founded in 1928, has more than 4,000 employees and 10,000 rooms. For the president of the Spanish government, Pedro Sánchez, the company is interested in the protection of the environment because many of its hotels are close to national parks and reserves.

Spain aspires to ensure that its electricity system uses 100% renewable sources and thus reduces the carbon emissions of its economy by 2050. Its bill on climate change and energy transition aims to reduce gas emissions 90% greenhouse effect. from 1990 levels by installing at least 3,000 MW of wind and solar capacity per year over the next decade.

Parador of Jarandilla de la Vera. Image: Oscar Garriga Estrada Shutterstock

The bill will also ban new licenses for fossil fuel drilling, hydrocarbon development and hydraulic fracturing. At the end of October, the socialist government of Pedro Sánchez signed an agreement with the unions to close most of Spain’s coal mines.

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