In Spain, RIU Hotels & Resorts are powered by 100% green energy.
RIU has signed a long term contract with energy provider Iberdrola to supply 100 per cent green energy to its establishments and head offices in Spain, which consume a total of around 70-gigawatt hours per year.
This agreement, which came into effect on 1 August, will allow the hotel group to sustainably power the more than 11,000 rooms at RIU’s 27 hotels in Spain with 100% renewable energy.
The hotel chain says this will prevent 30,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions, the equivalent of planting approximately 300,000 trees.
Coming soon in Europe and Mexico?
Iberdrola and the RIU group are studying the possibility of expanding the contract to include establishments in other European countries and Mexico, where both companies also operate. The companies’ different international sections have already made preliminary contact for this purpose.
Sustainability is RIU's focus
RIU’s chief procurement officer, Bartolomé Enseñat, believes this agreement is a 'big step forward in our aim to make our operations sustainable.’
The creation of the energy purchasing department is one of the RIU Sustainability area's greatest achievements this year, and this agreement is its first major project.
Reducing CO2 emissions is one of the main aims of the chain, which is also working simultaneously on other projects related to the circular economy.
RIU’s comprehensive commitment involves waste management and reuse and having a positive impact on the local economy, as well as process digitalization, which allows the hotel chain to reduce the amount of paper used and improve working conditions and processes — and sustainability certifications, which represent a global commitment in terms of hotel operations.