Can your holiday sunshine be put to good use?
TUI is one of the world’s leading tourism groups. Just in time for the 2018 summer season, TUI’s ROBINSON Club Apulia has installed one of the largest hotel solar panel systems in the whole of Europe.
Walking on sunshine
Sunshine helps create great holiday experiences for tourists, but the sun can do far more. It is also increasingly becoming a source of energy for hotels – to generate power and hot water. Many TUI hotels have already switched to renewable sources of energy with solar and photovoltaic systems, which capture the sun’s energy using photovoltaic cells. TUI’s ROBINSON Club Apulia in southern Italy has launched one of Europe’s largest photovoltaic systems for hotels at the beginning of the 2018 Summer season.
Home or away
Within less than four months, specialists installed 3,280 solar panels on the restaurant, the workshop and a number of guest houses in Club Apulia. The panels cover a total area of 5,500 square metres – roughly three quarters the size of a football pitch. In fact, these panels generate around 1,438 megawatt-hours of electricity per year, which is enough to power around 450 private households for an entire year. While over 70% of the power generated is used to meet the own needs of the Italian resort, the excess energy is fed into the local power grid.
Club Apulia’s installation of the solar panels closely follows TUI’s sustainability strategy. They believe that working in partnership is the key to protecting the variety of destinations their customers love to visit. TUI’s “Better Holidays, Better World“ programme, outlines how the travel group has set itself the goal of reducing the CO2 intensity of its business by ten percent by the year 2020.
This story shows how TUI supports Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy, specifically Target 7.2: “By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.”
Founded in 1923, TUI is an Anglo-German travel and tourism company headquartered in Hannover, Germany. Their broad portfolio consists of tour operators, 1,600 travel agencies, six airlines with around 150 aircraft, over 380 hotels, and 17 cruise liners in major holiday destinations around the globe.
Learn more about how TUI supports the goals.