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The action demonstrates one way that hotels can take clear strides towards an industry-wide carbon reduction target, as well as doing their bit for ensuring a sustainable destination.
The announcement comes as the result of an agreement with the company A2A, the second largest Italian producer of renewable energy and a national leader in services focused on the generation of environmentally-friendly energy.
The agreement enables hotels operated by Meliá Hotels International in Italy to receive certification in recognition of their use of green energy in 100% of its hotels in the country, including the Gran Meliá Rome, ME Milan il Duca, Meliá Milan, Meliá Genova, Meliá Campione and Meliá Villa Capri.
The partnership with A2A allows the hotels to secure the use of energy from renewable sources from 1 January until 31 December 2016.
Meliá Hotels International says the group is firmly committed to preserving the environment and fighting climate change. In 2015, the ompany also signed an agreement with Endesa to ensure all of its hotels and corporate headquarters in Spain were using 100% renewable electricity to the end of 2016.
This latest milestone is part of Meliá Hotels International’s strategy to move towards more responsible resource management and the integration of sustainability criteria as a basic foundation of its Corporate Social Responsibility strategy.
The use of renewable energy either on site at the property via solar PV panels or wind turbines or through certified providers of renewable energy is an excellent way for hotels to reduce their carbon footprints and to work towards ensuring a more sustainable destination for visitors.