A luxury weekend getaway shouldn’t cost the earth. It can even help you protect it. Take your green habits with you on holiday.
Hotels are responsible for 20% of the CO₂ emitted by the tourist industry. Yet the potential for energy saving in the industry is significant, particularly as a large part of any hotel’s energy consumption is due to unnecessary loss and wastage.
The Bohinj Park is an eco-hotel in Slovenia's Julian Alps that combines luxury with environmental sustainability.
Sustainable measures undertaken at the hotel prevent 63 tonnes of CO₂ entering the atmosphere every year. LED lamps, geothermal energy, heat transfer systems and electric car charging stations are just some of the measures making it one of the most energy efficient hotels in central Europe.
"I feel that environmental protection is very important for future generations," said hotel manager Anze Čokl. "Taking the beauty of our natural surroundings into account, it is paramount that our facility and its entire functioning are environment-friendly"
The eco-hotel generates one tenth of the CO2 emissions that a hotel of its size would usually produce. Unused heat from the laundry and ironing process is collected and then redirected to the water system, also heating the hotel's swimming pools.
So at the Bohinj Park, not only will guests get a good night's sleep, they’ll also leave knowing that their stay at this state-of-the-art hotel will result in a carbon footprint 90% less than it would have been in a traditional hotel.
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