Hotel Transylvania has operated the photovoltaic park that supplies the hotel with green energy. This is the company’s latest investment that aims to offer tourists an eco-friendly alternative among the accommodation options in the region. Hotel Transylvania is one of the few hotels in the country that runs on electricity produced by photovoltaic panels.
The hotel industry is a huge energy consumer, thanks to the services it provides. The production of the photovoltaic park installed in the Hotel Transylvania is 81 megawatt-hours, ensuring energy independence of up to 40%. The panels are installed on the main structure of the hotel on an area of 750 square metres. The photovoltaic power plant consists of a total of 176 pieces of photovoltaic panels. The comfort of the guests will be preserved, because all room equipment: minibars, smart TVs, personal climate system, etc., will work with the same optimum efficiency.
Another recent investment is two charging stations for electric cars, which can be used by both employees and tourists. Furthermore, raw materials are supplied and orders delivered with electric vehicles. Every time a tourist requests a taxi or a transfer from the airport, services are provided by the fully electric Florea Taxi taxis, a detail highly appreciated by travelers.
Environmental management practices have been implemented since the hotel’s renovation phase, in 2013, when it was purchased by Florea Group. The customized climate system available in all four-star rooms ensures efficient heating and cooling of the rooms. The system automatically disengages if the window is not completely closed. The lighting is done entirely with LEDs which guarantee a reduction of energy consumption by more than 15%. Also, domestic hot water is heated with the help of solar panels.
Attention was also drawn to single-use consumables, which were replaced by reusable products, thereby significantly reducing the consumption of plastic or paper. Digitizing processes means another step in reducing paper consumption.
As far as suppliers are concerned, the policy is very strict, with priority given to local producers. Thus, the need to transport goods over long distances is reduced. Waste is collected selectively in all departments.
“At the company level, we firmly believe that policies aimed at protecting the environment are mandatory to sustain the business in the long term. In the field of services, it is even more important, as customers are directly affected by these projects. When they stay in a hotel, they can feel good From knowing that their stay has little impact on the environment.In recent years, the image of the tourist has changed: he is more selective in the services he chooses, and the sustainability of the destination is certainly an argument to be taken into account.We are proud that we can also offer in Alba Iulia a location option, although While it is white on the outside, it is one of the greenest destinations in the country.” This was stated by Marcel Florea, General Manager of Florea Group.
This approach is even more important because it comes in the year the hotel celebrates 50 years of its existence, making it the most practical and comfortable hotel in Alba Iulia. With the active participation of both financial and human resources, the building that was opened half a century ago can remain a symbol of the modern development of society.
It is important to note that in addition to the company’s investments, tourists play an important role in reducing the carbon footprint of their stay. And this can be done with minimal effort: when they ask to change towels only if necessary, when they choose from the buffet only the amount of food they will consume or when they pay attention to the selective collection of waste. These practices should be part of a tourist’s code of good morals, wherever they travel.
The orientation towards sustainable practices in environmental management is an important component of the business strategy of the Florea Group, of which Hotel Transilvania is also a part. The company owns one of the largest electric vehicle fleets in Romania, which has exceeded 60 vehicles this year. The field of building materials production, which is the company’s main activity sector, is also aimed at reducing carbon emissions: all four Petra Pavaje plants in the country are powered by photovoltaic panels, and the efficiency of the machines is high. The company’s investment in green energy projects exceeded 3 million euros.
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