SUSTAINABLE MEASURES

RIU Hotels, as a company, works hard to minimize the impact that its activity has on the environment. To achieve this objective, various projects have been launched:  from efficiency and savings measures in hotels to standardization in measurement systems and comparable data to ensure reliable results.

Water use and recycling

RIU has taken sustainable measures to ensure the responsible use and management of water, minimising waste and maximising reuse through the use of water saving and recycling systems in hotels.

Water use and management measures

  • Double flush push buttons on toilets.
  • Mixing-valve taps in showers that improve temperature regulation.
  • Efficient showers and toilets with flow reducers and timers.
  • Replacement of bathtubs with showers in hotels.
  • Use of typical local plants except for areas next to the pool.
  • Drip and sprinkler irrigation, with pressure limiters.
  • Moisture detectors.
  • Irrigation when there is less sun to avoid evaporation.
  • Progressive implementation of a double circuit to reuse soapy water in toilets and for irrigation.

Water use indicators

Litres per guest/night
– 40 % water consumption*
*2020 data was affected by closures and low occupations due to COVID-19

Waste management

The company minimises the amount of waste generated by its activity and manages waste responsibly, separating it so that it can be recycled and treated.

Waste management measures

  • Purchase of large format products to reduce packaging waste.
  • Preference for packaging made from recycled or biodegradable materials
  • Hotels have facilities for the separation of waste.
  • There is a special protocol for the disposal of hazardous waste.
  • Chemicals, paints, solvents, light bulbs, cells and batteries have specific protocols.
  • The disposal of chemicals and toxic waste is managed responsibly, separating it so it can be recycled and treated by authorised agents.
  • There are waste bins in the hotel public areas to dispose of paper, glass, plastic and organic waste.

Waste indicators

Kilos per guest / night

-33% waste*

*2020 data was affected by closures and low occupations due to the COVID-19

Plastics Reduction

In one year and in 19 destinations, RIU has avoided the consumption of 180 tons of plastics. However, the company couldn’t reach the target marked for 2019 to eliminate single-use plastics and because of the COVID, 2020 will represent a year of setback in its achievements.

Single-use plastic consumption

Plastic reduction indicators

Approximate weight

How long does it take for plastics to decompose?

Energy saving

RIU uses efficient equipment to reduce the use of both electricity and fuel, consuming energy rationally, making better use of natural resources and helping reduce pollution.

Energy saving measures

  • LED and low energy lighting in hotels and RIU corporate offices.
  • Replacement of electrical appliances with high-efficiency appliances or ‘A’ class energy certification.
  • Implementation, whenever possible, of geothermal air conditioning systems to improve energy efficiency by 400%.
  • Replacement of diesel boilers with natural gas boilers that generate cleaner energy.
  • Automatic disconnection devices for air conditioning in rooms when guests open doors or windows, avoiding unnecessary energy use and losses.
  • Use of solar lighting in garden areas.
  • Timers programmed in parallel with sunlight hours.
  • Use of solar thermal energy for hot water systems.

Energy use indicators

Kilowatt hours per guest / night

-33% energy consumption*

*2020 data was affected by closures and low occupations due to the COVID-19

Reduction in CO2 emissions

The use of coal, oil and, to a lesser extent, natural gas, generates carbon dioxide emissions, one of the main causes of the greenhouse effect. The objective of RIU Hotels is to continue reducing pollution and CO2 emissions generated by its activity.

Measures to reduce emissions

  • Use of less polluting systems, especially with regard to air conditioning, the top contributor to our carbon footprint.
  • Replacement of diesel boilers and appliances with appliances that use natural gas.
  • Use of less polluting and more efficient machinery and appliances.
  • We are committed to recycling solid waste, thus avoiding the manufacture of new materials and an increase in greenhouse gases.
  • Identify the devices responsible for the highest emissions and improve their efficiency.

CO2 emission indicators

Kilos of CO2 per guest / night

Sustainable procurement

The RIU Hotels Procurement Department favours companies and suppliers that stock sustainable products and prioritises those that meet the 12 commitments the company requires in terms of respect for people and the environment.

Measures for sustainable purchases

  • Coffee and teas with a Rainforest Alliance certificate
  • Replacement of normal straws for compostable straws
  • Priority acquisition of local products
  • Biodegradable cleaning products and detergents
  • Purchase of seasonal fruit and fish
  • Promotion of hydroponic crops in destinations with adverse conditions
  • Reduction in consumption of endangered marine species
  • Cellulose sourced from sustainable forests
  • Recycled cardboard packaging instead of plastic
  • Oeko-Tex and Made in green certified textiles
  • Optimisation of goods transportation to reduce CO2 emissions
  • Elimination of chemicals considered harmful to human health and the environment
  • Cloth or compostable laundry bags
  • Compostable glasses and containers for take-away services
  • Eggs from cage-free hens*
  • MSC certified fish
  • FSC certified toilet paper and tubes
  • AENOR certified milk (animal welfare) *

Medidas para compras sostenibles

  • Coffee and teas with a Rainforest Alliance certificate
  • Replacement of normal straws for compostable straws
  • Priority acquisition of local products
  • Biodegradable cleaning products and detergents
  • Purchase of seasonal fruit and fish
  • Promotion of hydroponic crops in destinations with adverse conditions
  • Reduction in consumption of endangered marine species
  • Cellulose sourced from sustainable forests
  • Recycled cardboard packaging instead of plastic
  • Oeko-Tex and Made in green certified textiles
  • Optimisation of goods transportation to reduce CO2 emissions
  • Elimination of chemicals considered harmful to human health and the environment
  • Cloth or compostable laundry bags
  • Compostable glasses and containers for take-away services
  • Eggs from cage-free hens*
  • MSC certified fish
  • FSC certified toilet paper and tubes
  • AENOR certified milk (animal welfare) *