| Green Travel News |
The Royal Playa del Carmen is the world’s first hotel to use an eco-efficient microturbine to simultaneously power its hot water needs, electricity, pool and spa heaters, laundry support and air conditioning. The microturbine will reduce the hotel’s energy consumption by more than 48%, and also eliminates the necessity for emergency generators.
Microturbines are a relatively new distributed generation technology that produces both heat and electricity. They work like jet engines but produce electricity instead of thrust.
“We know it is the right thing to do to help ensure the ongoing natural beauty of the Riviera Maya, including its pristine waters, lush tropical jungles and impressive reef ecosystem,” says Fernando Garcia of Real Resorts, which owns the Royal. “The microturbine and its subsequent energy savings takes the stress off of the region’s growing need to produce electricity and allows us to operate in the most environmentally sensitive way.”
He notes that the installation is Real Resorts’ latest sustainability measure in its Real Green Program.
Real Green encompasses practices such as sorting and recycling waste, quality controls over the laundering of towels and linens, the use of light sensors in restrooms and other public spaces, the use of recycled water for watering resort gardens and new chemical-free laundry services which also reduce water and energy waste. The program is in place at all four Real Resort hotels in Playa del Carmen and Cancun. These also include Gran Porto Real Playa del Carmen, Royal Cancun and Gran Caribe Real in Cancun.