Potential water and energy savings in the Spanish tourism industry presented in the main GREENinMED Innovation Voucher implementation conclusions
The Spanish technological experts, responsible for the implementation of the GREENinMED Innovation Vouchers, developed a methodology based on an initial recognition of the type of company and the company's facilities that might affect the level of water and energy consumption. The analysis had the aim of presenting the available sustainable and efficient options for the company.
After the completion of the 10 Innovation Vouchers, the following conclusions can be highlighted:
The technological experts proposed a series of improvements measures for future actions, based on the consumption parameters obtained, with the aim of improving the environmental impact and savings levels of the SMEs that received an Innovation Voucher. Estimations for eventual savings took into account factors such as annual occupancy average, price of water average and an estimated consumption in the period considered. In the analysis, two of the companies benefiting from the Innovation voucher could not be included in this analysis because the companies did not have data on the annual occupancy of the facility.
- WATER SAVINGS
Regarding water savings, after the implementation of the improvement proposals suggested by the experts, 29% of total annual water savings could be possible. In economic terms, the 10 participating SMEs could obtain average savings of 31,964 euros per year.
There is large disparity between the average savings percentages between the companies, so it is necessary to distinguish savings percentages between 10% and 30% and savings percentages around 70%.
• ENERGY SAVINGS
Regarding energy savings, after the implementation of the proposals, the 10 beneficiary SMEs could achieve average annual savings of 7.8% and average economic savings of 14,424 euros per year.
It should be noted that the analysis of total savings in energy KW/h is less because the proposed measures are based on good practices in energy management. The estimations of energy savings per company range between 2% and 20%.
Finally, some of the proposed measures for improving the energy management, such as the installation of solar panels, require a more detailed and in-depth study to determine actual consumption and the installation budget.
All data and conclusions drawn can be found in the Innovation Vouchers Final Report.