Tourism And Renewable Energy: A Marriage To Save The Planet

The Climate Summit that took place last week in Madrid made it very clear again: the Earth is increasingly suffering the negative effect of climate change.

Human activity without ecological awareness raged in many parts of the world. Landscapes that were lost, others that changed, some that were ruined. Different ecosystems, animals that became extinct because they did not adapt and natural disasters that did not exist before, are happening more and more often in countries and regions that were previously quiet.

Industries and factories, with their open-air smokestacks, burning fossil fuels, are one of the main sources of existing pollution. Even tourism, which is considered worldwide “the industry without chimneys”, generates pollution to the environment.

The experts gathered at the COP25 held in the Spanish capital determined that climate change could make tourism “disappear” due to the effect of the carbon footprint generated by this sector.

It is estimated that tourism activity produces 8% of the gases emitted into the atmosphere. But, at the same time, it represents 10% of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The study presented, which analyzes the data for 2017, indicates that tourism grew 50% faster than the average for the world economy.

These figures highlight the importance that tourism activity currently has for society. One in five workers around the world lives thanks to tourism.

The question that arises after receiving all this information is the following: How to ensure that the tourism industry can continue to grow and generate benefits but without polluting the planet, to take care of it because its natural beauties are the main product it has to offer to its consumers? The answer could be found in the use of renewable energy.

What are renewable energies.

If we take the Spanish electricity system as an example, we will find that it is one of the most diversified in the world. It has 14 different types of technologies that produce energy. This particularity is due to renewable energies, in which Spain is the world leader among the countries that invest the most.

The most widely used renewable energies in the country are Hydraulic (based on water), Hydroelectric (water and wind), Wind (wind), Solar photovoltaic (Sun), Solar thermal (Sun and heat), Renewable thermal (heat) and Renewable waste.

This year, Spain multiplied its investment in renewable energy seven times. In total, $7.8 billion were injected into the system to build plants and facilities with these green technologies.

Short tourism, the first to improve.

The director of Sustainable Tourism Development of the World Tourism Organization, Dirk Glaesser, underlined at the Madrid Climate Summit that “the emissions generated by the transport of the tourism sector in the environment constitute 5% of the world total”.

Forecasts within ten years estimate that there will be 35.6 billion visitors who will make short trips and that tourist activity will come to represent 11.5% of world GDP. But this constant growth would raise to 21% the portion of polluting emissions that would be produced by tourist transport.

As short tourism, with nearby destinations and a few days of walking, is the one that mainly needs motor transport, it is the first that can begin to change its strategies to collaborate in the fight against climate change.

In the range of so-called short tourism, Spain has such a rich and powerful history and cultural diversity in its different regions that any of the destinations it offers are excellent to enjoy a few days of vacation or relaxation. It also gives us vast possibilities to choose different magical and special places to organize events. Weddings, birthdays, reunions and social or business meetings can be held in a different setting, so that this celebration is unforgettable for all its participants. An ideal place for that is the Castell de Sant Mori.

Castell de Sant Mori.

This magnificent construction is built in the heart of Ampurdán, a historic region of Catalonia, located in the province of Girona. Currently, Ampurdán is divided into four administrative regions: Alto Ampurdán, Bajo Ampurdán, Pla de l’Estany and Gironés.

Specifically in Alto Ampurdán, a land that has the wonderful Pyrenees on one side and the seductive Mediterranean Sea on the other, the winds and the spectacular beauty of nature will be combined with the history, culture and local gastronomy to give to the visitor that you choose the Castell de Sant Mori a unique and unforgettable moment in your life.

Located in the center of the village of Sant Mori, the castle was built in the 15th century and remodeled several years later to adapt to the Gothic-Renaissance architectural style that dazzles anyone who approaches its impressive walls.

Consequences of the “no chimney” industry

The Secretary of Climate Change and Sustainable Development of Argentina, Carlos Gentile, stated during the Madrid Summit that both in his country and in most of the planet, “tourist areas are experiencing transformations due to climate change.”

Gentile cited as an example “rising sea levels on the coast or loss of snow in cold destinations.”

These negative effects have not yet been specifically suffered in Alto Ampurdán, a land that has the wonderful Pyrenees on one side and the seductive Mediterranean Sea on the other, where the winds and the spectacular beauty of nature will combine with history. , the culture and the local gastronomy to give the visitor who chooses the Castell de Sant Mori a unique and unforgettable moment in his life.

Its strategic location in the heart of Ampurdán makes the castle an ideal place to present food products, new wines or vintages, carry out tastings and speak at length around the table.

The gastronomic culture of the region is an inevitable pole of attraction when one arrives at the castle. The weekly markets in the different towns of the Costa Brava will give the visitor the opportunity to taste all the flavors, colors and smells of typical gastronomy, which influenced the creativity of the world-renowned chef Ferran Adrià, who revolutionized haute cuisine in the planet through its famous Catalan restaurant Bulli.

The Castell de Sant Mori is closely linked to the beautiful ecosystem in which it is built. In fact, the natural charm of its surroundings is the added value that this place offers its visitors. This same situation is repeated in so many places in Spain and the world that live off tourism. And that, to conserve the wonders that they can offer visitors, they must carry out an environmentally friendly activity, as the energy industry does when it is nourished by renewable resources.

The renewable energies that best care for the future of the planet.

The first renewable resource that was used in industrial quantities was water, through hydraulic energy. The potential energy accumulated in the water passes through a turbine and when it is moved, an electric power generator begins to work that can finally be distributed to different and distant places.

Hydraulic power plants do not generate the ecological drawbacks of thermal or nuclear power plants, with the infamous case of Chernobyl at the top. However, they have not yet been able to solve the damage to rivers caused by the construction of dams.

More efficient and environmentally friendly are wind and solar energy.

Wind energy uses a renewable resource such as wind. It is also considered a “clean” energy because it does not generate the pollution or damage to the environment that we mentioned in the previous cases.

The power of the wind will move large windmill propellers located in strategic places. As it rotates, it drives a generator that produces electricity that will be stored in batteries for later use.

Solar energy is the green energy that has been most developed in recent times. It is based on the most abundant source of energy: the sun. It is no coincidence that photovoltaic energy is the favorite to be responsible for the largest amount of electricity in the future.

Solar panels absorb the energy from the rays of our closest star. Through a chemical process, they convert that light into volts. That energy will be stored in 12v batteries and then it will be converted to usable voltages of 120 V.

To take care of our future, we must first know our past.

In order to value and transmit the legacy of caring for renewable resources and non-pollution on a planet where tourism aims to become a self-sustaining economic sector, we must first know the wonders that this activity has to offer. A beautiful example of this is the Castell Sant Mori. Its walls still preserve stories and memories that have a high impact on the history of the region and all of Spain. When one walks through its corridors, one can soak up the stay of Queen Juana Enríquez and her son Fernando, who would be known worldwide as Fernando el Catolico, the promoter – accompanied by his wife Isabel – of the trip that culminated with the discovery of America by part of Christopher Columbus.

Queen Juana traveled to Sant Mori from Castile. Upon arriving at this castle, she was received by her vassal Pere de Rocabertí, who was the first baron of Sant Mori. The Queen had arrived to assume command of the troops during various war conflicts that occurred in this area. During her stay in Sant Mori, the Catalan Cortes were summoned, on October 15, 1466, to put an end to the regional confrontations.

The castle’s cultural legacy continues to this day thanks to the fact that from that distant 15th century until today, the building has belonged to the same family. This continuity is rare in the area. Precisely, this partly explains why the historic building is kept in excellent condition so that its visitors can fully enjoy its wonderful facilities.

The castle today.

The majestic and imperial decoration of the castle has been maintained throughout the centuries. For this reason, when passing through its walls, the visitor will feel transported to the glorious past of Spain. And once imbued with that special atmosphere that you can only breathe there, Sant Mori will invite you to participate in the many activities and entertainment such as horse riding, hunting, scuba diving on the Costa Brava and visiting nearby historic towns like Cadaqués. and Girona, among others.

The castle can be rented for short periods of time. With a maximum capacity of 44 people when fully operational, including two attached houses. It offers levels of privacy and seclusion difficult to achieve in a normal hotel establishment. The walls not only protect the history of the place, but also ensure that the stay in the castle is as pleasant as possible for visitors.

The castle has three floors, an interior patio and a splendid garden terrace with swimming pool and barbecue. In total there are 13 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms and different lounges, with an accommodation capacity for 28 people. With the aforementioned annex, it can accommodate 44 people. These “extras” are former outbuildings of the castle. Adapted to their new role, they can be rented independently thanks to their individual tickets. But there is also the possibility of integrating them into the castle complex.

It is an ideal place to celebrate intimate weddings, family celebrations, meetings with those friends who are like family or small business meetings to celebrate having achieved an achievement together in work groups.

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