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100% renewable energy in hotels, challenge?

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What do you see in particular is the challenge for hotels in switching to 100% renewable energy? Is it simple and easy? What you believe is the biggest obstacle and how to overcome it?

Best, Adis

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Adis Krdzalic

FH Joanneum

Institut für Bank und Versicherungswirtschaft

adis.krdzalic@fh-joanneum.at

Hi, it probably is the cost of switching. That cost has already gone down a lot over the recent years, but hotel owners may still think that there are more pressing investments. As consumers become more demanding about responsible behaviour by the travel companies they choose, hotels should soon notice that there is no alternative. You gotta switch to renewables!

In general, hotel competition and sustainable requirements of guests will force hotel owners in switching to 100% renewable energy in the near future. As you already said, probably the biggest obstacle is their perspective of high costs in switching. Maybe more analysis, marketing, and education could help them in this field.

Adis Krdzalic

FH Joanneum

Institut für Bank und Versicherungswirtschaft

adis.krdzalic@fh-joanneum.at

Energy is still much too cheap. The price for oil doesn't represent the situation of oil reserves but are rather the expression of strategic thinking, e.g. in order to prevent higher investments into fracking, e.g. in the USA. It also should prevent broad investments into renewable energy. So, what we need, for the first step, in Europe are taxes on kerosine, taxes on gasoline and subsidies on renewable energy. We need to shift the balance of prices in order to make r.e. (renewable energy) more attractive.
And we need a different marketing: R.E. must be connected with image. Hotels basing on r.e. could present themselve as prepared for the electification of transport (which will push up the price for electric energy); protecting the clean air for their tourists...
At the moment we have a project running in Bad Gleichenberg at the campus of the FH JOANNEUM where we are lounching a photovoltaic panel, financed by crowed founding, which should serve as a kind of modern "statue of liberty" in times of climate warming: a symbolic sign post for showing engagement, but also intelligens investments.
By the way "investments": When you invest 12.000 Euro to build such a photovoltaic power plant for 4000W, you can serve in Autria 800 Euro per year, which means: After 15 years you make pure money (= saving it). And this is under present conditions. Electric energy and oil will raise in price, so the value of the return of investment will become bigger...
Something to think about...

Bye, Harry

Ceterum censeo mutationem climae esse vincendem.

(Incidentally, I think that global warming must be defeated) 

 

Prof. (FH) Mag. Mag. Dr. Harald A. Friedl
Assoc. Professor for Sustainability and Ethics in Tourism
Institute for  Health and Tourism Management
FH JOANNEUM - University of Applied Sciences
Kaiser-Franz-Josef-Straße 24
8344 Bad Gleichenberg, Austria
Phone office +43-316/5453-6725
Phone mobil: +43-699/191.44.250
eMail: harald.friedl@fh-joanneum.at
Web: www.fh-joanneum.at/GMT

 

Thanks for the comment Harry, nice point of view! Subsidies on renewable energy are possible and attractive in Austria (EU). The main question is, how it looks like in countries that are not in the EU, since probably they are less motivated in switching to 100% r.e.?

Adis Krdzalic

FH Joanneum

Institut für Bank und Versicherungswirtschaft

adis.krdzalic@fh-joanneum.at

Good point, Adis. I think, a chance to better involve our partners from Viet Nam and Thailand might be to ask them directly. I will send the request per eMail and invite them to answer her 😉

Dear colleagues and friends from Thailand and Viet Nam,

Dear colleagues and friends from Thailand and Viet Nam,

I need any information you could deliver about renewable energy in your region , even if youranswer would be: “There is nothing…”

  • What are the conditions for renewable energy in your countries and regions – according to your experience?
  • Do you know anything about an existing policy for supporting renewable energy in general?
  • Is there any policy for supporting renewable energy for tourism?
  • Are there any subsidies from the state, the regions or the villages?
  • Is there any other form of help offered, e.g. by delivering consulting?
  • Are there any links which could be helpful for local and regional tourism initiatives about renewable energy?

Please answer here, so that everybody can take profit of it.

Thanky, Harry

Ceterum censeo mutationem climae esse vincendem.

(Incidentally, I think that global warming must be defeated) 

 

Prof. (FH) Mag. Mag. Dr. Harald A. Friedl
Assoc. Professor for Sustainability and Ethics in Tourism
Institute for  Health and Tourism Management
FH JOANNEUM - University of Applied Sciences
Kaiser-Franz-Josef-Straße 24
8344 Bad Gleichenberg, Austria
Phone office +43-316/5453-6725
Phone mobil: +43-699/191.44.250
eMail: harald.friedl@fh-joanneum.at
Web: www.fh-joanneum.at/GMT

 

Thank you very much!

Adis Krdzalic

FH Joanneum

Institut für Bank und Versicherungswirtschaft

adis.krdzalic@fh-joanneum.at

here are some links -

https://www.boi.go.th/upload/content/BOI-brochure%202015-alt%20energy-20151222_30264_5b1f647a36eb9.pdf

http://activity.energy.go.th/ppp/3020 (interesting !)

http://www.thai-german-cooperation.info/download/public-report_5s.pdf

https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/1651184/ea-to-initiate-its-largest-wind-power-farm-this-year

https://www.posttoday.com/economy/sme/469299  (in Thai. About an initiative about renewable energy trip in a village)

 

Nirundon also told me following important information:

See the link for general policy http://www.eppo.go.th/index.php/en/policy-and-plan/en-tieb/tieb-aedp

In Thailand, renewable energy is popular and accesible for everyone including grassroot people e.g. small farm.

Small scale solar system has been widely used everywhere as it gradually is cheaper.

Best,

Nirundon

Ceterum censeo mutationem climae esse vincendem.

(Incidentally, I think that global warming must be defeated) 

 

Prof. (FH) Mag. Mag. Dr. Harald A. Friedl
Assoc. Professor for Sustainability and Ethics in Tourism
Institute for  Health and Tourism Management
FH JOANNEUM - University of Applied Sciences
Kaiser-Franz-Josef-Straße 24
8344 Bad Gleichenberg, Austria
Phone office +43-316/5453-6725
Phone mobil: +43-699/191.44.250
eMail: harald.friedl@fh-joanneum.at
Web: www.fh-joanneum.at/GMT

 

https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/1639562/thailand-to-build-worlds-biggest-floating-solar-farms

https://www.adb.org/results/thailand-one-worlds-largest-solar-energy-farms

https://isaanrecord.com/2019/09/14/isaan-alternative-energy/

This news is a bit related to tourism - https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1730351/us-invests-in-thai-solar-energy-project

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/326235537_Development_and_evaluation_of_solar_powered_catamaran_for_sustainable_tourism_in_southeast_of_the_gulf_of_Thailand

 

 

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