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Renewable energy sources like wind, solar, bioenergy, geothermal and hydropower are unlimited, as they capture energy flows available from the natural environment.
Use of renewable energy sources will help secure the future energy supply and lower the human impact on the environment.
Renewable power capacity is increasing worldwide, accounting for 280 GW during 2008 (excluding large hydropower), representing an increase of 75% since 2004.
Currently renewable energy accounts for 8% of the total energy used in the European Union, and targets have been set for this to increase to 20% by 2020.
The EU Action Plan for Energy identifies the tertiary sector, including hotels, as having the potential to achieve 30% savings on energy use by 2020 – higher than savings from households (27%), transport (26%) and the manufacturing industry (25%).
EU hotels are in a strong position to access renewable energies as over a third of the world’s renewable power capacity is located in the European Union.
Hotels can benefit from using renewable energies for example in water heating, space heating and air-conditioning.
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