Iberostar, Acciona and Enagás spearhead green hydrogen in hospitality
Green Hysland is a pioneering initiative in Europe that is progressing for a reality.
Iberostar Group, Acciona Energía and Enagás have signed an agreement under which the hotel group will become the first user of renewable hydrogen in the Spanish tourism sector.
Iberostar Group hotels in Mallorca will reduce between 2% and 5% of natural gas consumption in the company’s hotels by using green hydrogen. The agreement is a milestone in the Iberostar strategy to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.
The clean hydrogen will be produced at Spain’s first renewable hydrogen plant, located in the municipality of Lloseta (Mallorca). The renewable origin of the contracted supply will also be guaranteed by Acciona Energía, tracking through its GreenH2Chain® blockchain technology platform. This tool will allow Iberostar Group to quantify, record and monitor the consumption of renewable hydrogen, which will be injected into its gas supply mix.
The agreement foresees the sales of between 5 and 10 tonnes of hydrogen to Iberostar. The strategic industrial Lloseta project is part of the Balearic Government’s Power to Green Hydrogen Mallorca initiative, developed by Acciona Energía, Enagás, Idae and Cemex with the collaboration of Redexis. Lloseta project is expected to produce over 300 tonnes of green hydrogen.
Iberostar Group has become one of the central pillars of the European Green Hysland project that aims to promote a green hydrogen ecosystem in Mallorca. The Green Hysland project aims to use green hydrogen for heat and power generation in public and commercial buildings and the transport sector. The Green Hysland project consortium includes a total of 30 partners from 11 different countries. The European Commission’s Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) is co-financing the project with a €10 million grant through 2021-2025.
Gloria Fluxà, VP & CSO of Grupo Iberostar, said, “This agreement allows us to lead the energy transition in the hotel sector while making progress with our own Agenda 2030.”
Rafael Mateo, CEO of Acciona Energía, added, “Iberostar Group’s commitment allows us to advance in the development of a new technology, green hydrogen, which has a leading role in the new generation of renewable energies.”
Marcelino Oreja, CEO of Enagás, commented, “We have been working for two years on the Green Hysland initiative, which we coordinate, and which includes this Power to Green H2 Mallorca project.”