Attractions Management Issue 3 2021

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A BRIGHTER FUTURE As PortAventura World announces it has become carbon neutral, we speak to Choni Fernandez Veciana about how the Spanish resort is moving towards a new energy model


s concern mounts over the effects of climate change, pioneers within the attractions industry are responding in innovative ways, searching for

more sustainable ways to power their venues. PortAventura World launched its strategy

to minimise its environmental footprint with the opening of Colorado Creek, its first zero-emissions hotel, in 2019. In November 2020, the company announced that 100 per cent of the electricity consumed in the PortAventura World resort the previous year had come from renewable energy sources, without CO2 emissions. The operator has ambitious goals for the next few years, including the installation of a photovoltaic plant to provide more clean energy. Here Choni Fernandez Veciana, PortAventura central services director of purchasing, logistics and corporate responsibility, talks us through the strategy and tells us why not making changes is simply not an option.

Why is it important to consider how energy is used in the attractions industry? The use of renewable energy is a fundamental

axis around which environmental commitment

photo: PortAventura World

must turn. In the case of PortAventura World, we continue to make advances towards energy transition, incorporating projects such as the installation of one of the largest self-

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Choni Fernandez Veciana joined PortAventura in 2007