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The Albus Amsterdam Becomes First Carbon-Neutral Hotel in Europe

June 16, 2017

The Albus in Amsterdam has opened as the first completely carbon-neutral hotel in Europe. Its Mitsubishi Electric system cools and heats all of the rooms without any carbon emissions; it is also possible to heat the hotel’s tap water up to a maximum of 90 degrees in a sustainable manner. Furthermore, the hotel’s water is heated to more than 70 degrees in a sustainable manner. By 2025, Amsterdam as a whole intends to achieve a 40 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, and the city has expressed the intention to be fully carbon-neutral by 2050. This is also an ambition the national government has recently stated.

“We are proud to be the first hotel in Europe that operates without any CO2 emissions,” Taco van der Meer, owner of the 4-star superior design hotel said in a written release. “We chose to install a sustainable system for the heating and cooling of the rooms and for the hot water supply for the entire hotel. The system provides 30 to 40 percent energy savings when compared to the gas-powered central heating and hot water system we have replaced.’

The Albus worked with various parties during the installation of the new system. Mitsubishi Electric supplied the VRF (Variable Refrigant Flow) system for cooling/heating for the 75 guestrooms and the CO2 heat pump QAHV for the hot tap water. In addition, The Albus worked with Rijnen Engineering, Scholten Totaalprojecten and Homanser for advice and installation. The entire project required the investment of approximately € 1,400 (Approximately $1,567). The investment is estimated to be paid back within eight years due to lower energy bills.

Work for the project officially began this past December. The hotel also meets the Paris Climate Agreement’s requirements.

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