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Twentytú Hostel Barcelona, the most sustainable hostel in the Creative District

The first hostel in the world to obtain the BIOSPHERE RESPONSIBLE TOURISM certification, Twentytú Hostel Barcelona is committed to the environment, sustainability and social inclusion on a daily basis. Always relying on technological innovation, the hostel has implemented a multitude of measures to make efficient use of resources and limit its carbon footprint.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIONS

Among others, Twentytú Hostel Barcelona has incorporated in its spaces measures focused on innovation and technology:

  • Air conditioning and water heating system for DHW: it comes from the Districlima system, which uses the energy released by the steam from the Sant Adrià incinerator a few kilometers away from the hostel.
  • Room automation: at check-in, all indoor facilities are activated and then, at check-out, deactivated until the next guest arrives.
  • Timer system: all rooms include a timer in the shower and bathroom faucet, saving between 40% and 60% of water.
  • LED lighting: allows for more efficient use of energy. The corridors are equipped with a presence detector, and the lights turn off automatically.
  • Ventilated façade: Air conditioning is optimized and glass is incorporated to filter light and prevent overheating in the rooms.

 

SOCIAL ACTIONS

Twentytú Hostel, in addition to being focused on innovation and technology, has put its focus on the social sphere, trying to promote initiatives that can benefit the immediate environment and people.

  • Contribution of 1€, by the hostel, for each double room reservation received. These donations are distributed quarterly between Fundació IReS, Make a wish and the Sant Joan de Déu Children’s Hospital, which focus on children.
  • Collaboration with third sector companies that work on integration: 70% of the furniture is purchased from L’Estoc, whose objective is to improve and dignify the situation of people with intellectual disabilities and development through work; contracting of graphics and merchandising to Icaria Gráficas; recently, two people have been hired in collaboration with the Fundació Catalana Síndrome de Down, and one person through the social training entity Femarec, of the La Caixa Foundation.
  • Collaboration with the Department of Social Welfare of the Barcelona City Council in the reception of refugee families, political exiles and those with social problems, to whom they offer accommodation and a welcoming and familiar stay.
  • Collaboration with Ojos del Mundo, a non-profit foundation that prevents and fights avoidable blindness among the populations of the world, offering free accommodation to volunteer doctors who come to Barcelona to learn the surgical practices that will later be applied to people with vision deficiency in Africa.

 

 AWARDS AND CERTIFICATES

  • First hostel in the world to obtain the Biosphere Responsible Tourism Certificate 2015
  • Alimara Empresa 2015 Award for participation in the Fes el turista a la teva ciutat campaign.
  • Award for Best Sustainable Tourism Entrepreneurship 2014 by Responsible Tourism, Descobrir Catalunya and in collaboration with the Barcelona City Council.
  • eeST Smart Accommodation 2014 Award for Efficient Resource and Energy Management.
  • Premi Canela 2014 Award as the most innovative and sustainable company in the 22@ District.
  • Best Green Hostel 2014 Award by Hostelworld
  • Stay Wyse the best green accommodation Award 2014
  • Candidacy for the Environmental Award 2015 of the Generalitat de Catalunya to research projects and initiatives in the thematic area of environment and tourism.
  • Finalist in the 2014 Responsible Tourism Awards organized on World Tourism Day by the Directorate General of Tourism of the Generalitat de Catalunya.
  • ISO 50001 certified in energy management by AENOR: First building in Barcelona to obtain the highest energy qualification
  • Member of CONSTRUCTION 21, a platform for the study of sustainable buildings under the auspices of the UNESCO Chair.
  • Member Instituto Tecnológico Hotelero ITH
  • Best Green Hostel 2016 Award by Hostelworld
  • Distinctive Certificate of Environmental Quality Guarantee corresponding to the category of services awarded by the Generalitat de Catalunya in July 2017.

 

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

Sustainability, as applied to tourism, takes full account of current and future economic, social and environmental impacts to meet the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and communities.

The United Nations has launched an initiative that encompasses 17 Sustainable Development Goals, of which Twentytú Hostel Barcelona is implementing 15 of these 17 goals. Among others, they are carrying out actions and measures in the following areas: reduction of inequalities, sustainable cities and communities, responsible production and consumption, climate action, underwater life and more.

 

Find out more about the actions carried out at Twentytú Hostel Barcelona here.