Hotels “are breaching rules for heating swimming”
Environmental groups have denounced the use of fossil fuels to heat hotel pools in the Canary Islands.
Several organisations claim establishments in the archipelago violate the regulations by using sources such as diesel or propane to increase the water tempe-rature.
These practices, they say, are going in the opposite direction to the guidelines to combat the effects of global warming.
Various environmental associations begin to point to the main industry of the archipelago: tourism, accord-ing to a report in the Spanish newspaper Diario de Avisos. Specifically, they warn of the use of fossil fuels in certain hotel facilities of the islands for the heating of outdoor swimming pools, in breach, they claim, of the Regulation of Thermal Installations in Buildings, which establishes “express prohibitions” on the use of fuels such as diesel or propane in open spaces because of its effects on health.
Representatives of several environmental groups say the breach of this rule is considered a very serious infraction, and the sanctions can reach up to 100 million euros, in addition to the suspension of the activity license.
They say it is vital that public administrations ensure com-pliance with the standards through inspection services.
The Youth for Climate Platform, which represents the Fridays for the Future movement, led by Greta Thunberg, already has the support of more than 100 social groups, both from the province of Tenerife and Las Palmas to support the World Climate Strike on September 27.