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  • Twentytú Hostel is the first Hostel in the world to get the BIOSPHERE RESPONSIBLE TOURISM certification.
  • The Twentytú Hostel in Barcelona is the city’s first tourist accommodation building to obtain the maximum qualification in energy efficiency and it has already become an icon for new generation luxury hostels.
  • The Twentytú Hi-tech Hostel has been awarded various prizes and acknowledgements for its efforts to apply responsible and sustainable tourism criteria.
  • It belongs to the Construction 21 platform, dependent on UNESCO and which includes some of the main sustainable buildings in Europe.
  • It is a member of Barcelona Sustainable Tourism, an association promoting sustainable tourism in Barcelona.
  • Chosen ‘Best green hostel 2014‘ by Hostelworld.
  • Chosen ‘Best green initiative 2014‘ in the Global Youth Travel Award 2014 organised by Stay Wyse.
  • Can Canela 2014 Award promoted by the Association 22@Network which, within the same District 22@, values sustainability and innovation policies, as well as business entrepreneurship, talent, and involvement in various commissions, like the ones on ‘sustainability and environment’.
  • In 2014 it received the Award for the ‘Best entrepreneurship in responsible Tourism’ awarded by the organisation known as Responsible Tourism and the magazine Descobrir Catalunya during the ceremony of the II Responsible Tourism Awards in Catalonia 2014.
  • It is the second establishment in Barcelona, after a 5-star hotel GL, to obtain the ISO 50001 certificate issued by AENOR that guarantees efficient energy management in the year 2014.
  • Finalist in the 2014 Awards ceremony held during the ‘World Tourism Day ‘workshops, which places Tourism in Catalonia in the category of ‘Responsible tourism’.
  • Member of the Association ‘Barcelona + Sustainable ‘and signatory to the citizen commitment for sustainability 2012-2022.
  • All the building facilities are managed using home automation systems and monitors from the control room or reception.
  • sustainable development goals
  • What’s the sustainable tourism?

  • Sustainability, as applied to tourism, takes full account of current and future economic, social and environmental impacts to meet the needs of visitors, industry, the environment and communities.
  • In Twentytú Hostel Barcelona we carry out 8 out of 17 objectives for sustainable development:

  • 1. No poverty:

  • Collaboration with the Social Welfare Department of the Barcelona City Council in the welcome of refugee families, political exiles and people with social problems, to whom we offer accommodation and a warm and familiar stay.
  • 2. Zero hunger:

  • Donation of the food that it hasn’t been used from our events, activities and caterings to the Church of Sant Martí del Clot.
  • 3. Good health and well-being:

  • Bike and scooter rental service to promote a healthy lifestyle for everyone, and visit Barcelona in a way that’s beneficial to our planet. In addition, we organize sports activities like yoga and running, so our guests can start the day in an active way.

  • 4. Quality education:

  • An educational and didactic initiative that consists of organizing technical visits to different companies in the 22@ district of Barcelona in the technology, engineering, architecture and design sectors that work with the environment, energy and mobility. Thus, our groups of students can know and learn how the city focuses its technology on working responsibly and reducing environmental impact.

  • Also, we carry out Twentytú Hostel visits, so that schools and universities (local and non-local) acquire knowledge about the new model of tourist accommodation and new ways of work in the environmental and social field.

  • 5. Gender equality:

  • Twentytú Hostel’s team is made up of 8 women and 7 men. Since our beginnings, we’ve had a female reception manager who is currently manager of the reservations and groups department. Therefore, we offer equal job opportunities for all.

  • 6. Clean water and sanitation:

  • Grey water recovery system, which allows to recover water from showers and baths, to clean to use in toilet cisterns. Thanks to this system, we achieve that 470,000 liters of water per year are used to contribute to periods of drought in the world.

  • 7. Affordable and clean energy:

  • Hot and cold water for acclimatization, and hot sanitary water is provided by Districlima company, which uses the energy given off by the water vapor from the incinerator in Sant Adrià, a few kilometers away from the Hostel. With this, we avoid emitting CO₂ because our system doesn’t work with gas.

  • 8. Decent work and economic growth:

  • In our staff we’ve doubled the number of workers compared to the beginning of Twentytú Hostel. Moreover, we always give job opportunities to the base staff, with the possibility of promotion.

  • 9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure:

  • Ventilated facade to optimize air conditioning and avoid overheating in the rooms. Also, we’ve an automation system that controls the temperature, and technological devices are used to control the consumption of electricity.

  • 10. Reduced inequalities:

  • Collaboration with the IReS Foundation, dedicated to the commitment to families in a situation of vulnerability. In Twentytú Hostel, we’ve given the opportunity to work with us to a young boy who belongs to a family from Senegal who is in a situation of poverty and social conflict, so that he can continue studying and opt for a better future.

  • 11. Sustainable cities and communities:

  • We’re located in the heart of Barcelona’s technology zone, in the 22@ district, called Smart City 3.0 and Smart city, as it links citizen participation with government objectives and new technologies. In Twentytú our technological system and our actions make us represent a sustainable community: recycling, efficient use of energy and resources (water and electricity), non-polluting and healthy mobility systems (bicycle and scooter), and collaboration with foundations with members suffering social exclusion.

  • 12. Responsible consumption and production:

  • use of electricity based on a presence detection system in the corridors, regulation of light intensity according to the time and capacity of guests in the dining room, light timer in the rooms, and efficient and responsible use of water with the use of timers in the showers and taps, providing the planet with between 40% and 60% of water for important needs. In addition, we’ve eliminated plastic in the breakfasts, offering the product in glass jars (like the jams) and in wooden trays.

  • 13. Climate action:

  • We contribute day by day with the environment, through the use of renewable energy (timer system in the lights and timer in taps and showers) and the reduction of CO₂ emissions (supply of hot and cold water through the Districlima system).

  • 14. Life below water:

  • Collaboration with tours Sandemans company in cleaning up the beach in Barcelona to take care of the natural habitat of marine animals.

  • 17. Partnership for the goals:

  • Collaboration with the City to City Barcelona FAD Award, which rewards the best solutions to complex urban situations. In Twentytú Hostel we received the German football team Lampedusa Hamburg FC, formed by young refugees to whom we offered free accommodation and transport, to contribute to their integration into society and sports activities, thus avoid the creation of gangs and ghettos.

    • Lighting.
      On each floor there are LED technology lighting elements. Presence detectors and timers in some areas.
    • Air conditioning.
      The hot and cold water for acclimatisation and the sanitary hot water is supplied by Districlima, the hot and cold network that supplies the whole technological districtv 22@Barcelona.
    • Grey water recovery.
      System for recovering the water from showers and bathrooms for processing it using it subsequently in the WC cisterns. All the taps are fitted with timer mechanisms.
    • Timing Systems.
      All taps have timer mechanisms, to make efficient use of water and contribute to the planet’s 40% – 60% water use in important needs.
    • Pneumatic waste collection.
      The building is fitted with a selective waste collection system that uses ducts leading to a central reception unit.


    • Surveillance system.
      There is a video camera system that can provide views from any point of the common areas in the hotel.
    • PMS/BMS.
      It includes a hotel building management system where, as soon as guests check-in, all the room facilities are activated, and as soon as they check-out, these facilities are all deactivated to optimise consumption.
    • Façade.
      The façade is ventilated, and this optimises acclimatisation. Also low solar absorption glass is used according to window orientation.
    • Smartwatts devices.
      Devices are used that allow instantly reading power and consumption levels online for all the electricity lines. This means the facilities can be managed efficiently, applying energy saving policies according to time or people frequency.
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