Tourist accommodation in the Balearics must cater for circularity

The Balearic Islands have adopted a new law on urgent measures to promote the sustainability and circularity of tourism, introducing a strategy for circularity. The strategy, which sets out a vision for 2030, puts forward measures to boost the sustainability and circularity of the tourism industry on the islands. It also aims to decrease annual tourist flows and enhance the quality of the sector. 

The strategy requires every tourist accommodation service, including hotels, apartments and rural agro-tourism, to adopt and implement a circular economy action plan. Four-star or four-key accommodation services and above should have prepared their action plans by May 2023; other categories have until January 2024. 

The circularity action plans must identify the steps to be taken to achieve circular objectives and targets. The plans will need to be officially certified, and will be evaluated each year. 

Accommodation with an EU Ecolabel is exempt from this obligation and can advertise its circularity and environmental credentials without undergoing additional audits.