Patricio Gonzalez Morel

Sustainability and resource efficiency consultant

Patricio Gonzalez Morel

Patricio Gonzalez Morel is a mechanical and environmental engineer with 22 years of experience in helping hotels become more profitable and sustainable by improving the efficiency with which they use water, energy, materials and chemicals in their facilities and operations. Having conducted detailed sustainability assessments in more than 300 hotels around the world, he knows first-hand that low-cost and high-return technical and operational upgrades can significantly reduce the operating costs and the environmental footprint of hotels. He looks forward to the day when, to the benefit of all, this proverbial low hanging fruit will become much harder to find.

Insights by Patricio Gonzalez Morel (3)

Hotel Sustainability: Top 3 Technologies to Implement in 2020

I believe solar PV systems should be a high priority, to relieve dependence on fossil fuels while reducing Opex. I'll go with waste heat recovery, IE using a heat exchanger to preheat water entering hot water tanks, by using the exhaust heat from either HVAC or diesel generators, etc.

Who makes hospitality sustainability happen: Governments, Industry, Consumers?

Findings from research that we conducted in the Netherlands suggest that guests are increasing willing to support or even push for sustainability. However, they also argue that hosts should take responsibility first.

Hoteliers are still not reaping their low hanging fruit. Why?

Most hoteliers instinctively turn to raising occupancy, boosting F&B revenues and cutting payroll as a means to increase profits, writes Patricio Gonzalez Morel. Unfortunately, since resource efficiency is not part of their training or DNA, they seldom realize that greater, quicker and more predictable gains can be achieved by finding simple ways to do more with less.