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Aruba strives for sustainable prosperity; nurturing the quality of life of our people, our environment and our economy.
The pursuit of happiness and wellbeing is the cornerstone of Aruba’s approach. Ultimately, we hope to be the model for a low-carbon, sustainable and prosperous economy that can be replicated in other island nations. As this vision comes to fruition, Aruba is on track to being both the happiest and most sustainable island nation in the world!
Praised for our unparallelled sustainability efforts, Aruba was named the National Geographic World Legacy Award Winner for “Destination Leadership” in 2015 at the ITB Berlin, the world’s largest tourism convention. The government of Aruba is vigorously promoting the use of renewable energies, most notably solar and wind energy. With more than 5,000 wind and 2,500 solar hours annually, Aruba has tremendous potential for sustainable energy generation.
Aruba and The Carbon War Room announced an official partnership and launched the Smart Island Strategy for Aruba in 2012. Together, the partners made the commitment to transition Aruba to 100 percent renewable energy by 2020. If successful, Aruba will be the first country in the world to accomplish this. Aruba’s partnership with the Carbon War Room is also focussed on constructing smart communities, increasing housing choices and neighbourhood quality, strengthening social cohesion, reducing traffic congestion and improving mobility, reducing obesity and improving public health, improving water conservation and diversifying and expanding the island’s economy.
Today, we receive nearly 40 percent of our energy from clean power. The Vader Piet wind farm generates 20 percent of the island’s electricity needs and the new wind park in Urirama could generate another 26MW. We have completed our largest solar park at the Reina Beatrix International Airport, providing a total of 2,238.3KW.
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The journey to becoming an eco-friendly destination is never-ending. Even with the many green-friendly endeavours that the Aruban community and tourism industry are making, sustainability is about constantly adapting and finding new ways to take care of our environment. New ways of generating green energy, but also reducing waste and creating legislation to protect the beautiful island of Aruba and the rest of the world.