Sustainability in Aruba

Aruba strives for sustainable prosperity; nurturing the quality of life of our people, our environment and our economy.

Sustainability

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.

Sustainable Hotels

Many of our hoteliers are focusing on sustainability and adopting energy efficiency measures across their properties:

  • Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort 
    This resort is leading the charge with dozens of certifications and awards for their practice, including the EarthCheck seal, LEED and Green Globe platinum certifications.
  • Manchebo Beach Resort and Spa
    Manchebo Beach Resort and Spa is also Green Globe certified with an EarthCheck platinum seal.
  • Other Sustainable Hotels 
    Of the 85 hotels in the Caribbean awarded with the EarthCheck seal, ten percent are located in Aruba, including: The Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino, La Cabana Beach Resort & Casino, Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort, Divi Aruba All Inclusive Resorts including Golf Course, The Hyatt Regency Aruba, Aruba Marriott Resorts, and MVC Eagle Beach Resort.

Additionally, several of our partners are aspiring to be EarthCheck certified such as:

De Palm Tours, Paradise Beach Villas, and The Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort and Casino.

Turtle Nesting Season

Volunteers from Turtugaruba devote many hours watching over, protecting the nests and educating us during the season.…


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.

Featured Activities

Adventure

Arikok National Park

Families

Bubali Bird Sanctuary

Families

Archaeological Museum

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