After Building Europe’s Largest Solar Canopy Plant, Disneyland Paris Announces New Thermo-Refrigerating Pump to Further Reduce Carbon Emissions

Marne-la-Vallée, on April 22, 2024 – Disneyland Paris continues to take meaningful and measurable action to support a healthier planet for people and wildlife, focusing on emissions, water, waste, materials and sustainable construction. Several large-scale projects have been brought to life over the past few years to help the resort reach its environmental goals. As Disneyland Paris celebrates the largest solar array in Europe, the resort announced that a thermo-refrigerating pump will be installed in the coming months, allowing the resort to significantly reduce its carbon footprint.    

Earth Day: Disneyland Paris Shines a Spotlight on Europe’s Largest Solar Canopy Plant   

In 2020, Disneyland Paris embarked on a three-year construction journey to bring to life a solar canopy plant in its guest parking lot through a collaboration and co-investment with French company Urbasolar Group. Fully operational since December 2023, the plant now produces 36 GWh/year – which is equivalent to the energy consumption of a town of 17,400 people – in addition to reducing the Val d’Europe territory’s greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 890 tons of CO2 per year. The plant is made up of more than 80,000 panels that cover 11,200 parking spots across 20 hectares, providing shade and shelter from direct sunlight, rain, or snow for any types of vehicles (cars, RVs, tourist buses.)   


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Thermo-refrigerating pump Allowing Disneyland Paris to Reduce its Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Scope 1 and 2) by 9%*   

To help The Walt Disney Company reach its 2030 environmental goals, the resort has adopted a holistic strategy that focuses on four principal priorities: implementing energy-saving measures, upgrading existing equipment to optimize energy performance, electrifying fossil fuel-powered processes and implementing large-scale projects that pave the way for the use of renewable energy, such as the recent construction of a solar canopy plant in the guest parking lot. Among the other significant actions taken by Disneyland Paris to protect the planet, the resort also leverages geothermal energy, which provides up to 18% of Disneyland Park, Walt Disney Studios Park and Disneyland Hotel’s heating needs.   

And to further enhance energy efficiency, Disneyland Paris announced that the resort will soon be equipped with aThermo-refrigerating pump, which has the power to provide simultaneous heating and cooling. Once the pump is fully installed, it will contribute to reducing the resort’s natural gas consumption by 14% and its heating needs – which are currently provided through the combined use of geothermal energy and natural gas – by 10%. This cutting-edge machine will also make it possible to reduce the consumption of recycled water provided by the resort’s wastewater treatment plant by approximately 30,000 cubic meters. This saved water will be used to take care of green spaces and clean pathways.    

*Compared to 2019  

Recent Environmental Sustainability Efforts Continue a Long Legacy at The Walt Disney Company 

Our commitment to protecting the planet and environmental sustainability goes back to our company’s founding over a hundred years ago. As Walt Disney himself said, “Conservation isn’t just the business of a few people; it’s a matter that concerns all of us.” 

As Europe’s number one tourist destination, Disneyland Paris is fully aware of its responsibility to help protect the environment. Every day, the resort works to find innovative solutions to reduce its environmental footprint, which complement the projects implemented on a global scale by The Walt Disney Company.   

Find out more about all the actions taken by Disneyland Paris here

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