In 2015, a carbon-neutral indoor ski centre will open in Barcelona.

Dutch company, SnowWorld, plans to build a large indoor ski complex in the lively Spanish city. The 39,000-square-metre complex will house a ski centre and ice-skating rink.

Barcelona's SnowWorld ski centre is likely to be similar to SnowWorld Landgraff - one of the largest indoor ski resorts in the world. Its five slopes are served by eight lifts, including a six-person chairlift. It is the only indoor ski area with an official FIS slope. It also features four ski bars, tubing, a 520-metre-long slope.

The new complex in Barcelona is part of a vast redevelopment scheme for the southern part of the city. Barcelona city council has launched two big projects for the sustainable redevelopment of the Marina del Prat Vermell industrial estate and the adjoining Zona Franca. There will be a new residential neighbourhood with public amenities and parks - all connected to the city centre by the underground.

The two developments will be served by three plants generating heating and air-conditioning streams, fuelled by methanisation, solar power and plant waste from the city.

Full article: Guardian