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Area of implementation: North Aegean,Greece and Cyprus
Duration: September 1, 2010 – December 31, 2012
Budget: 1.324.139,00 € (50% EC funding)
The project objective was to develop a strategic approach for CO2 offsetting and carbon neutrality for the tourist accommodation industry which provides guidelines for the reduction of tourism contribution to climate change but at the same time delivers cost savings if properly implemented, through reduced energy and water consumption, reduced gate fees for landfilling as well as through carbon credits.
In the framework of this project, the potential facilities and services of the accommodation units which are considered as CO2 equivalent emission sources are being recorded through on site investigation on two tourist accommodations in North Aegean, Greece and Cyprus (associated beneficiaries of the project). For this purpose, a robust carbon footprint model has been developed which evaluates the CO2 equivalent emissions generated from the operation and maintenance of accommodation facilities such as (i) energy consuming activities, (ii) waste management practices, (iii) water and wastewater management practices. The model has been applied firstly to the two tourist accommodations in order to be optimized and afterwards a large scale demonstration was implemented in 80 tourist accommodations in North Aegean and Cyprus.
Following, the results have been evaluated and the participating tourist accommodations have been ranked according to their carbon footprint and the contribution of each CO2 emitter activity to the overall carbon footprint for the participating tourist accommodations are estimated.
Specified CO2 offsetting targets have been set along with an effective set of options. These targets represent percentages of carbon footprint offset for each accommodation facility while the developed carbon footprint software is used for quantifying and evaluating the effectiveness of the proposed scenarios in order to assess the overall CO2 equivalent emission reduction resulting from the measures set. In order to investigate the viability of the proposed scenarios and the potentials of their implementation a techno-economic analysis also took place in which the most favourable scenarios, in terms of sustainability, will prevail. Finally, a thorough investigation has been performed to estimate the emission reduction potential resulting from the overall mitigation strategy plan for the Region of North Aegean and for Cyprus.