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UNWTO initiates Hotel Energy Solutions (HES) in partnership with leading tourism and energy agencies

Summary

To help encourage the European hotel sector to access and utilise energy efficiency and renewable energies, UNWTO has developed a specific initiative in partnership with a number of leading international tourism and energy agencies, co-funded by the European Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation. Hotel Energy Solutions* will deliver practical tools and training to assist the accommodation sector, focusing on Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), to prioritise suitable energy efficiency and renewable energy investments. This project has been built in response to a set of priority actions for mitigation and investment in technologies from the UNWTO Davos Process*.

Hotel Energy Solutions will create an interactive forum in which the accommodation and energy technology providers sectors can meet, exchange and collaborate. It will demonstrate that, as well as reducing CO2 emissions, adopting up-to-date energy technologies can help considerably to boost the accommodation sector’s competitiveness and sustainability.

“This initiative is open to all destinations and accommodation proprietors based within the European Union, and I encourage you all to become involved as it will help you reassess how to cut operational costs, increase profit margins and reduce carbon emissions. I would also like personally to invite you to participate in the first Annual Hotel Energy Solutions Conference and exhibition to be held in January 2010 at FITUR, Madrid, Spain,” – UNWTO Secretary-General (WTM 2009, London)