Hotel Energy Solutions e-toolkit

Project information

Index: 0682R2
Priority:1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Sub Theme:Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Location FRANCE CENTRE-EST Haute-Savoie Rhône-Alpes Start/End date of the practice
Start: August 2011

Topic of the practice

Public authorities promoting a free environmental management tool for accommodation businesses.

Good Practice Information

The Hotel Energy Solutions (HES) e-toolkit is an innovative tool which empowers and guides (small) accommodation businesses to better understand their energy consumption and show them how to improve energy management and cut costs.
The e-toolkit was developed in English and French by UNWTO, the World Tourism Organisation, in the framework of its “Hotel Energy Solutions (HES) project” supported by the Intelligent Energy for Europe programme. The e-toolkit provides users with information on their energy use and their carbon footprint, recommended measures to reduce their carbon footprint and improve their energy efficiency. The HES e-toolkit provides a calculation of return on investment for the recommended measures.
The e-toolkit is promoted by public authorities and provides entrepreneurs a basic environmental assessment and energy carbon footprint for free. It is also a toolkit for tracing the development of environmental and climate friendliness over a chosen time period.

Evidence of success

The toolkit was tested in Lahti region (Finland) with 5 accommodation businesses and 4 out of 5 entrepreneurs would recommend it to other businesses and all of them found it useful. Entrepreneurs found it useful to receive both new and reassuring information on environmental issues and measures through the e-toolkit.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Ms. Zoritsa Urosevic

World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

Annex completed on: 11-13-2012

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