After three year of intensive work, the partner organisation of neZEH Project finally launched the e-toolkit: a practical tool for hotel owners to help them benchmark their energy consumption comparing to the neZEH levels and to suggest appropriate measures for energy efficiency improvement and renewable energy integration in order to turn their hotels into nearly Zero Energy Hotels.
The lauch of the toolkit has been announced by a press release of the UN's World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and is based on the UNWTO Hotel Energy Solutions toolkit (also co-funded by the Intelligent Energy Programme), which -since 2011- has engaged 20,000 users worldwide and 1,500 hotels in Europe in better understanding how to become energy efficient and more competitive.
How it works?
The easy-to-use e-toolkit requires answers to a short questionnaire and consequently provides hoteliers with a report assessing their current energy profile, indicating how close the hotel is to from achieving the nearly zero energy levels and providing an indicative set of appropriate renewable energy and energy efficiency measures.
What is neZEH?
The neZEH project is co-funded by the European Commission in the framework of the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme. It aims to accelerate the rate of large-scale renovations of hotels into nearly-Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB) by providing technical advice to hoteliers and demonstrating flagship nZEB projects in the European hospitality sector.
The neZEH partnership includes ten partners across seven European countries: the Technical University of Crete-Renewable and Sustainable Energy Systems Lab (Greece), the coordinating partner for the project, along with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Network of European Region for a Sustainable and Competitive Tourism (NECSTouR), Sustainable Innovation (Sweden), Creara Consultores S.L. (Spain), the Energy Institute Hrvoje Požar (Croatia), the Istituto Superiore sui Sistemi Territoriali per l’Innovazione (Italy), the Agency of Braşov for Energy Management and Environment Protection (Romania), the Federation of European Heating and Air-conditioning Associations (Netherlands), and ENERGIES 2050 (France).
Sixteen hotels across seven European countries (Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Romania, Spain and Sweden) participated in the project as pilot European neZEH Hotels. These are to become inspiring examples to the European hotel industry of how to implement best practices to achieve nearly zero energy level performance.
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