Support Tourism And Reduction Strategy (+20) : STA.. (LIFE STARS (+20))
Support Tourism And Reduction Strategy (+20) : STARS (+20)
(LIFE STARS (+20))
Start date: Oct 1, 2013,
End date: Sep 30, 2017
Based on Eurostat and World Trade Organisation (WTO) statistics, the tourism sector in the EU accounts for 9.7 million jobs (12% of the EU workforce) and more than 10% of the EUâs total GPD. It supports around 1.8 million enterprises, most of which are SMEs and micro-enterprises.
The EU is the worldâs no.1 tourist destination, with more than 500 million international tourist arrivals every year (40% of the global figure). Moreover, sustained growth of over 5% per year is forecast by the WTO for the rest of the decade.
However, the tourism sector generates about 5% of the EUâs total CO2 emissions. Transport, accommodation and tourism activities are the largest contributing factors. Unplanned and unlimited development of tourism has a harmful impact on the environment.
The project aims to reduce the impact of the tourism sector on climate change. It aims to develop an innovative approach, which will act as a model for the rural tourism sector in Europe and support the European strategy for combating climate change. Specific objectives are to:
Implement a model based on the example of the âWay of St Jamesâ (Camino de Santiago), a âPan-European tourist resourceâ with a high transfer potential at international level;
Demonstrate the potential for reducing GHG emissions by more than 20% in SMEs active in the European tourism sector by means of a pilot action carried out in five lodging houses located in five Spanish regions;
Validate the model through the results obtained in the pilot actions and carry out an additional verification of transferability to another EU country (Austria);
Establish a permanent network and secure commitments to carry out concrete measures to combat climate change using the example of the Way of St James.
A 20% reduction in energy consumption and GHG emissions in each of the five pilot areas;
A reduction in CO2 emissions of around 5000 tonnes and in water consumption of 10 000 m3, as a result of measures aimed to encourage walkers (or pilgrims) to limit their consumption of water to 1 m3 and production of CO2 to 0.5 tonnes (10 000 commitments would result in savings of 5000 tonnes of CO2 emissions and 10 000 m3 of water);
Participation of more than 10 000 pilgrims from more than 10 EU countries in the pilot actions;
Five âinfo-pointsâ in five Spanish regions that inform visitors about the project objectives and actions;
A platform comprising more than 100 tourism-related entities and SMEs committed to reducing their GHG emissions by 20% by 2020. Such commitments will be reinforced by the introduction of an Eco-label (Regulation EC66/2010).
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