FITUR Green 2016, IFEMA, Madrid (Spain) – January 20th, 2016
The second neZEH International Conference “Nearly Zero Energy Hotels, the Potential for Change”-neZEH 2016- paved the way towards nearly Zero Energy in the accommodation sector, offering a forum to hotels to discuss about the challenges they face in this transition and explore contemporary business and economic growth solutions, learning from the leading examples of the neZEH frontrunner pilot hotels.
This international conference, co-funded by the European Commission in the frame of the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme, took place successfully, as part of the FITUR Green 2016 one of the thematic areas showcased during the FITUR 2016 International Tourism Trade Fair in Madrid.
Around two thirds of global carbon emissions come from energy use. The tourism sector , as a provider of services, is an important energy consumer and over over 20% of its carbon emissions come from accommodation. There are huge opportunities and potential for the hotel industry to change and reduce its energy consumption and thus important benefits for hotel businesses in Energy (reducing their operational and maintenance costs, increasing independence from energy suppliers, improving their energy efficiency and taking advantage of funding opportunities), Branding (gaining visibility in the sustainability market segment, increasing their competitive advantage) and Added Value (reducing their carbon footprint, meeting corporate and social responsibility targets, increasing living comfort and innovating in guests’ experience).
The conference introduced the main challenges faced by hotels in the transition to nearly Zero Energy and explored contemporary business and economic growth solutions. In the context of the European neZEH initiative, sixteen pilot hotels across seven European countries (Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Romania, Spain and Sweden) follow a renovation plan to become nearly Zero Energy Hotels and stand out as examples of good practice in Europe. Their leading example paved the way towards these objectives.
The neZEH 2016 conference offered the participants opportunities to: