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UN targets heating and cooling at hotels

The World Tourism Organisation is looking to promote energy efficient heating and cooling as part of a £1million project to slash carbon emissions from hotels.

The United Nations body – known as UNWTO) wants to see energy use cut by 20 per cent and the contribution of renewables increased by 10 per cent.

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are a particular target of the project, which is also backed by the European Union.

Assistant Secretary-General Professor Geoffrey Lipman said:”In our Davos Declaration Process on Climate Change we established a way forward for the tourism sector to become climate neutral in the front ranks of the global community.

“We have to start now and this project is exactly the kind of collaborative public private initiative we shall be seeking around the world.”

UNWTO is working on the project with the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP), the International Hotel and Restaurant Association (IHRA), the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) and the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC).

The project will create a toolkit to assist investment decisions; improve access to new technologies; and build support networks to promote more efficient heating, cooling, lighting, washing and drying systems.

Successful schemes will be highlighted on www.ClimateSolutions.travel