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The project consists of the following actions:

1) Preparatory training and monitoring action:

  • 1.1) Training: preparatory action to train staff studying local area characteristics and carbon analysis;Training course
  • 1.2) Monitoring of the local area: analysis and monitoring of service characteristics in terms of location and accessibility (available means of transport) through the creation of a study on the characteristics of the local area of the Po Delta Park in the region of Emilia-Romagna and also on the area of the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park in the region of Lazio;
  • 1.3) Selection of existing tourist services in the chosen areas that can be used for the project on the basis of the various types observed.
  • 1.4) Research into good practice: documentation on supporting non-local as well as EU examples in the sector, such as catering with zero mileage adopted in restaurants, ‘green’ farm stays (awarded the Ecolabel), and streamlining tourist transport in order to build a case study of successful models to be studied and adapted to local contingencies.
  • 1.5) Methodology: processing and development of analysis and assessment procedures of CO2 emitted as a result of the creation of services (preparation of meals, provision of hospitality, means of transport) through the processing and analysis of data collected.

2) Analysis action:

  • 2.1) Assessment of actual CO2 emissions in relation to the preparation of meals according to various methods (traditional catering, zero mileage etc.) a) in catering services and b) actual CO2 emissions in relation to the provision of overnight accommodation services c) actual CO2 emissions in relation to transport of tourists to and  from their destinations.
  • 2.2) Providing input to the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study on the different service approaches by collecting data concerning the environmental impact caused by the entire life cycle of the tourist services of:
  1. meal preparation

  2. night accommodation

  3. transport of tourists from and to their destinations.It aims at giving a quantitative measure of the real environmental impact of these services during their entire life cycle, from the row material extraction to the end. The analysis was carried out on the 13 facilities that joined the project, profiling the gas emissions caused by accommodation or meal preparation or both, depending on the facility type.The analysis will give technical supporting data to the tourist operators (action 3.4), it will provide action guidelines to the public authorities involved (action 3.4) and it will highlight the strengths of the facilities and on the other hand what needs corrections.> Relazione sul bilancio globale economico ed ambientale delle emissioni di GES nelle aree progettuali (PDF 3.24 Mb)

3) Support action:

  • Environmental Efficiency of the Tourist Accomodation ServicesEmilia-Romagna RegionThe support service created for the local structures aims at helping the tourist accommodation facilities of our territory, guiding them to carry out sustainable choices through the evaluation of their real environmental impact. In so doing, it is possible to underline the actions that have to be made in order to improve the quality of the services without interfering with the balance of the environment.Here’s why, during the project, 10 enterprises of the region started an analysis to evaluate the strong points and the weak points in their environmental impact. This survey assessed the environmental impact of the catering service, the tourists’ overnights and the transportation, and finally the enterprises were given suggestions to reduce energy consumptions.A check-up was organized in these structures, in order to:1. underline the distance from the satisfaction threshold necessary to obtain the Ecolabel High Quality Brand;

    2. identify the technical interventions necessary to obtain the Ecolabel High Quality Brand for Tourism, specifying costs, manufacturing times and complexity;

    3. foresee and assess possible advantages in terms of saving on costs for the management, derived from the implementation or the installation of new technology necessary to obtain the Ecolabel High Quality Brand.

    For further information, a complete description is available in the Report of the Sustainability Analysis. (PDF 16.4 Mb).

  • 3.2) Formulation of hypothetical local plans with suggestions for local action plans (to be implemented at a later stage with other funds) to set up individual and/or group mobility systems for goods and people (zero distance organisations; collective purchase groups on the part of tradespeople; use of hydro-methane, river mobility and bike-sharing etc.)
  • 3.3) Creation of experimental schemes to promote tourist awareness and use of more responsible services (such as bonuses for tourists who choose such services or who travel using low CO2 emission transport systems) “A menu…that leaves no footprint”; Teaching in schools through the creation of a competition entitled “Design a sustainable holiday – a small footprint for…a great holiday”> Competition “Design a sustainable holiday – a small footprint for…a great holiday” (Word 22 Kb)
  • 3.3.4) Realization of the competition “Design a sustainable holiday – a small footprint for…a great holiday”, suited for the primary schools of the area of the Po Delta. The competition provides for the installation of a lab in each school where the children will self-create the project of an environmental-friendly holiday, with a written part and drawings. The prize for the winning class, consisting of a free daily tour in the Park of the Po Delta, was given during the final event that took place on 25th May 2012. In the afternoon, during the second part of the event, a group of local tour operators took part in a workshop where they exchanged views on the good practices already in use and/or to be adopted in their structures to achieve a better environmental efficiency.> Rapporto sull’azione ”Una piccola impronta…per una grande vacanza” (PDF 2.15 Mb)
  • 3.4) Creation of guidelines for service providers (in order for such providers to respond adequately to the most appropriate standards) and for local authorities (in order to create the necessary assistance and to improve procedures).It is now possible to download from the link below the pocket version of the guidelines dedicated to the tourist facility managers, agritourisms and local authorities concerning the useful methodologies to lower CO2 consumption and wastage in the production of goods and services in comply with the Ecolabel criteria.> Extract from the full guidelines text: RER
    > Extract from the full guidelines text: ARSIAL

    Ecorutour Guidelines
    Here is the full text of the guidelines drafted in the field of the project for both tourism services suppliers and local authorities. These guidelines are useful to define the good practices to follow in order to reduce as much as possible the environmental impact. Facilities can easily follow these simple rules, in order to reduce gradually and efficiently CO2 emissions and increase sustainability.
    > ERT Guidelines
    > ARSIAL Guidelines

4) Disseminating action:

Website, local meetings, international closing conference, public events targeted to nature protected areas authorities, tourist service suppliers and operators  and environmental associations.

N.1 – Informational brochure (PDF 1,85 Mb)
It describe project’s actions, objectives and results.

N.2 – Poster (PDF 1,79 Mb)
Useful for the dissemination of the project during promotional events and initiatives.

N.3 – Display Unit (PDF 0,24 Mb)
Placed in the visit centre points of the “Delta del Po Park for informational brochure distribution.

N.4 – Roll Up (PDF 2,36 Mb)
Useful for project’s promotion and diffusion during all possible initiatives.

N.5 – The brochure “A great holiday with a small footprint” (PDF 0,65 Mb)
Useful to rise awareness in primary school students, containing information about the project and the environmental issues during related thematic initiative.

N.6 – Noticeboards (PDF 0.12 Mb)
Identifying noticeboards of the friendly environmental accommodations mock-up placed in the project’s area of the Delta del Po Park.

N.7 – DVD / A Great holiday… with a small footprint (Video)
Useful educational contents for the primary school institutions.

N.8 – The brochure “notes for good practices” (PDF 2.30 Mb)
Extracted from the complete text for the work done dissemination, useful to make aware and educate the tourist services suppliers and the local authority.

ARSIAL / Summary Guidelines for operators (PDF 2.30 Mb)

N.9 – Cheap leaftel “How is our footprint-free menu born” (PDF 0.95 Mb)
Simplified explanation of the technical work carried out, addressed to the menu consumers.

N.10-11 – Gadget (realized in occasion of the contest and the final conference) (PDF 0.45 Mb)
Aimed to increase the awareness and the knowledge on the environmental respect, stationery material for didactic laboratories (bags, notebooks..).

N.12 – Final brochure “My environmental low impact holiday” (PDF 0.95 Mb)
Brochure of the project process development of each partner and the main achieved results, to be use in occasion of the final conference and in all phases.

N.13 – Leaflet containing sustainable paths (PDF 0.70 Mb)
Suggestions for the eco-tourist (environmental friendly tourist) and sustainable paths.

N.14 – Leyman’s Report (PDF 6.50 Mb)

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