Nearly Zero Energy Hotels for achieving low carbon growth in Europe

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This policy paper is a deliverable of the nearly Zero Energy Hotels (neZEH) project. The paper aims at addressing the tourism - energy - buildings nexus for EU policy makers, providing insights of the state of play of the accommodation industries (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises - SMEs) in relation to the building energy efficiency requirements stated in the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) and the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED).


The document identifies existing challenges and missing supporting measures for the improvement of the energy performance of hotels, based on countries in which the neZEH Consortium has carried out pilot projects in SME hotels. Furthermore, it demonstrates to EU level policy makers identified challenges and gaps, and suggests a set of possible policies and measures.



Overview of recommendations


At EU level


  • Strengthen the dialogue between EU policy makers.
  • Coordinate support mechanisms for SME hotels competitiveness.
  • Harmonise the NZEB concept so as to enable neZEH.


At national and regional levels


  • Stimulate the dialogue between tourism, energy and buildings policy makers.
  • Scale up refurbishment of SME hotels to meet nearly zero-energy buildings (nZEB) targets.
  • Secure support instruments and investment for SME hotels to meet NZEB national targets.


At EU, national and regional levels


  • Adapt policies and build capacity of SME hotels to engage in green innovation, leading to low carbon growth.



To download the document, please visit the relevant neZEH webpage.