Title Training for the implementation of the European Eco-label for tourist accommodations and camp sites
Project number A/05/B/F/PP-158.203
Type of project Pilot project, project with multiplying effect (2000-2006)
www.traintoecolabel.org is a training-platform to the EU Ecolabel for tourism accommodation services available in several languages. It was co-ordinated with the EU Commission/DG environment, several european ministries of the environment and authorities, whereby the use of these organs is already recommended.
Tourism needs quality - Train to Ecolabel will help to reinforce the European Ecolabel. It helps tourist accommodations and camp sites to optimize the processes like energy, water and waste management — resulting in lower costs AND higher quality.
The European tourism need sustainability - Bringing the European Ecolabel to accommodation and campsites strongly contributes to preserving the resources tourism itself benefits from i.e. clean water and a beautiful environment.
Tourism needs consistent environmental standards allover Europe - These are ensured by the European Ecolabel which will be promoted by Train to Ecolabel.
The European tourism labour needs higher education - Seasonal unemployment rate is quite high, partly due to low education. Train to Ecolabel will help enhance the skills and job profiles of tourism workers and offer totally new chances to both employers and employees.
Europe needs awareness for the environment from the bottom - Train to Ecolabel will considerably raise the awareness for environmental issues among tourism employees and managers.
Target groups The practical guide to the implementation of the EU Ecolabel were developed by experts on basis of the EU directive for accommodation and camping services, who already accompanied a wide range of enterprises to the implementation of the EU criteria. It was written for coworkers and managers from tourism accommodation services who…
- want to read up on the EU Ecolabel
- apply for the EU Ecolabel for tourism accommodation services
- train coworkers on environmental criteria
The contents can be…
- compiled inividually and used to get information on the EU Ecolabel,
- used for trainings – we support the organization.
The project is based upon two EU directives; the direvtive for the EU Ecolabel for accommodation and the directive for camping services. Both directives are hard to understand and for many enterprises they are hardly convertible in this form. For this reason several experts did set themselves the target to transform the difficult guideline texts into a practice-suited form and to make it understandable for the tourism industry. The contents were structured as training and can be directly implemented into the practice by interested people. The specific advantage of this tool is that it was co-ordinated with the EU Commission/DG environment, several european ministries of the environment and authorities, whereby the use of these organs is already recommended.
The knowledge is constantly updated since environmental protection in the tourism industry constantly gains greater importance and new experiences are made that have to be integrated.
Train to Ecolabel is a European project involving 14 partners in ten countries with the following roles:
|G&L / Austria
|ENERGON / Austria
|IMSoft / Austria
|Responsible for software development
|ECOCAMPING e.V. / Germany
|Development of modules and training materials, testing of modules, dissemination
|ECOTRANS / Germany
|Promotion of Train to Ecolabel
|SPEED DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANTS SA / Greece
|Development of modules, translation to Greek and dissemination
|Euragro / Hungary (with Green Holidays Foundation)
|Development of modules, translation to Hungarian and dissemination
|ACTA / Italy
|Development of modules, translation in Italian and dissemination
|LLTA “Lauku celotajs” / Latvia
|Development of training materials, translation to Latvian and dissemination
|ECEAT Projects / Netherlands
|Development of self assessment module and dissemination through networks
|Instituto Nacional de Engenharia, Tecnologia e Inovação / Portugal
|Development of Modules. Responsible for establishing contacts with local networks. Translation into Portuguese.
|GesMA / Spain
|Development of modules, translation to Spain, dissemination
|Omwardbound / United Kingdom
|Development of modules, -examining English version
|Swiss Occidental Leonardo
c/o CCF SA
|Module testing and French translation
|Module testing and French translation.
|Swiss Tourism Federation
|Swiss national contact organisation.