The project is completed. It focussed on promoting GHG reduction among hoteliers in Cyprus, Greece, and Germany by providing them with the necessary knowledge, tools, support, and capacity building.


The project aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions generated by the hotel industry. The focus is on Cyprus and Greece. This goal was to be achieved through capacity building, the transfer of competencies and the raising of awareness of potentials and suitable measures for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, knowledge exchange and networking between the hotel industry and the financial sector were promoted.

View over hotel and sea

Hotels in Cyprus and Greece are supposed to reduce their emissions. Photo: OEB

During the 23-month project period, seven measures have been implemented to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the long term. First, the project promoted sustainable tourism. Second, the project opened up opportunities for collaboration between the hotel industry and the financial sector. Third, structured interviews were used to analyze the characteristics of the hotel industry in Cyprus and Greece, and the results were summarized in a report. Fourth, the project selected and disseminated 40 best practice examples from Cyprus, Greece and Germany. Fifth, best practice workshops, capacity building, networking events, and study tours were conducted in all three countries to raise awareness of the need and potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Sixth, the project provided access to knowledge products, best practices, and a web-based mitigation potential identification and assessment tool through an information portal on the Internet. Finally, the project fostered dialogue among key stakeholders, leading to a shared understanding that greenhouse gas mitigation is an important part of an environmentally friendly and sustainable tourism industry.

Hotel in sunset

The objectives of the project are to be achieved through capacity-building measures, the transfer of skills and raising awareness of the potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Photo: OEB


Tourism represents one of the most important economic sectors for both Greece and Cyprus. This leads to higher energy demand and thus growing GHG emissions by the hotel industry. Although many accommodation providers have turned their attention towards GHG emission reduction, tourism accommodations, especially small and medium, remain with high potential for GHG emissions reduction. One important barrier is the lack of capacity in the hotel sector. Thus, the project aimed at supporting these with relevant knowledge products.

By reducing GHG emissions caused by the hotel industry, the project contributed to the Cypriot and Greek national climate objectives to reduce GHG emissions in the non-ETS sectors by 24 and 16 per cent, respectively.

State of Results

  • Extensive assessment of hotel market was conducted for Cyprus and Greece.
  • Report on 20 suitable low, medium and high-cost measures for GHG reduction considering the characteristics of hotel industry in Cyprus and Greece was published.
  • A report on financing options for GHG reduction was developed by all partners and uploaded on project’s and partner websites.
  • A report on potential green restart measures of the hotel industry after COVID-19 lockdown exit was published and the key findings were presented in a webinar with the Deputy Minister of Tourism.
  • The training material on GHG savings potential and reduction measures in the hotel industry was finalized and publishedon project’s website.
  • Capacity building measures (webinars, workshops, study visits) have been implemented for a total 341 relevant stakeholders in Cyprus, Greece and Germany who have significantly increased their capacity regarding the GHG potential reduction measures in the hotel industry.
  • The Virtual Platform of best practices and the project’s website were developed and are available online in both English and Greek.
  • A final event with the title “Energy transition of the Hotel sector” was organised at the end of September 2021 as part of the EU Sustainable Energy Week.

Project information

Updated: February 2023

Countries: Cyprus, Greece

Project duration: 10/19 - 09/21

Funding: 339,830 €

Target groups: Business Associations, Companies, Governments, Investors, Private sector, Small and medium enterprises (SME)

Implementing organisation:
Cyprus Federation of Employers & Industrialists (OEB), Institute of Greek Tourism Confederation (INSETE)

Partners: adelphi research gGmbH

Project Webseite: oeb.org.cy/en/drasis/h...

Contact Person

Ms Anthi Charalambous

Organisation: Cyprus Federation of Employers & Industrialists (OEB)


2 Acropoleos Ave., & Glafkou
2000 Nicosia
Email: acharalambousoeb.org.cy


The European Climate Initiative (EUKI):

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10117 Berlin – Deutschland
Tel.: +49 (0)30 338424 570

The European Climate Initiative (EUKI):

This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

For more information on the EUKI: www.euki.de