Title: Revision of European Ecolabel Criteria for Tourist Accommodation and Campsite services. Preliminary report
Authors: VIDAL ABARCA GARRIDO CANDELARODRIGUEZ QUINTERO ROCIOWOLF OliverBOJCZUK KatherineCASTELLA Tecla
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2014
JRC N°: JRC103174
ISBN: 978-92-79-62231-1
Other Identifiers: OP LF-06-16-059-EN-N
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC103174
DOI: 10.2791/327949
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: The EU Ecolabel criteria form key voluntary policy instruments within the European Commission’s Sustainable Consumption and Production and Sustainable Industrial Policy (SCP/SIP) Action Plan and the Roadmap for a Resource-Efficient Europe. The Roadmap seeks to move the economy of Europe onto a more resource efficient path by 2020 in order to become more competitive and to create growth and employment. The EU Ecolabel promotes the production and consumption of products with a reduced environmental impact along the life cycle and is awarded only to the best (environmental) performing products in the market. The objective of this project is to revise the two existing EU Ecolabel criteria relating to tourism services: tourist accommodation services and camp site services. These criteria will be merged, to form one set of criteria for tourist accommodation. Since the last revision of the criteria (2009/578/EC & 2009/564/EC: Commission Decisions of 9 July 2009), a number of important changes have taken place in this area, including policy changes, changes in the market and changes in the perception of tourism’s environmental impacts. This report outlines the factors which may lead to a change in criteria, through updates, revisions or the addition of new criteria. This preliminary report is intended to provide the background information for the revision of the EU Ecolabel criteria for tourist accommodation and campsite services. The study has been carried out by the Joint Research Centre's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (JRC-IPTS) with technical support from Oakdene Hollins. The work is being developed for the European Commission's Directorate General for the Environment. An important part of the process for developing or revising Ecolabel criteria is the involvement of stakeholders through publication of and consultation on draft technical reports and criteria proposals and through stakeholder involvement in working group meetings. This document provides the background information required for the working groups meeting, scheduled to take place in October 2014. This preliminary report addresses the requirements of the Ecolabel Regulations No 66/2010 for technical evidence to inform criteria revision. It consists of: an analysis of the scope, definitions and description of the legal framework (Task 1); a market analysis (Task 2); and an overview of existing technical lifecycle assessment studies, revealing the significant environmental impacts of tourist accommodation (Task 3) and the improvement potential (Task 4).
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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