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Sustainable Energy in Tourism dominated Communities (SETCOM)

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The project aims to build up and promote 10 communities from 10 countries as pioneers for sustainable energy use in tourism business. Target groups are all stakeholders in tourism, including companies, administrations, employees and tourists themselves. Throughout the project, the target groups are informed on how to reduce energy consumption and CO2-emissions via seminars, campaigns, energy tours and other information materials. The communities are also setting up action plans to develop sustainable energy use in tourism. The outcomes and results will be disseminated Europe wide, this will raise awareness for the topic 'sustainable energy tourism'. The structure of the project and the geographical spread of the partners ensure the transferability of the results throughout Europe.


  • Reduced energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in the tourism sector in ten communities through the definition and approval of clear energy action plans
  • Increase of use of renewable energy sources in the communities
  • Collection of sustainable traffic concepts and case studies
  • Awareness-raising of tourists on their energy consumption during their holidays through energy tours

Lessons learned

  • Difficulty to engage with tourism facilities as their priority lays in getting to attract tourists. The partners are committed to inform and convince them that energy saving measures could be a way to lower their energy costs and thus improve their financial situation. Direct contacts with this target group prove to be efficient.
  • Participation of regional tourism associations in all partner countries is beneficial for the project and helps in all dissemination activities.
  • Few energy experts have experience in tourism facilities. There is a need for specialisation courses tailor-made for energy experts that wishes to enlarge their business activity towards energy saving solutions in tourism facilities.

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Industrie- und Handelskammer Potsdam
Contact point: 
Ms Olivia Liebert
+49 (0) 331 – 2786 241


In brief

01/10/2008 to 31/03/2011
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