Italy
Adaptation - Resilience
Education - Awareness-raising
Multi-level governance

Cinzia Dr. De Marzo

Since 2021 (COP26) Mirabilia is implementing the Climate action in tourism as signatories of the Glasgow Declaration to measure the climate impact at the level of tourism SMEs. It also operates in France, Croatia and Bulgaria.

An initiative of Mirabilia network of chambers of commerce to promote UNESCO sites

Overview of the project

The Glasgow Declaration COORDINATED CLIMATE PLAN DEMONSTRATION PROJECT has been measuring the carbon footprint of the Travel and Tourism SMEs in a multi-level demonstration exercise. Its aim has been to:

  • Select and apply Green House Gas (GHG) assessment tools to SMEs in the tourism sector
  • Assess and analyse the process and results
  • Identify good practices and success factors for follow up projects
  • The identification and choice of well-suited assessment systems for GHG emissions proved more difficult that initially anticipated as the actual use and features of the tools were not always readily accessible or appropriate for the sector.
  • The results provide a perspective on the ongoing work of applying a carbon management tool to tourism SMEs to measure their energy use and consequent carbon footprint. The demonstration project collected data from three countries (Italy, France, Bulgaria and Croatia) was collected and provided the establishment of a format for the project results
Objective

Developing sustainable business models to boost climate mitigation actions with a systemic approach, addressing tourist SMEs at national and at trasnational level.

Level of progress

Ongoing research

Project timeline

2021-2023

Quantitative results

During demonstration phase it was only possible to outline a partial vision of the data collection process and evaluate the potential of the tool to carry out the work.
The experimental model at this stage shown in the tables requires a more comprehensive dataset, to provide a clear picture of measuring the carbon reduction performance of SMEs.

Qualitative results
  • Use sustainability certification certificates, labels and programmes to develop the uptake of carbon reduction measures in tourism SMEs
  • Sustainability labels, certificates and awards should include carbon measurement and reduction measures as a mandatory part of their standard. The GSTC should promote this to all certificates.
  • The EU Tourism Transition Pathway Article 8 that relates to sustainability certification should be given a central role by national, regional and local destination administrators and businesses for the creation sustainable supply chains for tourism SMEs identified by 3rd party certification points for both businesses and their destinations.
  • To implement the Glasgow Declaration follow up steps, tourism sustainability certification partnerships and cluster
Financing

It was self financed by the network Mirabilia but to be spread more and enlarged, hte project will need more financial support

About the
organisation

Mirabilia network of chambers of commerce to promote UNESCO sites

CINZIA DE Marzo
EU senior advisor Mirabilia network
cinziademarzo11@gmail.com
+32489648402

The health of the Planet at the core business of the Italian network of 19 chambers of commerce (national dimension) to promotesintelligent tourism, which favors culture and sustainability, and which is able to satisfy the needs of both those traveling and the host communities, with which to integrate to become “temporary citizens”.
Since 2021 (COP26) Mirabilia is implementing the Climate action in tourism as signatories of the Glasgow Declaration to measure the climate impact at the level of tourism SMEs. also in France, Croatia and Bulgaria.
In 2023 the networks draftd the Cison di Valmarino Charter, calling for a concrete commitment from its partners to respect the principles of sustainability expressed from three points of view: environmental – economic and socio -cultural.

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Other partners / supporters

Ecotrans network- Germany
Chambers of commerce from France, Croatia and Bulgaria