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Climate change, impacts and vulnerability in Europe 2016 – Key findings

Europe’s regions are facing rising sea levels and more extreme weather, such as more frequent and more intense heatwaves, flooding, droughts and storms due to climate change, according to a European Environment Agency report published today. The report assesses the latest trends and projections on climate change and its impacts across Europe and finds that better and more flexible adaptation strategies, policies and measures will be crucial to lessen these impacts. Europe and northern hemisphere...

reducing the consumption of lightweight plastic carrier bags – new EU law in place

As result of the negotiations between the European Parliament and the Council, the Commission proposal has been significantly improved by laying down an obligation on Members States to achieve a sustained reduction in the consumption of lightweight plastic carrier bags. Importantly, for the first time in forty years of European waste legislation, we will have binding measures at EU level to reduce waste generation. Targets or pricing In particular, the text now requires Member States...

Microplastic pollution’s effects explored for two key marine species: mussels and lugworms

Mussels exposed to high levels of microplastic pollution display signs of stress, new research has shown. However, levels of exposure were higher than found in the wild and no effect on the energy reserves of either mussels or lugworms was observed in the lab tests. The researchers caution that longer experiments may be needed to reveal microplastics’ full effects. Worldwide, plastics production has risen to staggeringly high levels: from 1.7 million tonnes a year in...

71% of Investors Seek Sustainability: Morgan Stanley

71% of Investors Seek Sustainability: Morgan Stanley Sustainable business practices and investment options are becoming increasingly important to investors, according to a survey released Friday by Morgan Stanley. Seventy-one percent of active individual investors in the study described themselves as interested in sustainable investing, and 65% expected sustainable investing to become more prevalent over the next five years. Total volume of sustainable investments — speaking in terms of environmental, social and governance practices — nearly doubled from...

Manual on Accessible Tourism for All – Public-Private Partnerships and Good Practices

The Manual on Accessible Tourism for All: Public-Private Alliances and Good Practices is the first publication of a technical nature produced by the UNWTO in collaboration with the ACS Foundation. The Manual highlights the value of accessible heritage and cultural resources and provides the necessary technical knowledge for making built and natural tourism environments accessible within the framework of public-private alliances. The extensive experience of the ACS Foundation in these areas has served to stimulate...

Sustainability is no longer an emerging trend

Sustainability is no longer an emerging trend: it has become a fact of real life. Going green may not bring an immediate boost to the bottom line, but it increasingly provides an edge with occupiers, investors, planners, employees, consumers and shareholders. Ignore sustainability at your peril – then you will lose out and lose value....

Energy Efficiency Saving energy, saving money

Overview – Energy Efficiency Saving energy, saving money By using energy more efficiently, Europeans can lower their energy bills, reduce their reliance on external suppliers of oil and gas and help protect the environment. Energy efficiency has to be increased at all stages of the energy chain from generation to final consumption. At the same time, the benefits of energy efficiency must outweigh the costs, for instance those involved in renovations. EU measures therefore focus on...

Consumers can now save up to 50 Euros per year on their energy bills thanks to new EU energy efficiency rules for cooking appliances

From 20 February 2015 European households will save more energy and money when cooking thanks to new Ecodesign measures. Applied to ovens, hobs and range hoods, these measures will bring up to 50 Euros savings on consumers’ energy bills per year. The measures cover aspects such as the energy consumption, the functional performance of the appliances and information for consumers. What changes on 20 February 2015? From 20 February 2015 onwards three new Ecodesign measures...

Study Finds Rising Levels of Plastics in Oceans – So what we can do to reduce plastic waste?

              Study Finds Rising Levels of Plastics in Oceans – So what we can do to reduce plastic waste? Some eight million metric tons of plastic waste makes its way into the world’s oceans each year, and the amount of the debris is likely to increase greatly over the next decade unless nations take strong measures to dispose of their trash responsibly, new research suggests. Worldwide, consumers use an...

Going at the ITB 2015? Lets meet.

Going at the ITB 2015? Lets meet. If you would like to schedule an appointment  and interested to learn more about our services on the field of sustainability consulting and certification for your hotel / hotel chain drop us an email. For networking we can all meet in venues. See you there. Contact us  Sotiris Milonas   About msolutions Msolutions (www.msolutions.gr) is dealing with the promotion and application of sustainability in all economic sectors ,...

Top 10 Global Trends that will Impact Hospitality in 2015

Top 10 Global Trends that will Impact Hospitality in 2015 – Cornell Center for Hospitality Research  comments on what they are seeing in terms of trends that will impact the hospitality industry in 2015. Cathy Enz, full professor in strategy and The Lewis G. Schaeneman Jr. Professor of Innovation and Dynamic Management at the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University has been doing some thinking on this topic.         Millennials the New Power...

Sun, sand and standards: A new international standard for beaches

Not just for sunseeking tourists, beaches are an important part of our ecology, and keeping them clean, safe and sustainable is as essential for people as it is for our planet. ISO’s new standard for beaches,ISO13009 Beaches. Tourism and related services — Requirements and recommendations for beach operation, provides robust internationally agreed guidelines for operators to make better decisions about managing their beaches. At present, there are no specific standards for beaches and very little guidance for...

TUI Hellas in Heraklion is the first Greek travel company to be awarded with Travelife certification in recognition of its long-term efforts and frontrunner position regarding sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility

  UTRECHT – At the Dutch tourism trade fair ‘Vakantiebeurs’, Mrs. Helena Rey, Tourism Programme Officer United Nations Environment Programme, awarded two companies with the Travelife Certificate for Tour operators & Travel agents. During the ´Changes in Tourism´ event, organized by the Dutch travel association ANVR on environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility,  the Travelife Certificate for tour operators and travel agents was awarded to Dutch tour operator All for Nature Travel, and to Greek Destination Management Company TUI Hellas...

What is a circular economy?

A circular economy preserves the value added in products for as long as possible and virtually eliminates waste. It retains the resources within the economy when a product has reached the end of its life, so that they remain in productive use and create further value. It may involve: Increasing the time products deliver their service before coming to the end of their useful life (durability); Reducing the use of materials that are hazardous or...

Promoting green behaviour: don’t mention the environment!

Every hotel has them: notices in the bathroom informing guests that they can do their bit for the environment by reusing their towels, rather than expecting clean towels every day. Usually the notice contains a standard appeal, something like: Save our planet: every day millions of litres of water are used to wash towels that have been used only once. Researchers, however, have wondered if these appeals make any real difference. Studies comparing the effectiveness of...

European Parliament adopts Directive on disclosure of non-financial and diversity information

Apr 16, 2014 The European Parliament has voted in favour of amendments to European accounting legislation in order to require certain large companies to provide additional information on social and environmental matters. These companies will have to disclose information on policies, risks and results as regards environmental matters, social and employee-related aspects, respect for human rights, anti-corruption and bribery issues, and diversity on the boards of directors. The amendments had been proposed by the European...