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Climate Law. How it affects Hotel facilities

Based on the Paris Agreement on climate (2016), which was ratified by 195 countries, including Greece through Law 4426/2016 (Official Gazette A’ 187), in order to limit global temperature rise to just 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, is deemed necessary to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.

On June 30, 2021, the European Regulation (EU) 2021/1119 was issued, which establishes the framework for achieving climate neutrality in the European Union and the measures to reach this goal (mandatory reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels.). Furthermore, it emphasizes the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on a wide scale to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.

Following the European Climate Regulation (EU 2021/1119), the National Climate Law (Law 4936/2022) was enacted. Through this law, a framework is established for the country’s adaptation to climate change and the gradual reduction of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.

Specifically, intermediate targets for greenhouse gas emission reduction are established for 2030 and 2040, with the implementation of monitoring, assessment and recalibration systems where necessary, through the carbon budgeting mechanism for key sectors of the economy. Additionally, monitoring indicators of progress and assessment procedures are applied, with the possibility of adjusting targets and taking additional measures when needed.

Hotel businesses are also obligated under Climate Law. According to Article 19 of the Climate Law, existing hotel units categorized under Class A of environmental licensing are required to reduce emissions by at least thirty percent (30%) by 2030 compared to the year 2019, with allocation to the appropriate product and project unit.

Furthermore, by January 1, 2026, hoteliers are required to modify the environmental terms (AEPO) of their hotel units by submitting a report on the calculation and reduction of emissions in relation to the year 2019. Additionally, from 2026 onwards and until October 31 of each year, they must submit a report on emissions for the previous year.

The EcoHotel Plus platform is a tool that can help with the achievement of carbon neutrality for a hotel. Through the platform, hoteliers can monitor their hotel’s carbon footprint, identify the most energy-intensive areas for reduction and proceed with offsetting actions when further reduction is not feasible. Finally, the platform allows the integration of results from the calculation of a hotel unit’s carbon footprint into the report submitted to align their hotel with the Climate Law’s demands.