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Eco-certification of hotels can play important role in achieving more sustainable water management

European Environmental Agency (EEA) reports that the balance between water demand and availability has reached a critical level in many areas of Europe. Traditionally, the water management in Europe has focused on supply-side approach, providing no incentives to limit water use, leading to over-exploitation of freshwater resources.  

The EEA report Water resource across Europe – confronting water scarcity and drought highlights the need for sustainable ‘demand-led’ approach to water management which will require number of policies and practices , including water pricing, efficient use of water, awareness raising and tackling illegal water abstraction. Water pricing is the key mechanism to achieve more sustainable management of water resources and is already reflected in EU Water Framework Directives requirement that pricing of water services reflects their full costs.
Public water supply is responsible for consuming 21% of abstracted water. Achieving more sustainable use of public water supplies will strongly depend upon raising public awareness of water conservation issues. ‘Various means are available to inform domestic, business and tourist water consumers ... Eco-labelling of appliances and eco-certification, for example, of hotels can also play an important role in raising awareness, helping consumers to make informed choices about water efficiency and conservation’ says the report.
 
Inga Jirgensone
March 26, 2009

 






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