Net Zero in Cyprus and Malta
Net Zero projects for Cyprus and Malta
The initiative aims at addressing the much needed shift towards sustainability in the HoReCa (Hotels, Restaurants, Cafes) sector. The activities are structured around three major targets (1) energy saving practices and the reduction of CO2 emissions (2) water saving practices and (3) shift towards a sustainable supply chain through sustainable procurement practices and promotion of circular economy practices. The initiative is in line with the UN’s SDGs and the EU’s GHG Directive targeting the shift of the HoReCa sector towards sustainability. The initiative supports monitoring the resource usage reduction, introducing solution-oriented sustainability practices and the offsetting of GHG emissions.
Activities for Net Zero:
1️⃣. NET Zero Energy
In the face of the predicted upcoming energy crisis, supporting businesses in reducing their energy consumption is vital for reducing their costs and contributing to reducing the climate crisis. Training and awareness raising on issues related to energy consumption and ways of reducing it will be implemented. The performance of the network members will be tracked through their practices.
2️⃣. NET Zero Water
Water demand is predicted to increase due to climate change decreasing rainfall and water reserves. The HoReCa industry consumes large amounts of water, meaning that their application of water saving practices could make a positive impact on the water crisis. Training and guides will be provided with information on how to reduce their water consumption. The water consumption of these members will be tracked through the practices they implement.
3️⃣. Sustainable Supply Chain
Research suggests that two thirds of a company’s footprint lies with its suppliers. Therefore, targeting a businesses’ procurement practices to make them more sustainable, can help significantly reduce this footprint. These sustainability practiced take into account the entire life cycle of the products being procured and try to minimise impact wherever possible.
Businesses can estimate the emissions they produce, and how this changes with the practices they implement, by using the resources in the below link:
✅ Greenhouse gas reporting: conversion factors
Responsible Businesses Network
Businesses are inducted into the network through visits by members of the NetZero team. The team asks the businesses a series of questions to gauge the current situation of the business. These are filled in using a template. A guide is available to provide inspiration to the businesses on practices they can implement to become more sustainable and move closer to the goal of net zero emissions. The guide is available here: