The partnership of SUPMed project has successfully provided recommendations on how to ban/reduce Single Use Plastics through bespoke Action Plans to the pilot sample of tourist establishments in Cyprus, Malta and Greece

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The partnership of SUPMed project has successfully provided recommendations on how to ban/reduce Single Use Plastics through bespoke Action Plans to the pilot sample of tourist establishments in Cyprus, Malta and Greece

 

During the fall and winter of 2022, the partnership of the project titled “Reducing the Consumption and Disposal of Single-use Plastics in the Tourism Industry in Cyprus, Greece and Malta”, also known as “SUPMed” worked closely with the pilot sample of tourist establishments to develop bespoke action plans with recommendations on how the reduce and/or ban Single Use Plastics (SUPs).

From October to November 2021, the ten tourist establishments from Cyprus, Greece and Malta, part of the pilot sample of the project, worked closely with the partners of the project to enter real life data on SUPs being consumed on the bespoke, free web-based decision-support tool (DST) that has also been developed as part of this project. The DST presents viable and available alternatives to the most commonly used SUPs, taking into consideration cost analysis and environmental impacts of each alternative across its life-cycle. For successfully implementing the pilot period, the pilot sample has been trained by the partners on how to use the DST. In addition, during December 2021, the pilot sample had the chance to propose alternations and improvements for the DST, to ensure that the bespoke tool will ultimately assist tourist establishments to reduce and ban SUPs based on the provisions of EU Directive 2019/904 on plastics and national legislation.

Since the finalisation of the pilot period, the partners used the data available through the DST for each pilot to develop bespoke action plans. The bespoke action plans were developed aiming to present potential scenarios on how each tourist establishment can effectively replace and/or reduce SUPs and then, based on the suggested scenarios and recommend solutions based on what is feasible to be done, taking into considerations all relevant parameters, including costs and environmental impacts. Each bespoke action plan was then presented to each tourist establishment in May 2022 during on-site and online trainings. The trainings were delivered by the partners in charge: Aspon Consulting (CY), Anelixis Development Consultants S.A. (GR) and AIS Environment (MT). During the trainings, the partners and the tourist establishments agreed on the recommended actions that will be applied during the summer period of 2022.

About the project:

The SUPMed project runs until June 2023 with a total budget of €1,279,405.00. The six project partners participating in the project are Aspon Consulting Ltd as the Lead Partner (CY), Heraklion Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GR), Anelixis Development Consultants S.A. (GR), Cellock Ltd (CY), AIS Environment (MT) and the Cyprus Hotel Association (CY). 

The project consortium aims to reduce the consumption, disposal and impacts of SUP in the tourism sector in these three regions, in line with EU Directive 2019/904 on the reduction of the impacts of plastic products. Through this project, the partners will support samples of coastal tourist establishments in Cyprus, Malta and Greece (Crete) via pilots to move to sustainable resource-efficient business models. The establishments will identify and replace commonly-used SUP with environmentally friendlier, readily available and affordable alternatives. The pilot samples will be supported in phasing out and replacing SUP via a bespoke free web-based decision-support tool (DST) that will be developed. The DST will present viable and available alternatives to the most commonly used SUP, taking into consideration the cost and environmental impacts of each alternative across its life-cycle.

Following the completion of the pilot in each of the three regions, best practice guides will be developed that will present the findings of the pilots, the impacts of plastic waste on human health and the environment, how to reduce SUP in the tourism and other sectors and what envirionmentally friendlier and affordable alternatives are available. These guides will be disseminated to SMEs, NGOs, tourist establishments and other relevant stakeholders in the three regions and across Europe, as an additional support tool in replacing SUPs.

The 10 tourist establishments of the pilot sample of the project per country are:  

  1. Cyprus:
  • GrandResort
  • Atlantica Mare Village Ayia Napa
  • Radisson Blue Hotel
  • The Royal Apollonia
  1. Greece – Crete:
  • Elounda Palm Hotel & Suites
  • Infinity Blue Boutique Hotel & Spa
  • Paralos Lifestyle Beach
  1. Malta:
  • Hilton Malta
  • 1926 Hotel & Spa
  • Mellieha Holiday Centre

 

The 1st conference event of the project in Malta will be held on July 7, 2022 at Salini Resort, Salina Bay, St Paul’s Bay, and online via Zoom. For more information and registration please fill in the Online Registration Form or contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The project “Reducing the Consumption and Disposal of Single-use Plastics in the Tourism Industry in Cyprus, Greece and Malta” is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation.

 

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The SUPMed project is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation

 

 


Invitation to the 1st (major) conference event of the project in Malta that will be held on July 7, 2022

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Join us on Thursday 7th July 2022 for the 1st Major Conference Event

of the project

“Reducing the Consumption and Disposal of Single-use Plastics (SUP) in the Tourism Industry in Cyprus, Greece and Malta – 2018-1-0572” – SUPMed in Malta

Time: 09:30am (registration opens at 09:00am)–12:30pm (CET)

Location: Salini Resort, Salina Bay, St Paul’s Bay or via Zoom

Organiser: AIS Environment Ltd.                                                                  


Did you know?

An online decision-support tool (DST) has been developed and successfully tested by pilot samples in the three regions for assisting tourist establishments to switch from Single-Used Plastics to environmentally friendlier and cost-effective market alternatives. All tourist establishments can benefit from using the tool and simultaneously complying with the EU Directive 2019/904.
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During this major conference, the following topics will be discussed:

  1. Information about the project and its implementation progress
  2. The contribution of EEA and Norway Grants to the project
  3. The Single Use Plastic Directive and local legislation
  4. The development of the DST and what can be achieved
  5. Preliminary results from pilot tourist establishments in Malta, Cyprus and Greece participating in the project
  6. Bespoke action plans and recommendations for tourism establishments
  7. Networking (Q&A Session)

 

The event is free of charge. For more information and registration please fill in the Microsoft form or contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Registration shall close on Friday 1st July. Food and drinks will be provided to all participants at the conference venue. Due to limited seating capacity, attendance at the venue shall be on a first come first serve basis. The rest of the participants will be given a Microsoft Teams link to join the session online. The online link will be provided to such participants following registration.

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2nd Press Event for SUPMed project». Implemented face to face and online  by Heraklion Chamber

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On Tuesday 17th May 2022, the 2nd Press Event of the project "Reducing the consumption and distribution of single-use plastics in the tourism industry in Cyprus, Greece and Malta", also known as "SUPMed", was help onsite and online, organised by Heraklion Chamber.   

During the event, participants had the opportunity to be informed about the problems encountered in the environment and in particular the tourism industry by the use of single-use plastics and the EU's agenda for the reduction and replacement of Single-Use Plastics. There was also extensive reference made to what the Greek Legislation on Single-Use Plastics (SUP) imposes for the coming years, the expected results and the outputs of the project.

During the event the free online Decision Support Tool was presented (DST) for hotels, which presents sustainable and available alternatives to single-use plastics, taking into account cost and environmental impact during their life cycle. The development of good practice guides to be disseminated in hotels, as well as in environmental NGOs, was also presented as an additional support tool for the replacement of single-use plastics.

Mr. Manolis Alifierakis, President of Heraklion Chamber has addressed the event and speakers represented Heraklion Chamber and Anelixis Development Consultants S.S.A..