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..
SUPMed project will run until June 2023 with a total budget of 1,279,405.00 euros. The six partners taking part at the consortium of the project are Aspon Consulting Ltd – Leader Partners (CY), Heraklion Chamber (GR), Anelixis Development Consultants S.S.A. (GR), Cellock Ltd (CY), AIS Environment (MT) and Cyprus Hotel Association (CY). Upon completion of the project, the partnership of SUPMed project aims to reduce the consumption, disposal and impact of single-use plastics in the tourism sector in three Mediterranean regions (Cyprus, Greece, Malta) in line with the EU Directive 2019/904 for the reduction of the impact of plastic products.