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Reducing Carbon Emissions from the Tourist Accommodation Sector on Non-Interconnected Islands: A Case Study of a Medium-Sized Hotel in Rhodes, Greece

  • Reducing the carbon emissions from hotels on non-interconnected islands (NII) is essential in the context of a low carbon future for the Mediterranean region. Maritime tourism is the major source of income for Greece and many other countries in the region, as well as hot-temperate and tropical regions worldwide. Like many NIIs, Rhodes attracts a high influx of tourists every summer, doubling the island’s energy demand and, given the high proportion of fossil fuels in the Rhodian energy supply, increasing carbon emissions. Using the theoretical framework ‘FINE’, this paper presents the optimisation of a medium-sized hotel’s energy system with the aim of reducing both cost and carbon emissions. By introducing a Photovoltaic (PV) net metering system, it was found that the carbon emissions associated with an NII hotel’s energy system could be reduced by 31% at an optimised cost. It is suggested that large-scale deployment of PV or alternative renewable energy sources (RES) in NII hotels could significantly reduce carbon emissions associated with the accommodation sector in Greece and help mitigate climate change.

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Author:Martin Spiller, Corinna Müller, Zara Mulholland, Paraskevi Louizidou, Frithjof C. Küpper, Kevin Knosala, Peter Stenzel
Parent Title (English):Energies
Editor:Evina Gontikaki
Document Type:Article
Date of first Publication:2022/05/21
Date of Publication (online):2023/05/23
Tag:Energy System Optimisation; Rhodes; Tourism; Varbon Dioxide Reduction
Page Number:24
Institutes:Anlagen, Energie- und Maschinensysteme (F09) / Fakultät 09 / Cologne Institute for Renewable Energy
Dewey Decimal Classification:500 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik
Open Access:Open Access
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International