The neZEH e-toolkit, developed within the framework of the nearly Zero Energy Hotels (neZEH) initiative co-funded by the European Commission in the frame of the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme, is a practical tool for hotel owners to help them benchmark their energy consumption in comparison to neZEH levels.
Appropriate measures for energy efficiency improvement and renewable energy integration are subsequently recommended in order to turn their properties into nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB).

Implemented in

  • Europe and Central Asia

Sectors of activity
Energy, Tourism

Type of initiative
Policy Frameworks & Tools

Type of lead actor
United Nations / intergovernmental organizations


The e-toolkit is designed to increase the energy efficiency capacity in the accommodation industry and to encourage hotel owners to proceed to energy renovation projects towards zero energy targets.


As collected through the One Planet Reporting

Output level

Outreach and communication for SCP

  • UNWTO neZEH 2016 2nd neZEH International Conference: Nearly Zero Energy Hotels, the Potential for Change (FITUR 2016 / FITUR Green)

Knowledge resource and technical tool

  • Energy Efficiency tips for hotel staff Supporting SME-hotels to achieve Nearly Zero Energy status
  • UNWTO EU position paper- Nearly Zero -Energy Hotels towards a low carbon growth in Europe
  • NeZEH eToolkit

Impact and Results

Since 2011, the neZEH e-toolkit has engaged more than 20,000 users worldwide and 2,000 hotels in Europe to better understand how to become energy efficient and more competitive.
The European Committee of the Regions, in its Opinion "Tourism as a driving force for regional cooperation across the EU" (2017), recommends the use of the two e-toolkits as support to climate friendly projects in the sector.