Environmental problems (eg climate change) and the depletion of non-renewable resources concern people. In addition, travel causes problems and the solution would be eco-efficiency of tourism, as well as the traveler’s keeping in mind eco efficiency aspects during their travel.

Activities are eco-efficient when small material and energy inputs are used to maximize output/final result. Eco-efficiency includes for example using sustainable materials for products and services, reducing the energy needed for the production of products and services, hazardous materials reduction, improved recycling, waste minimization, maximizing the use of recycled materials, product durability, and better service to increase the proportion of goods and services production. Eco-efficiency is one sector of sustainable development.

By acting responsibly in the field of tourism, one can influence the existence and sustainability of natural and cultural environments create economic conditions for restoration and protection measures to prevent environmental problems. Responsible tourism activities can furthermore promote regional development and revive local tradition. International travel also gives different nationalities the opportunity to know each other as well as the diverse cultures and natural areas.


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Buying locally made handcrafts and local products produced in the most sustainable way is both eco efficient and socially sustainable choice.  Photo:Taitokortteli





 Related Pages

-Sustainable travel information package

-Competition and consumer protection webpage



 Eco efficient hints for travellers and tourism companies

-Information and good practices

-Energy savings

-Waste management

-Water savings


-Programme services

-Various ecoefficiency indicators

-Biosphere Reserve newsletter 2013  

-Back to main page


Eco efficient tourism protects the environment while at the same time gives stamina and good experiences to the people. Photo: Timo Hokkanen

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