HOSP-ECO stands for Sustainability Leadership in the Hospitality Sector.

HOSP-ECO is an Erasmus+ KA2 Cooperation Partnership in Vocational Education and Training (VET) project that runs from January 2023 to December 2024. HOSP-ECO focuses on how the hospitality industry will be supported to shift from Traditional Leadership to Sustainability Leadership. The project is formed as a European consortium of seven partners – coordinated by Instituto Politecnico do Porto.

Effective measures are needed to accelerate the green and digital transitions and improve the resilience of the tourism ecosystem. This is an effort in which all groups and stakeholders, in the tourism ecosystem, have a role to play. Hospitality, as part of this ecosystem, leaves a heavy environmental footprint on a daily basis. Although there are many environmental management systems in place to control and monitor ecological performance, hospitality lacks Sustainability Leadership. Sustainable leadership is when we consider the wider impact of our actions on society and the environment. On 10 March 2020, the Commission adopted a new industrial strategy. The aim was to help EU industry lead the green and digital transformations and to boost the EU’s global competitiveness and open strategic autonomy by 2030 (European industrial strategy | European Commission (europa.eu)). The COVID-19 pandemic, even though has stressed the importance of digital interventions to benefit the environment, it has shifted the priorities of the market to other directions. This dictates the need for immediate actions to accelerate the green and digital transitions and consequently increase the resilience of the EU industrial ecosystems. The tourism ecosystem was the hardest hit by the pandemic and therefore, it faces major challenges to achieve the twin transition.

To expedite this twin transition, VET will have a critical role in changing the Leadership model of the industry, shifting from traditional Leadership to Sustainability Leadership. VET can deploy innovative training, including e-tools to allow the successful implementation of sustainability principles in order to make hospitality more competitive. HOSP-ECO will deploy a VET methodology to help Hospitality Management acquire Sustainability Leadership skills by developing a training course and e-tools to facilitate sustainability culture change.



The project aims to:

Improve awareness and promote a culture of sustainability in the hospitality sector

Educate VET Trainers and Hospitality Managers to put sustainability at the core of their business strategy.

Reinforce hospitality sector's commitment to sustainability by developing leadership skills that will influence and transform the current ethos and practices in hospitality.

Demonstrate the significant role of VET in the development of sustainability leadership in hospitality.



A VET Delivery Methodology Document based on:
a)Target Group Learning Needs Interviews and
b)Partners' Cumulative Findings Reports

A VET Course and Training Material for Hospitality Managers on Sustainability Leadership


Hospitality Eco Footprint e-Tool - a stand-alone digital tool that monitors the sustainability performance of a hospitality property

Target groups

01 Hospitality managers – interested in developing their sustainability leadership skills

02 VET institutions and stakeholders – interested in strengthening the role of VET in developing sustainability leadership in hospitality

03 Environmental Groups – interested in more substantial sustainability practices in hospitality

04 Hospitality stakeholders – interested in establishing effective sustainability leadership in accommodation establishments in order to increase the competitiveness of the sector

05 Eco groups/stakeholders – interested in reducing the ecological footprint of hospitality in Europe