Project Description

The Consume-Less Project, abbreviated as Consume-Less, is a pioneering endeavor focused on mitigating environmental impact in Mediterranean tourist communities. Its primary objective is to curtail the consumption of resources such as energy, water, and waste within coastal and tourist-centric locales. At its core lies the introduction of the “ConsumelessMed Label,” a territorial accreditation bestowed upon entities—both public and private—actively engaged in sustainable management practices. These practices encompass strategies aimed at reducing energy usage, water consumption, and waste generation.


Spanning across six pilot areas encompassing Sarada (Albania), Ragusa and Realmonte (Sicily), Gozo (Malta), Naxos (Greece), and Velez Malaga (Spain), Consume-Less strives to instigate a paradigm shift in how tourism impacts these regions. Through the implementation of the ConsumelessMed Label, the project seeks to foster a culture of environmental stewardship and conscientious resource management among local authorities, tourism operators, service providers, and visitors alike.


  1. Contribute to sustainable water, energy, and waste management by reducing consumption in the tourism sector within Mediterranean cities.
  2. Promote sustainable tourism models by highlighting local historical heritage, natural resources, and products.
  3. Encourage responsible behavior among tourists towards the environment and local communities.

Project Outcome

The Consume-Less Project envisions several significant outcomes. Firstly, through the promotion of sustainable practices, there is expected to be a noticeable reduction in water and energy consumption, along with a decrease in waste generation within tourist hubs. This shift towards sustainability not only benefits the environment but also enhances the long-term viability of the tourism industry in these regions. Additionally, the project aims to invigorate local economies by championing sustainable tourism models that celebrate and conserve the unique cultural and natural assets of each participating community. Through targeted marketing initiatives and the ConsumelessMed Label, these areas can distinguish themselves as eco-friendly destinations, appealing to conscientious travelers in search of responsible and authentic experiences. Ultimately, Consume-Less endeavors to cultivate a sense of responsibility and stewardship among tourists, fostering deeper connections between visitors and the places they explore. By advocating for mindful consumption and engagement with local culture and heritage, the project strives to establish a more sustainable and mutually beneficial relationship between tourism and the Mediterranean communities it touches.

Project Duration

Starting date: November 2016

End Date: June January 2020

Total Duration: 39 Months

Budget Allocated: € 2,447,000.00 between 11 project partners.

Energy and Water Agency (Malta): € 356,000.00


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