Green Key is a voluntary eco-label for tourism facilities
Green Key is a non-governmental, non-profit, independent Programme. It is recognised and supported by the World Tourism Organization and UNEP.
Green Key is presently the largest global eco-label for accommodation and has a national administration centre in each participating country. It promotes sustainable tourism and aims to contribute to the prevention of climate change by awarding and advocating facilities with good initiatives. The programme began in Denmark in 1994 and was adopted by FEE in 2002 to become its fifth international programme. It has since spread to 28 countries and continues to grow.
Green Key educates and empowers tourism actors, including enterprises, authorities, guests, and local communities awarded tourism facilities adhere to national and international Green Key criteria.
The label is based on international criteria that reflect the various fields of tourism facilities (hotels, hostels, camp sites, conference and holiday centres) focus on environmental management, technical demands, and initiatives for the involvement of guests, staff and suppliers cover:
- Water, Waste, Energy,
- Involvement and Awareness of Guests,
- Environmental Management,
- Staff Involvement,
- Use of Chemicals,
- Open Spaces,
- Food and Beverages.
Each country involved in the Programme has a national operator. International meetings take place regularly to answer national operators’ questions and needs, and to assure international coherence and standards among Green Key member organisations.
Green Key establishments report many benefits increasing activity and sales :
- noticeably better environment for guests and staff,
- better environmental image,
- marketing advantages.
You can also visit the international website here: www.green-key.org