Green Key label
The Green Key is an eco-label for hospitality facilities that aims to contribute to prevention of climate change and sustainable tourism by awarding and promoting good initiatives. The Green Key aims to change the practices and behaviours of hospitality actors including enterprises, authorities, guests, local communities, and to involve them in increasing their responsibility towards their own environment.
Green Key criteria
The Green Key criteria consist of a number of standardised international criteria, which are mandatory in each country, and more specialized national criteria, adjusted to national legislation, infrastructure and culture. The award is voluntarily applied for and granted for the duration of one year, during which control visits are made to check that certain standards are upheld and that all criteria are met.
International sets of criteria
Different sets of international criteria have also been developed for different categories of tourism facilities, including hotels and conference centres. Some of the fields covered are: Water, Waste, Energy, Involvement and Awareness of Guests, Environmental Management, Staff Involvement, Use of Chemicals, Open Spaces, and Food and Beverages.
Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE)
The Green Key has been adopted as the fifth FEE campaign. FEE is the Foundation for Environmental Education and runs campaigns in 54 countries. The FEE campaigns are Blue Flag, Young Reporters for the Environment, Learning About Forests, Eco Schools and the Green Key.
The Green Key has been made available to all 54 countries in the FEE network. At this point, the Green Key is established in 13 countries and a number of other countries are preparing to run the campaign.
From 2009 up to 2012 the Green Key coordination is hosted by FEE Netherlands!
For more information please visit the Green Key website.