For highest demands Sustainability & environmental awareness
The GreenSign sustainability seal is awarded by InfraCert – Institute for Sustainable Development in the Hotel Industry. The certification programme is based on various core areas for sustainable management:
- Management and Communication
- Environment (energy, water and waste)
- Purchasing & Regionality
- Quality management and sustainable development
- Social & economic responsibility
Green Pearls® Unique Places is the world’s leading data source for sustainable places. Hotels are selected for their sustainable expertise and green projects. To ensure that all partners meet the standards set, they are assessed against the following criteria:
- Management Plan, Architecture
- Environment, water consumption, energy, waste management
- Home economics, food
- Guidelines, Employees, Communication
- Social Projects, Cultural Commitments
The EU Ecolabel or Euroflower (named after the logo with the flower and the stars) is the official eco-label recognised by all countries of the European Union as well as Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland. It reveals which products are better for the environment without sacrificing quality. The label was introduced in 1992.
The EU Ecolabel is reliable and offers security: All products and services with the Euroblume are checked by independent institutions for compliance with the strict environmental criteria. One of the strong points of the EU Ecolabel is that it considers the entire life cycle of a product.
For each product group, the phase in which the environmental impact is greatest is checked. Criteria are established for reducing these impacts. The environmental criteria are defined in such a way that only 10 to 20% of the products on the market can be awarded the EU Ecolabel. This means that only the most environmentally friendly suppliers can get it. In order to ensure the quality of the label and to respond to the latest innovations, the criteria are regularly revised.
The Green Key award is a leading standard of excellence in the field of environmental responsibility and sustainable operation within the tourism industry.
A Green Key stands for a company’s commitment to its guests. By making the decision to book with such a company, guests help to make a difference in terms of environmental protection and sustainability. The high environmental standards expected of member companies are met through strict documentation and regular audits.
The Green Key criteria consists of several international criteria. The criteria focus on environmental management with technical demands as well as involvement with guests, staff, suppliers and the surrounding community. Some of the fields covered are environmental management, water, waste and energy saving, involvement and awareness of guests and staff, management of food and beverage, open spaces, etc.