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Cerificate "Green key

Detailed description of the Good Practice

The "Green Key" is a certificate that can be awarded to Danish hotels, inns, youth hostels and other establishments offering accomodation. To obtain a "Green Key", the establishment must fulfil a minimum list of requirements regarding health and environment beforehand, and undertake to meet others within six months of the award. The set of criteria has been decribed as "the world's best environmental concept for the accomodation sector". The requirements range from energy use and ventilation via menus (which must include organic meals) and rubbish separation to accessibility for handicapped people, and even extend to the grounds (where no pesticides may be used).

sustainable consumption

Objectives of the Good Practice

to establish a minimum list of requirements regarding health and environment for the hotels

Participants of the Good Practice

hotels

Target group of the Good Practice

hotels

Funding of the Good Practice

Fees from holder of the Green Key

More Details of the Good Practice

The Green Key can only be awarded to individual establishments - not to whole chains, and must be renewed annually. There are frequent inspections to ensure that requirements are being complied with. The Green Key can be awarded both to hotels, youth hostels, camping grounds, holiday centres and other tourist establishment. There are at present 70-odd Danish holders of the Green Key. The total has actually fallen slightly over the past couple of years - while some new enterprises have been awarded Green Keys, others have lost theirs. On the other hand, enetrprises in Sweden, Estonia and Greenland have also been certified, and a French offshoot - Le Clef Rouge - has certified a large number of camping grounds in that country. Today The Green Key is co-operating with Visit, a European initiative which aims to co-ordinate the many existing national and regional certification schemes for tourist enterprises. The Green Key project is backed by four business associations, the trade union that organises most workers in the tourist industry, Danish Tourist Board, the Danish Environment Agency and the Open Air Council - an umbrella organisation of NGOs.

Documentation and documents

Stiftelsen Idebanken http://idebanken.no/english/Goodexamples/hoved.html (Accessed April 13, 2009)

Available files

Contact details

Den Grønne Nøgle (The Green Key)
Address c/o HORESTA, Vodroffsvej 32, DK-1900 Fredriksberg C
Telephone +45-35 24 80 80
Telefax +45-35 24 80 86
E-mail miljoe@horesta.dk

Data sources and references

Stiftelsen Idebanken http://idebanken.no/english/Goodexamples/hoved.html (Accessed April 13, 2009)