Green Key is an eco-accreditation which guides businesses towards the best environmental
choices to suit their individual business needs.
Travellers and tourists are increasingly aware of the importance of supporting socially responsible and environmentally sustainable businesses, with 72% of visitors in Wales rating environmental factors important in choosing their holiday destination*. As such, an increasing number of Welsh hospitality providers are making changes within their business to appeal to this emerging market as well as making significant commercial savings.
Green Key Wales offers a flexible approach to implementing environmentally sustainable changes, making Green Key accreditation accessible whatever the business size. And as a respected eco-label in 47 countries worldwide, it offers Welsh hospitality providers a presence within the international hospitality market. The Green Key criteria and explanatory notes for hotels and hostels have received 'GSTC-recognition' status.
Developed specifically for the hospitality industry, Green Key accommodates a range of hospitality service providers, including:
Positive effects of responsible tourism are a major benefit for the environment. All hotels can take small steps to reduce their environmental impact. Green Key awarded hotels are committed to creating positive environmental change.
Following popular demand on an international scale, Green Key has recently developed specific criteria for small accommodations (less than 15 bedrooms). Now small guest houses, eco-lodges, and bed and breakfasts have the opportunity to celebrate their contribution to responsible, environmentally sound tourism.
Campsites, a major part of the leisure industry are often overlooked when it comes to environmental management. Green Key offers campsites the opportunity to share their environmental policies and green credentials with their guests and visitors.
Green Key has recently developed criteria specifically aimed towards the restaurant industry. Focusing on education and locally sourced produce, the Green Key standard for restaurants celebrates and promotes establishments making changes for a more sustainable future.
As a growing part of the leisure industry, attractions have a role to play in a more sustainable approach to environmental management. The Green Key award allows attractions to celebrate their environmental achievements and commit to a sustainable future.
In response to the growing requirement of businesses to use environmentally aware and sustainably run venues, Green Key for Conference Centres emerged. Originally part of the hotel criteria, conference centres now have their own category and criteria. It gives the opportunity for accreditation to those venues which are not part of larger accommodation.