Green Key

Improving sustainability and recognising excellence in the hospitality sector

Many of Scotland’s visitors come here because of our beautiful landscapes and the richness of our natural environment.

Our tourism and hospitality industries trade on the quality of Scotland’s environment – and so they have a special responsibility to ensure that their operations protect and care for the natural world.

That’s why, as the industry rebuilds after COVID-19, everyone in the sector needs to work towards the highest possible environmental standards.

Green Key is the leading global eco-label operating in 65 countries worldwide to support and recognise environmental excellence in hotels and venues.

Find out more in our short film introducing Green Key in Scotland.

We were delighted to officially launch Green Key in Scotland at an online event on 8 September. You can view the recording of the event below and access our press release here and our communications pack here


Green Key benefits:

Demonstrates your sustainability credentials with a globally recognised award.

Gives you a comprehensive framework for continual environmental improvement.

Helps your business save money by improving efficiency.

Why Green Key?

  • You will hold an award that is recognised by customers across the world.
  • Your business will be audited and assessed, giving you strong credibility and customer confidence.
  • Your business will get access to our technical support and advice to help you on your sustainability journey.


We manage Green Key in Scotland on behalf of the Foundation for Environmental Education. Read more about Green Key International participation and policies.

Who can apply?

How to become Green Key certified

  • STEP 1: Complete an application form showing how your hotel or venue meets the 13 Green Key criteria areas. (See below for more information on the criteria.)
  • STEP 2: Receive feedback on your application and complete any outstanding actions before progressing to the audit stage.
  • STEP 3: We will carry out an on-site audit and advise on any actions needed to comply with Green Key criteria.
  • STEP 4: Once our auditors believe that you meet the award criteria, your application will go to our independent National Green Key Jury for their decision.
  • STEP 5: If successful we will provide you with promotional materials including a certificate and plaque, along with other promotional opportunities.

The award is valid for one year, so you will need to renew on an annual basis, demonstrating evidence on continual improvement.

*On-site audits will take place in year one, two and every third year thereafter.


Enquire about Green Key


Get in touch with:
Aoife Hutton
Climate Change Officer
Tel: 01786 477193

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