Green Key

Improving sustainability and recognising excellence in the hospitality sector

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

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.
  • You will receive third-party verification from an independent Green Key National Jury.
  • 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 Excellence. Read more about Green Key International participation and policies.


Enquire about Green Key

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 National 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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