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Our first Green Key award given to Radisson RED Glasgow

27 October 2021

We are delighted to have awarded the Radisson RED hotel in the west end of Glasgow with the international Green Key award. Radisson RED is the first hotel in Scotland to achieve the eco-label following the launch of Green Key in the country.

The accolade, achieved just as COP26 arrives in Scotland, recognises the steps the 174-bedroom hotel has taken to reduce its impact on the environment.

The hotel was visited by our trained assessors, who produced a report which was then verified by a national and independent Green Key Jury. The report highlighted multiple areas of best practice including an effective recycling system, the use of local food produce, bike parking and an electric vehicle charge point.

Graham Chalmers, Curator Radisson RED said:

“We’re thrilled to become the first hotel in Scotland to gain Green Key accreditation and have our environmental commitment recognised. From giving energy back to the grid to operating robust recycling programmes, we implement sustainable initiatives throughout the business.”

Barry Fisher, our Chief Executive, said:

“We are delighted to award Radisson RED as the first hotel to gain Green Key accreditation in Scotland. Our assessors have seen that the hotel has a clear commitment to sustainability and takes action to reduce its impact on our climate.

“We are delighted to be offering Green Key in Scotland and encourage tourism and hospitality establishments across the country to secure the multiple benefits of a green recovery from COVID-19 by partnering with us through this internationally recognised programme.”

Janie Neumann, Sustainable Tourism Manager at VisitScotland said:

“This is a fantastic achievement by Radisson RED and we welcome its commitment to reduce its impact on the environment.

“Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing the tourism sector and is now, more than ever, on the minds of our visitors. It is through the commitments of businesses like Radisson RED that we will create a long-lasting sustainable tourism destination which will protect the environment and benefit visitors.”

Green Key is owned by the Foundation for Environmental Education and we operate this in Scotland. Green Key has been a leading standard of excellence in environmental responsibility and sustainable operation within the tourism industry since 1994. The Radisson Hotel Group is an international hotel chain partner of Green Key and has committed to eco-labelling all hotels.

Finn Bolding Thomsen, International Green Key Director at Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) said:

“Green Key is an internationally recognised and respected eco-label for the tourism sector and has been awarded to over 3,200 establishments in 65 countries.

“We are excited to see Radisson RED in Glasgow join the international Green Key family and urge tourism establishments across Scotland to use the well-proven framework as a pathway to environmental excellence and sustainable operation.”

Green Key is open to a wide range of establishments including hotels, visitor attractions, conference centres, campsites and restaurants and helps them meet global environmental standards set by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council and recognised by the UN World Tourism Organisation.

Through Green Key, we offer a package of support to help Scotland’s tourism and hospitality establishments benefit from year-on-year environmental improvements that can also lead to financial savings. Sites are audited and assessed, and verification received from an independent Green Key National Jury - giving strong credibility and customer confidence.

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