We officially launch Green Key in Scotland

The key to a green recovery for Scotland’s tourism and hospitality sector

Scotland’s tourism and hospitality establishments are encouraged to find out more about how their green recovery plans from COVID-19 might become reality with support from us through international eco-label Green Key.

We officially launched the Green Key programme in Scotland at an online event today (8 September) and were delighted to be joined by speakers from VisitScotland (responsible tourism), Foundation for Environmental Education (the international scope of Green Key) and Glasgow City Council (COP26 and green tourism).

We also premiered a short film about Green Key which you can view below.

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.

Green Key is an international eco-label for tourism facilities run by the Foundation for Environmental Education. Since 1994, Green Key has been a leading standard of excellence in environmental responsibility and sustainable operation within the tourism industry.

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.

Barry Fisher, our CEO said:

“We are delighted to offer 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.

“We have a highly-skilled team of staff available to assist Green Key applicants with both technical support and advice and encourage you to get in touch today to start your sustainability journey.”

Lyn Donnelly, Senior Partnerships Manager at VisitScotland commented:

“We believe that the success of Scotland’s tourism industry rests on protecting and enhancing the Scottish environment. Our country’s natural beauty and landscapes are a vital part of our offer and hugely important to communities as well as our visitors.

“As we support the industry with COVID-19 recovery plans, we know there is an opportunity to reset tourism based on a more responsible future.”

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 urge tourism establishments to join with Keep Scotland Beautiful through Green Key and use the well-proven framework as a pathway to environmental excellence and sustainable operation.”

Find out more about Green Key and the support that we offer here or take time to read our latest blog by Charity Trustee Tom Brock which highlights how tourism can be a force for good around the world.

08 September 2020

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