Description of the tool
In order to be granted the European Ecolabel for Tourist Accommodations, the accommodation entities have to meet a set of very strict environmental performance criteria in various environmental areas. The label includes 22 mandatory criteria and 45 optional criteria among which candidates will choose to obtain a sufficient amount of points.
The label is used throughout the European Union and sites can be labelled all over the world.
As a voluntary scheme, this certification is granted by an independent certification body.
The recognition is valid for two to five years, with annual transmission of environmental performance indicators to the certification body. The list of certificated accommodations is available on various websites including official EU website.
Relevant areas: Energy, water, waste, chemicals, communication, education, management.
Geographical level of recognition: Europe
Justification / Verification / Proof of adherence
Administered by the European Union Eco-Labelling Board (EUEB) and granted by the national competent certification body after the audit of the company (both on site and off-site).
Size: all sizes
Activity sectors: Tourism, traditional tourist accommodation and campsites