Eco-responsible accomodation

Hotels have taken the challenges of sustainable development to heart...

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Hotels have taken the challenges of sustainable development to heart if the increase in the number of accredited establishments is anything to go by.

The level of commitment of establishments ranges from the non-replacement of bath towels to theaccumulation of standards and labels. The initial investment may  be significant but the effects (savings, marketing, internal motivation) are proportional. What is most important is that once an initiative has been taken, it continues and that the hotelier seeks to improve performance.  

This principle of continual improvement is moreover, one of the fundamental principles of the current  standards and labels:  ISO 20121 (launch in 2012), ISO 14001, ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001, European Ecolabel, the Diversité label, HQE, BBC, Green Key, Green Globe, Earth Check.

Apart from holding a label or a standard, other questions can be asked to evaluate the commitmentof the venue:

• Ease of access to public transport, on foot, by bicycle, access for physically-disabled people;

• Eco-respectful buildings (ideally accredited with a label): optimization of energy and water management, sorting and reclamation of waste;

• Services offered and/or service providers listed with a sustainable development approach (catering,  layout, transport, etc.); or at least, ways of taking account of your responsible development requirements;

• Policy, charter, commitments in favour of the sustainable development of the venue;

• Respect, updating, and regular putting into effect of health and safety rules;

• Awareness-raising internally and externally.

See below the members of the Convention Bureau with an official standard or label or with a sustainable approach