The interest for sustainable travelling is increasing. More and more visitors expect ambitious sustainable commitment from both the destinations and the individual services. In Åland, several establishments within the tourism industry are already certified for their work in environmental responsibility and sustainability. Visit Åland coordinates the certification of two international environmental awards, Green Key and Blue Flag, in Åland. 

 

 

GREEN KEY

The Green Key award is the leading standard of excellence in the field of environmental responsibility and sustainable operation within the tourism industry. The Green Key is awarded hotels, smaller accommodation services, camping sites, restaurants, conference centers and museums that meet a set of high standard environmental requirements.

The requirements are both practical and more abstract. For example, the establishments aim to use locally produced and organic food and drinks, lower their water and energy consumption, recycle and separate waste and use eco-friendly cleaning methods. They also inform and encourage their customers to sustainable activities and educate their staff in environmental work. 

Today there are more than 3 200 Green Key certified establishments in more than 60 countries. At the moment, more than 20 sites are awarded the Green Key certificate in Åland. You can find them all below.

 

 

Green Key sites on Åland

Accommodations

 

Restaurants and cafés

 

Conference centers

 

You can find more information on the official website of Green Key International.

 

 

BLUE FLAG

Blue Flag is one of the world´s leading ecolabels for guest harbours, marinas and sustainable boating tourism. All over the world, more than 4500 sites are awarded the Blue Flag in almost 50 countries. The first guest harbours on Åland were awarded the Blue Flag in the spring 2020. The guest harbours on Åland were the only ones certified in Finland at that time and more guest harbours on Åland will be certified in the near future.

The guest harbours meet a range of requirements concerning environmental work, education, safety and service. They are requested to have an environmental policy and plan with set targets for eg. water and energy consumption, waste management, eco-friendly cleaning methods and safety. They also commit themselves to support and protect the biodiversity and ecosystems and strive for a high standard of water quality in the harbour.

What’s more, the buildings and constructions in the guest harbour meet high requirements.

The sanitation facilities are of high environmental standard and include toilets and showers. The harbours’ services also include drinking water supply, waste sorting and recycling as well as septic tank exhausting. The harbours shall have easy access to approved equipment for both life saving, first aid and fire fighting. 

 

In addition, the staff are educated in environmental work and all visitors are informed about and encouraged to sustainable development.

 

Blue Flag guest harbours on Åland

 

You can find more information about Blue Flag on the official website of Blue Flag International.

 

 

 


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