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Introduction of the EU Flower criteria for tourist accommodation. Sabine Nascinguerra France. Purpose and objective of the EU-Ecolabel for tourist accomodations. Purpose :

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purpose and objective of the eu ecolabel for tourist accomodations
Purpose and objective of the EU-Ecolabel for tourist accomodations
  • Purpose:
    • These criteria aim to set limits on the main environmental impacts from the three phases of the life cycle of tourist accommodation service (purchasing, provision of the service and waste).
    • In particular they aim to:
        • limit energy and water consumption,
        • limit waste production,
        • favour the use of renewable resources and of substances which are less hazardous to the environment,
        • promote environmental communication and education.
  • Objective:
    • Valuing environmentally friendly accommodation services

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number of certified companies en europe
Number of certified companies en Europe

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ecological criteria for the award of the community eco label for tourist accommodation service
Ecological criteria for the award of the Community eco-label for tourist accommodation service
  • COMMISSION DECISION of 9 July 2009
    • Available in differents languages at http://eur-lex.europa.eu/
  • « The product group ‘tourist accommodation service’ shall comprise the provision, for a fee, of sheltered overnight accommodation in appropriately equipped rooms, including at least a bed, offered as a main service to tourists, travellers and lodgers. »
    • Hotels, motels, appartement hotels
    • Residential Clubs, Guest Houses
    • Mountain refuges, youth hostels
    • Bed & Breakfast

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eu flower criteria for tourist accommodation
Workshop on Eco-labeling in Latin America, Brazil, 19 & 20 august 2010

EU Flower Criteria for tourist accommodation

the criteria
The criteria

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examples of criteria energy

Conso.

Equipement économe

A

50

<

B

51 à 90

86,3

C

91 à 150

D

151 à 230

E

231 à 330

F

331 à 450

G

> 450

Equipement énergivore

Examples of criteria : Energy
  • Electricity from renewable sources
    • At least 50 % of the electricity used for all purposes shall come from renewable energy sources
  • Energy-efficient electrical equipments
    • If a new heat generating capacity is installed within the duration of the eco-label award, it shall be a high efficiency cogeneration unit, a heat pump or an efficient boiler
    • Any household air conditioner bought within the duration of the eco-label award shall have at least Class A energy efficiency

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examples of criteria energy1
Examples of criteria : Energy
  • Switching off heating or air conditioningand lights
    • If there is no automatic off-switch in the rooms, there shall be easily available information to the guests asking them to turn off the air conditioning when opening the windows and the lights when leaving the room or
  • Energy efficient light bulbs
    • At least 80 % of all light bulbs and 100 % of light bulbs likely to be turned on > 5 h/day shall have an energy efficiency of Class A

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examples of criteria water
Examples of criteria : Water
  • Water-saving taps and showers
    • Mandatory criteria : The average water flow of the taps and shower heads, shall not exceed 9 litres/ minute
    • Optional criteria : not exceed 8 litres/ minute
  • Waste bins in toilets
    • Each toilet shall have an appropriate waste bin and the guest shall be invited to use the waste bin instead of the toilet for appropriate waste
  • Changing towels and sheets
    • Guests shall be informed that sheets and towels in the rooms shall be changed on their request, or by default at the frequency established by the environmental policy of the tourist accommodation.
  • Correct waste water disposal
    • Guests and staff shall be informed on the correct use of the waste water discharge, in order to avoid the disposal of substances that might prevent waste water treatment in accordance with the municipal waste water plan and Community regulations.

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examples of criteria chemical products
Examples of criteria : Chemical products
  • Mandatory :
    • Disinfectants shall be used only where they are necessary in order to comply with legal hygiene requirements
        • (up to 3 points)
  • Optional
    • Detergents : at least 80 % by weight detergents and/or soaps and shampoos used by the tourist accommodation shall have been awarded the Community eco-label or other national or regional ISO Type I eco-labels
    • Indoor and outdoor paints and varnishes : at least 50 % of the indoor and/or outdoor painting of the tourist accommodation shall be done with paints and varnishes awarded the Community eco-label or other national or regional ISO Type I eco-labels

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example of criteria waste
Example of criteria : Waste
  • Waste separation by guestsand staff
    • Guests shall be informed how and where they can separate waste, and adequate containers for waste separation shall be available in the rooms or in easily reachable distance
    • Waste shall be separated by the staff into the categories that can be handled separately by the local or national waste management facilities, with particular care regarding hazardous waste

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example of criteria waste1
Example of criteria : Waste
  • Disposable products
    • Disposable toiletries (not refillable) such as shampoo and soap, and other products (not reusable), such as shower caps, brushes, nail files, etc. shall not be used.
    • Disposable drinking systems (cups and glasses), plates and cutlery shall only be used if they made out of renewable raw materials and are biodegradable and compostable
  • Breakfast Packaging
    • Except where required by law, no single dose packages shall be used for breakfast or other food service, with the exception of dairy fat spreads (such as butter, margarine and soft cheese), chocolate and peanut butter spreads, and diet or diabetic jams and preserves.

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example of criteria other services
Example of criteria Other services
  • No smoking in common areas and rooms
    • Mandatory : A no smoking section shall be available in all indoor common areas.
    • Optional : Smoking shall not be allowed in 100 % of indoor common areas and at least 70 % of the rooms
  • Public transportation
    • Information shall be made easily available to the guests and staff on how to use public transportation to and from the tourist accommodation through its main means of communication. Where no appropriate public transport exists, information on other environmentally preferable means of transport shall also be provided

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example of criteria general management
Example of criteria General management
  • Maintenance and servicing of boilers and air conditioning systems
    • At least once a year
  • Policy setting and environmental program
    • The management shall have an environmental policy and shall draw up a simple environmental policy statement and a precise action program to ensure the application of the environmental policy

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example of criteria general management1
Example of criteria General management
  • Staff training
    • provide information and training to the staff, including written procedures or manuals, to ensure the application of environmental measures and to raise awareness of environmentally responsible behavior
  • Information to guests
    • provide information to the guests, including conference participants, on the environmental policy, including safety and fire safety aspects, inviting them to contribute to its implementation

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wich process changes may be required in relation to the current standard practices
Wich process changes may be required in relation to the current standard practices ?
  • Major changesof currents practices :
    • Remove all disposals and single dose packages from the rooms and food services
    • Special staff training, to ensure the application of environmental measures
  • Simple modifications of currents practices
    • Providing special information to the guests about your environmental commitment and invite them to contribute
    • Separating waste (staff and guests)
    • Collecting regularly data about water, energy and chemicals consumptions and waste production
    • Keep in mind : for purchasing, if affordable, prefer eco-labeld products or suppliers and low-consumption equipements

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how to meet the criteria
How to meet the criteria
  • In order to be awarded the Community eco-label, a tourist accommodation service shall fulfill all of the following requirements
    • comply with each of the mandatory criteria
    • comply with a sufficient number of the optional criteria
  • For each criteria, the assessment and verification requirements are given in the Commission Decisions of 9 July 2009
    • Example :

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how to apply for the eu flower award
How to apply for the EU Flower award ?
  • Step 2 : Building up the dossier :
  • Collect certificates and proofs for some criteria
  • Write a declaration of compliance with each criterion

Step 3 : Applicationapproval

After receiving the documents, the Competent Body will assess your

environmental performance and compliance with the criteria

(on-site inspection)

Step 1 : Contact a competent body like AFNOR in France

The Competent Body will provide technical support

Step 4 : Receiving the EU Ecolabel

The Competent Body will send an official certificate.

Use the logo for communication & marketing after the certificate is awarded

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fees of the community eco label
Fees of the Community Eco-label
  • Year N :
    • Admission fee : payment of a fee relating to the costs of processing the application (300 – 1300 € / 400 – 1730 $)
    • Audit : payment for the time spend by the competent body for the assessment (600 – 1200 € / 800 – 1600 $)
    • Annual fee : payment for the use of the label : 0,15 % of the annual volume of sales (500 – 25 000 € / 670 – 33 310 $)
  • Year N + 1:
    • Annual fee
  • Year N + 2 :
    • Audit + Annual fee
  • Year N + 3
    • Annual fee

.

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example and reductions
Example and reductions
  • Example : 3 star hotel with 25 employees and 60 rooms in France:
    • Year 1 :
      • Admission fee : 600 € / 800 $
      • Audit (1 day) : 800 € / 1050 $
      • Annual fee : 750 € / 1000 $
    • Total year 1 : 2150 € / 2850$
  • Reduction :
    • - 25 % for SMEs (< 250 employees),
    • - 25 % for product manufacturers and service providers of developing countries
    • - 15 % for EMAS / ISO 14.000- 30 % for national Ecolabel (following ISO 14.024 )
    • max. 50% reduction

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for more information visit
For more information visit :

or

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/ecolabel/

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