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Sustainable hotels – Eco-certification according to EU Flower, Nordic Swan and the Polish Hotel association
KTH, Superseded Departments, Energy Technology.
2004 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Over their lifetime (including construction, operation, maintenance, and eventually demolition), buildings require appreciable amounts of energy, water and many other resources. The built environment is undoubtedly the origin of a considerable portion of the overall air, water and soil pollution, as well as waste generation in our society. Hotel buildings, due to their very specific and unique function and operational patterns, generally have a much larger ecological impact than other commercial buildings of similar size. At the same time, the well-being and development of the tourism and the hotel industry, relies heavily on the availability of a clean, natural environment. It is crucial for the sustainability of ecological systems, as well as business operations to ensure that hotel facilities are designed, constructed, operated and refurbished in a manner that is least harmful to the environment. If the environment is part of your business, protecting the environment means protecting your business. 2 For many years, the hotel industry was reluctant to acknowledge any significant influence on the natural surroundings. Recently, however, attitudes have started to change. In order to help hoteliers incorporate more environmentally sound practices into daily operations, branch associations, various NGOs, academic communities and hotel companies continue to develop guidelines and manuals. Industry self-regulation, in the form of certification and labelling schemes, has proved to be a valuable additional tool. Numerous certification and labelling schemes are offered internationally, nationally or locally by industrial organisations, as well as by governmental and non-governmental instit utions (EU Flower, Nordic Swan, Green Globe 21, Green Leaf, The Green Key, and others).

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Sustainable Construction, eu, nordic, polish, hotel, association
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-81524OAI: diva2:497570
International Conference on Sustainable Buildings 2004, Warsaw, Poland, October 27-29, 2004
QC 20120308Available from: 2012-02-10 Created: 2012-02-10 Last updated: 2012-03-08Bibliographically approved

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