Global Goals

FEE Global Action Day - showing the global commitment to supporting the Sustainable Development Goals

The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) is proud to announce the FEE Global Action Day to be held on 20 April 2018 in the Green Key programme and the other of FEE's environmental education programmes.

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As a dedicated supporter and champion of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, FEE will organise a Global Action Day to be held on 20 April 2018. The purpose of this day is to call attention to how FEE and its member organisations, as well as all the participants in the FEE programmes, are helping to realise the Sustainable Development Goals through the work we do. Whatever you choose to highlight, we at FEE would like to promote it!

Worldwide, our network engages in countless acts of awareness-raising about all 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals on an almost daily basis. If possible, we would encourage you to plan a specific action for one of the Sustainable Development Goals to be executed on 20 April 2018, so that together we can unite globally in a day of positive action!

If it does not suit you to plan a specific action on 20 April 2018, you can still join the movement by reposting on that day one or more stories from the past year highlighting your commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Any actions dedicated to the Global Action Day should be included on social media using the hashtags #GlobalActionDays and @GlobalGoals. If possible, please indicate the number of persons engaged in your action. 

Thank you for your participation - Keep up the great work!

Green Key and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals: SDG #17

Green Key is a leading standard of excellence in the field of sustainable tourism, guiding tourism establishments to do their part in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN. In the past months, we presented all 17 SDGs and explained their connection to Green Key. Today we talk about the last goal, SDG 17!

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In 2015, the UN member states adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals to guide governments, the private sector and civil society in transforming our world into a safer, fairer and more livable place.   

Sustainability lies at the heart of Green Key, which is why the programme inherently contributes to all of the 17 goals. Today, we talk about Goal 17: "Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development"

Green Key’s global profile involves cooperation and partnerships between multiple stakeholders from the public, private and NGO sectors at various levels: At the local level between staff, guests, suppliers and the surrounding community and at the national and international level between NGOs, corporate partners, authorities and other partners involved in sustainable tourism. 

How does Green Key help to achieve goal 17?

  • Through Green Key's National Operators in 40 countries, Green Key encompasses a global network of sustainable tourism experts that share their experiences, knowledge and ideas within the programme
  • In most countries that run the Green Key programme, national juries composed of multiple stakeholders take the decision on the award which ensures a broad and independent verification of the award
  • All Green Key awarded establishments must establish an active collaboration with relevant local stakeholders to enhance the active role the establishment plays in creating environmental awareness in the local and in promoting environmentally friendly practices among their collaboration partners (criterion 1.6)
  • The programme enhances the partnership between the awarded establishments and the local community by:
    • actively supporting green activities or initiatives for social community development including, among others, education, health, sanitation and infrastructure (criterion 11.4)
    • offering the means for local small entrepreneurs to develop and sell sustainable products that are based on the area’s nature, history, and culture (criterion 11.5)
    • preventing conflicts between indigenous and local communities and tourists with the help of a code of conduct for activities in respective communities (criterion 11.6)
    • purchasing local and fair-trade services and goods

A document describing Green Key’s overall contribution to all 17 Sustainable Development Goals can be downloaded here.

Green Key and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals: SDG #16

Green Key is a leading standard of excellence in the field of sustainable tourism, guiding tourism establishments to do their part in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN. In our feature series we will present each of the 17 SDGs and explain their connection to Green Key. 

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In 2015, the UN member states adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals to guide governments, the private sector and civil society in transforming our world into a safer, fairer and more livable place.   

Sustainability lies at the heart of Green Key, which is why the programme inherently contributes to all of the 17 goals. Today, we talk about Goal 16: "Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels".

Green Key is a programme that promotes just and inclusive societies through cooperation and awareness raising. It encourages inclusiveness and collaboration between stakeholders from different sectors at local, national, and international level as well as equitability in employment, engagement with minorities, local communities and entrepreneurs, as well as dialogue and consent of nearby indigenous and local communities. 

How does Green Key help to achieve goal 16?

  • All awarded establishment must be in compliance with international, national and local legislation regarding the environment, health, safety and labour. This includes, among others, fair and safe working conditions (criterion 11.1)
  • Green Key encourages tourism establishment to provide access for people with special needs to broaden the inclusiveness of the business (criterion 11.2)
  • Awarded establishments should be equitable in hiring women and local minorities, including in management positions, while restraining from child labour (criterion 11.3)
  • To support an inclusive society, Green Key awarded establishments are encouraged to support initiatives for social community development including, among others, education, health, sanitation and infrastructure (criterion 11.4)
  • To prevent conflicts between indigenous and local communities and tourists, awarded establishments should produce a code of conduct for activities in respective communities, with the consent of and in collaboration with the communities themselves (criterion 11.6)

A document describing Green Key’s overall contribution to all 17 Sustainable Development Goals can be downloaded here.

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Green Key and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals: SDG #14

Green Key is a leading standard of excellence in the field of sustainable tourism, guiding tourism establishments to do their part in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN. In our new feature series we will present each of the 17 SDGs and explain their connection to Green Key. 

 SDG 14, Global Goals

In 2015, the UN member states adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals to guide governments, the private sector and civil society in transforming our world into safer, fairer and more livable place.   

Sustainability lies at the heart of Green Key, which is why the programme inherently contributes to all of the 17 goals. Today, we talk about Goal 14: "Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development".

Coastal areas receive the highest percentage of tourist arrivals. If not managed sustainably, the tourism industry has detrimental effects on marine ecosystems. At the same time, tourism puts its own base at risk, because clean beaches, thriving marine ecosystems like coral reefs or mangrove forests as well as healthy populations of marine wildlife often are the reason for tourists to choose certain destinations. 

Tourism establishment can play an important role in the protection of the marine environment if they ensure proper waste and wastewater management, reduce the use of toxic chemicals that could potentially enter the water cycle, and refrain from the use of endangered seafood but instead using products from sustainable sources. 

How does Green Key help to achieve goal 14?

  • In Green Key awarded establishments all wastewater must be treated in accordance with national and local regulations (criterion 4.9). The establishment can either be connected to an existing public sewage system or have the wastewater treated in an own sewage treatment plant.
  • To lower the input of chemicals into the water cycle, the use of hazardous chemicals in cleaning products must be minimised (criterion 5.2)
  • Tourism establishments that are Green Key awarded need to ensure the correct collection, storage and disposal of waste (category 6 of the criteria)
  • Green Key highly encourages their awarded establishments not to purchase endangered fish and seafood (criterion 8.3)
  • If there are Blue Flag awarded beaches, marinas or boating tourism operators nearby, the establishment should inform their guests about them. The Blue Flag is an environmental award which is managed by the same organisation as Green Key, the Foundation for Environmental Education

A document describing Green Key’s overall contribution to all 17 Sustainable Development Goals can be downloaded here.

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Green Key and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals: SDG #13

Green Key is a leading standard of excellence in the field of sustainable tourism, guiding tourism establishments to do their part in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN. In our new feature series we will present each of the 17 SDGs and explain their connection to Green Key. 

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In 2015, the UN member states adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals to guide governments, the private sector and civil society in transforming our world into safer, fairer and more livable place.   

Sustainability lies at the heart of Green Key, which is why the programme inherently contributes to all of the 17 goals. Today, we talk about Goal 13: "Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts".

According to the UN "Planetary warming continued in 2016, setting a new record of about 1.1 degrees Centigrade above the preindustrial period, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2016. "

Tourism is one of the industries that is most sensitive to climate change as the tourist experience in most cases depends on steady climate conditions which for example guarantee snow for winter sports or pleasant weather at beach holiday destinations. In addition, the increase of extreme weather phenomena such as hurricanes might influence tourists decisions and travel patterns and will disadvantage the tourism industry in affected countries. On the other hand, tourism itself is contributing to climate change, mainly through greenhouse gas emissions generated through transportation. 

How does Green Key help to achieve Goal 13?

Green Key integrates climate change measures into its criteria to help tourism establishments lower their greenhouse gas emissions:

  • Awarded establishments are encouraged to measure their C02 footprint with Green Key's free carbon footprint tool (criterion 1.7)
  • All awarded establishments have to register their energy use at least once a month (criterion 7.1)
  • 75% of all light bulbs have to be energy efficient (criterion 7.3),
  • The use of energy-efficient electronic equipment and devices in the rooms (criteria 7.8, 7.13 & 7.17) and offices (7.27) is required. 
  • The tourism establishments have to maintain their electronic appliances on a regular basis to ensure energy efficient operation (criteria 7.4, 7.5, 7.6 & 7.14)
  • Electronic appliances are managed in an energy-efficient way, e.g. through automatic switch-offs or seasonal adjustments (criteria 7.2, 7.9, 7.10, 7.11, 7.18, 7.19, 7.20, 7.22, 7.26 & 7.28)
  • Proper insulation of the buildings and equipment reduces the energy consumption (criterion 7.7, 7.12, 7.24 & 7.25) 
  • Green Key awarded establishments are encouraged to use eco-certified or renewable energies (criterion 7.16)

Green Key also improves education and awareness-raising in regard to climate change among guests, staff and suppliers: 

  • Information about energy saving initiatives of the establishment must be available for guests (criterion 3.7) and they should be encouraged to participate in the initiatives (criterion 3.4)
  • The staff must be well-trained about the environmental initiatives of the awarded establishment (criteria 2.1 & 2.3)
  • Suppliers and third-party businesses are involved in the environmental initiatives of the awarded establishment and encouraged to operate in the spirit of Green Key (criteria 13.3 & 13.5) 

In addition, Green Key encourages the use of sustainable transportation:

  • The awarded establishment must be able to inform guests about local public transportation systems, shuttle bus or cycling/walking alternatives (criterion 3.6)
  • The establishment must also be able to inform guests about the nearest place to rent bikes (criterion 12.2) or offer rental bikes themselves (criterion 12.3)
  • It is recommended within the Green Key criteria to encourage the staff to use public transportation from and to the establishment (criterion 13.10)

A document describing Green Key’s overall contribution to all 17 Sustainable Development Goals can be downloaded here.

Green Key and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals: SDG #12

Green Key is a leading standard of excellence in the field of sustainable tourism, guiding tourism establishments in doing their part in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN. In our new feature series we will present each of the 17 SDGs and explain their connection to Green Key. 

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In 2015, the UN member states adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals to guide governments, the private sector and civil society in transforming our world into safer, fairer and more livable place.   

Sustainability lies at the heart of Green Key, which is why the programme inherently contributes to all of the 17 goals. Today, we talk about Goal 12: "Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns".        

According to the UN "Achieving Goal 12 requires a strong national framework for sustainable consumption and production that is integrated into national and sectoral plans, sustainable business practices and consumer behaviour, together with adherence to international norms on the management of hazardous chemicals and wastes."

How does Green Key help to achieve Goal 12?

Green Key helps both tourism establishments and their guests to make more sustainable consumption decisions:

Tourism establishments

  • One target of Goal 12 is to "achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources by 2030". Green Key makes high demands on its awarded sites regarding the management of resources such as water, energy and food. To name a few:

- Water-saving devices (criteria 4.4, 4.5 & 4.6) and energy-saving light bulbs (criterion 7.3) are a must in all awarded establishments.

- The buildings and the equipment have to be managed in such a way as to reduce the consumption of electricity and heat to a maximum. This includes e.g proper insulation (criteria 7.12, 7.24 & 7.25) or use of sensors for automatic switch-offs (criterion 7.11, 7.19, 7.22 & 7.26).

- For the effective monitoring of the use of resources, separate water and electricity metres are being recommended in the criteria (criteria 4.11 & 7.21).

  • Food waste is another issue that is being addressed in connection to Goal 12. Green Key encourages their establishments to keep records of their food waste and to have a waste reduction plan in place (criterion 8.4). Awarded sites are furthermore encouraged to compost their organic waste (criterion 6.17).
  • The environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes as defined in the targets of Goal 12 are also an integral part of the Green Key criteria. The programme has a whole category of criteria dealing with the responsible management and reduction of waste (category 6) and different criteria that deal with the responsible handling of chemicals (criteria 5.2, 5.3, 5.6, 5.7, 6.7&6.8). 
  • Green Key awarded establishments are also encouraged to inform their suppliers and third-party businesses to operate in line with Green Key's criteria (criteria 13.3&13.5).

Tourists and guests

  • Green Key is a guidepost in sustainable consumption, as it highlights tourism establishments that adhere to strict environmental and CSR criteria. 
  • Thanks to the cooperation with several online travel agencies customers can easily find Green Key awarded establishments on different booking websites. 
  • Not only does Green Key help consumers to identify sustainable tourism establishments, but awarded establishments also inform them about sustainable practices during their stay (category 3 of Green Key's criteria). 

A document describing Green Key’s overall contribution to all 17 Sustainable Development Goals can be downloaded here.

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Green Key and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals: SDG #11

Green Key is a leading standard of excellence in the field of sustainable tourism, guiding tourism establishments in doing their part in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN. In our new feature series we will present each of the 17 SDGs and explain their connection to Green Key. 

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In 2015, the UN member states adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals to guide governments, the private sector and civil society in transforming our world into safer, fairer and more livable place.   

Sustainability lies at the heart of Green Key, which is why the programme inherently contributes to all of the 17 goals. Today, we talk about Goal 11: "Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable".

Goal 11 addresses the rapid growth of urban settlements that leads to unsustainable developments. Many fast-growing cities face environmental challenges such as water and air pollution, and need to rethink their resource and waste management.                                               

In many cities, overtourism puts an additional pressure on the urban environment. Tourism establishments use resources like water and energy, take urban space and strain on urban infrastructures. Furthermore, tourists put pressure on the natural and cultural heritage of urban spaces if not managed sustainable.

How does Green Key help to achieve goal 11?

  • Sustainable transportation systems are one target of goal 11. Green Key supports the use of sustainable transportation means through various criteria (criterion 3.6, 12.2, 12.3 & 13.10)
  • Green Key awarded establishments reduce the use of resources such as water (criteria category 4) and energy (criteria category 7) to lower their pressure on the local environment. 
  • The waste management is considered to be one of the main challenges in fast growing urban settlements. The management and reduction of waste is an integral part of the Green Key programme and is embedded in many different criteria (criteria category 6)   

 

A document describing Green Key’s overall contribution to all 17 Sustainable Development Goals can be downloaded here.

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Green Key and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals: SDG #10

Green Key is a leading standard of excellence in the field of sustainable tourism, guiding tourism establishments in doing their part in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN. In our new feature series we will present each of the 17 SDGs and explain their connection to Green Key. 

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In 2015, the UN member states adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals to guide governments, the private sector and civil society in transforming our world into safer, fairer and more livable place.   

Sustainability lies at the heart of Green Key, which is why the programme inherently contributes to all of the 17 goals. Today, we talk about Goal 10: "Reduce inequality within and among countries".

In many developing countries, tourism is an important source of income and employment. However, these positive effects often do not reach those parts of society that would need it the most. If managed sustainably, however, tourism business can make a valuable contribution to the eradication of discrimination and inequalities. 

How does Green Key help to achieve goal 10?

  • Green Key awarded establishments ensure to Green Key that it is in compliance with international, national and local legislation and its CSR policy regarding the environment, health, safety and labour. This includes fair salaries and fair treatment without discrimination (criterion 11.1)
  • Green Key furthermore supports equality in employment (criterion 11.3)

Green Key and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals: SDG #9

Green Key is a leading standard of excellence in the field of sustainable tourism, guiding tourism establishments to do their part in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN. In our new feature series we will present each of the 17 SDGs and explain their connection to Green Key. 

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In 2015, the UN member states adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals to guide governments, the private sector and civil society in transforming our world into safer, fairer and more livable place.   

Sustainability lies at the heart of Green Key, which is why the programme inherently contributes to all of the 17 goals. Today, we talk about Goal 9: "Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation"

Sustainable development depends on innovation and technological process that help to optimise the use of resources and help to minimise the environmental impact of infrastructures. 

How does Green Key help to achieve Goal 9?

The Green Key programme promotes innovation and sustainable infrastructure in several ways:

  • Reduction in the consumption of water, heat and energy through the use of latest technologies such as energy-saving appliances (criteria category 7), water-saving technologies and devices (criteria category 4) and proper insulation of buildings (7.12, 7.24 & 7.25)
  • Promotion of renewable energy (criterion 7.16)
  • Support of local initiatives that i.a. promote sustainable infrastructure developments (11.4)
  • Promotion of sustainable transportation like public transportation or biking (criterion 3.6, 12.2, 12.3 & 13.10 )

A document describing Green Key’s overall contribution to all 17 Sustainable Development Goals can be downloaded here.

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