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. 


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.