The European Commission has adopted on January 2017 a revised set of criteria for the service group "Tourism Accommodation" under the EU Ecolabel. This will contribute to the continued efforts of providing companies and consumers with a credible ecolabel to promote sustainable consumption and production, enhancing circular economy within Europe.
The revised criteria for Tourist Accommodation guarantee limited energy and water consumption, reduced waste and improved labour conditions for employees. The EU Ecolabel allows those certified to stand out amongst other hotels in terms of environmental excellence and corporate social responsibility.
Currently there are 796 licences that are held by individual entrepreneurs or big hotel groups (such as Scandic or Hilton), however the European Commission is looking for more licences and greater visibility among consumers.
The EU Ecolabel is a voluntary environmental labelling scheme established by the European Commission in 1992 and a component of the European Commission's Action Plan on Sustainable Consumption and Production.