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The Green Key : Camping and Environnement 
 

Ecology in the Jura: The domaine de l'Epinette has been committed to respecting the environment for several years.
The Domaine de l'Epinette meets the Green Key standard.
 
An environmental standard for tourist accommodation.


The Green key is a standard that rewards tourist accommodation for their dynamism in matters of environmental management.
 
Created in 1994 in Denmark by the HORESTA federation of hotels, it was adapted in 1998 for French campsites, by the French office of the Foundation for Environmental Education in Europe (of-FEEE), in cooperation with the hotel trade (FNHPA – national federation of open air hotel businesses).
In February 2005, the standard was extended to include hotels in France, also in partnership with the hotel trade (UMIH – hotel industry trade union).

The Green Key is developing progressively across all categories of tourist accommodation in order to meet demand. It already includes many self-catering gites and B&Bs among its holders.

In France, 185 establishments have been awarded the standard in 2006 and 500 in Europe.


The Green Key is an international program of education in environment.

Based on fundamental principles for the correct use of natural resources and responsible daily practices for the preservation of the environment, it brings satisfaction on the one hand to clients who are preoccupied with the protection of the natural habitat and on the other hand to businesses concerned with reconciling the quality of the services they provide and the reduction of the environmental impact.

The criteria for receiving the standard evolve over time guaranteeing a high performance of environmental management ongoing.

While answering its primary calling to education and the environment, the Green Key is a powerful promotional tool for tourism.
 
The candidate application form gives the opportunity for tourist accommodation managers to assess their own environmental situation and plan improvements that need to be made to obtain and/or keep the standard. The candidates and award-winners enjoy the benefit of jury recommendations and visits that form part of a yearly accompaniment. The of-FEEE puts its experience and know-how with regards environmental education at their disposal.

The Criteria :

To obtain the Green Key, the candidates must meet a set of criteria split up into 6 families :
- Education in the environment: commitment of those who work in the camping business, raising customer awareness of nature and respect for the environment
- General management of the environment: respect for legislation, setting up environmental projects over 2 years, getting suppliers involved, using products that respect the environment, promoting regional products

- Waste management: reducing quantities at source (using collective packaging), sorting waste (with regards waste criteria, recommendations for optimising their correct transportation towards recycling channels, requested by Eco-Emballages).
- Water management: standardised water purification, regular meter monitoring, economical equipment (taps, showers, WC), reasonable levels of watering
- Energy management: regular monitoring of consumption, insulation of heated buildings, use of renewable energies, low energy light bulbs

- Facilities on the site (for campsites): green areas, occupancy density, traffic management


The standard is awarded for one year.
 
Winner promotion
International promotion through postings on French and international websites

(www.laclefverte.org and www.green-key.org

Winning campsites are referenced in the “Bel Air” guide, in the “Officiel des Terrains” guide, in the German ADAC guide)
Promotion in the national and regional press during press conferences organised for the promotion of the prize list.
 
The partners
The “Fédération Nationale de l’Hôtellerie de Plein Air” - national federation of open air hotel businesses, the “Fédération française de Camping-Caravaning”, the “Union des Métiers de l’Industrie Hôtelière” - hotel industry trade union, the “Bel Air” guide, “François Tourisme” consultants, the “Eco-Emballages” company, the O’Hara company, the “Fédération des Offices de Tourisme et Syndicats d’Initiative” – Federation of tourist information offices.
 
International development
Since 2002, the Green Key is officially the fifth program of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), bringing together 41 countries at present and has been a member of the World Tourism Organisation since 2005.
The Green Key is currently present in 6 countries (Denmark, France, Sweden, Estonia, Lithuania, The Netherlands) and is progressing into other countries of the FEE network, including Morocco, Portugal, Italy, Belgium, Cyprus.
 
Information : Marie Leplay
Of-FEEE, 36 rue Amelot 75011 Paris, Tel.: +44 (0)1 45 49 02 09
contact@laclefverte.org




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