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Green Tourism Business Scheme

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The GTBS is the national sustainable tourism certification scheme for the UK & Ireland with over 2400 members. It is the only national certification programme endorsed by the National tourism agencies.

Businesses opting to join Green Tourism are assessed by a qualified grading advisor against a rigorous set of 145 criteria, covering a range of areas, including energy and water efficiency, waste management, purchasing, travel, biodiversity and more. Those businesses that meet the required standard, receive a Bronze, Silver, or Gold award based on their level of achievement. They are regraded once every two years.

The current network of members is comprised of a wide range of business types, including accommodation providers, visitor attractions, activity providers, conference and events venues, corporate offices and others.

Learn more: Green Tourism Business Scheme websiteExternal Site

Conformity assessment | How is compliance with this ecolabel's standard ensured?

Conformity with Green Tourism Business Scheme's standard is verified by an independent organization (third party) following ISO 19011 QMS and EMS auditing (and auditor qualifications)

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Applicants are certified against the ecolabels’s criteria before using the label

Managing organization | Who manages this ecolabel?

Name

Green Business UK Ltd

Member of

Other

Type

Non-profit

Also manages

None.

Member of: ICRT


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Ecolabel details | What are the characteristics of the standard(s) related to this ecolabel?

  • Applicable life cycle and supply chain phases
  • Social and environmental attributes
  • Mutual recognition with other ecolabels
  • Standard details, including standard document, review frequency

Ecolabel development | How were the standards for this ecolabel developed?

  • Standard development and management process
  • Standard-setting norms followed for development of the ecolabel's standard
  • Type of standard-setting process, external stakeholders, and funding sources

Conformity Assessment | How is compliance with this ecolabel's standard ensured?

  • Requirements to achieve certification (i.e. chain of custody, site visits, metrics)
  • Audit / surveillance requirements
  • Duration of certification, time to achieve certification

Managing organization | Who manages this ecolabel?

  • Contact details, primary contact
  • Organizational details including year established, funding, and governance

Additional information | Including:

  • Compliance type (pass / fail / tiered)
  • Target audience (consumers / retailers / manufacturers / etc)

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Key data

Year ecolabel est. 1997

Classification | Who, what, where

Product categories this ecolabel applies to
Tourism


Where this ecolabel is found
Canada Ireland United Kingdom



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Last updated: 13 March 2014