"Green Key" 2015 : two new certifications and 28 renewals in Brussels

The  "Green Key" international eco-label, honouring tourist establishments for their environmental achievements, has just unveiled its "Promotion 2015" for Brussels: the Thon Hotel Bristol Stephanie was certified in December, while the hotel NH Brussels du Grand Sablon was certified in June 2015.

All certified establishments have renewed their certification, bringing the number of certifications in the Region to 30. Therefore, nearly 20% of recognized hotel rooms in the Brussels Region and 80% of youth hostel capacity have earned this prestigious eco-label.

As a reminder, the Green Key is a neutral and independent international eco-label geared toward tourist establishments. Created in 1994 and managed internationally through a non-profit association (the FEE - Foundation for Environmental Education), it now recognizes more than 2,350 facilities in 50

countries.

In the Brussels-Capital Region, its implementation is handled by the Inter-Environment Wallonia Federation (IEW) in conjunction with various partners including visit.brussels, Wallonia-Brussels Tourism, the Brussels Hotels Association, and Brussels Special Venues.

Below is a description of the newly certified establishments as well as those that were renewed in 2015.

The new certifications went to:

The Thon Hotel Bristol Stephanie (Avenue Louise 91-93 - Louizalaan,1050 Brussels)

This four-stars hotel located in the Louise district decided to obtain the Green Key after earning the "eco-dynamic enterprise" label. Aside from its compliance with required Green Key criteria, the establishment especially distinguishes itself with:

• its waste management, in particular the tap water served to groups and the reduction of individual packaging in its breakfast service;

• the water-saving measures put in place, especially individual meters, reduced consumption by toilets, showers, and faucets and the use of microfibre cleaning rags;

• the measures implemented to save energy, especially individual meters, the closure of floors during low season, the energy audit performed, the insulation of hot water supply pipes, the use of renewable energy, and the highpercentage of efficient light bulbs (90%);

• the efforts to raise awareness among customers via collaboration with GoodPlanet and the "Do not clean my room" card system;

• the steps undertaken to offer customers more sustainable food (vegetarian menus);

• its business with environmentally conscious suppliers;

• Its programme of chemical-free cleaning.

The hotel NH Brussels du Grand Sablon (2-4 rue Bondenbroek-straat, 1000 Brussels)

Aside from its compliance with Green Key required criteria, this prestigious 196-rooms down-town

Brussels hotel sets itself apart by :

• water usage monitoring and reduction: separate water meters, low-flow showers and faucets, the use of microfibre rags in order to reduce water use and minimize chemicals used for cleaning;

• its variety of energy-saving measures: use of renewable energy, high number of efficient light bulbs, eco-friendly ventilation system, insulation of hot water pipes;

• its waste prevention measures, especially the fact that it serves tap water to its guests;

• sustainable food and vegetarian menus offered to customers;

• environmental communication, especially in terms of the "eco-meetings" promotion;

• its corporate social responsibility efforts ("Diversity" training).

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