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Green Key

We are known for accrediting the country’s best beaches, schools and green spaces. Now we run the Green Key award in England – celebrating the most sustainably-run hotels and venues.

Running worldwide in 54 countries, 2,500 establishments currently hold the award, including our first two Green Key-awarded hotels in England. So whether you are home or away, you can continue making greener choices by staying at a Green Key hotel.

"When you stay in a Green Key hotel, you are reducing your environmental footprint by staying somewhere that makes more sustainable choices.”

- Allison Ogden-Newton, Chief Executive, Keep Britain Tidy


Green Key is managed by Keep Britain Tidy on behalf of the Foundation for Environmental Education.


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Supporting hotels to achieve their Green Key


We are currently working with a range of hotels and venues, supporting them to make their working practise more sustainable and to work towards the Green Key award. If you are interested in finding our more, please get in touch.

The Green Key criteria


Each applicant is assessed against the following criteria:

  • Staff involvement
  • Environmental management
  • Guest information
  • Water
  • Energy
  • Washing and cleaning
  • Food and beverages
  • Waste
  • Administration
  • Indoor environment
  • Green areas
  • Green activities
  • Corporate Social Responsibility

What others say...


Thierry Henrot, General Manager at Sheraton Skyline, said, “It is such an honour to receive this prestigious award and we, at the Sheraton Skyline Hotel, are very proud to have been recognised and awarded with Green Key for this year.

“We are very committed to providing the most environmental friendly and sustainable establishment for our guests and we are very passionate in training and educating our employees to maintain our sustainable practices throughout the hotel. It is our goal to ensure that our guests are happy and their needs are met through our environmental practices and the values we strive to achieve.”

Eveline Noort, General Manager at Le Meridien, said, “We are really proud to receive the Green Key label for the fifth consecutive year. Le Méridien Piccadilly Hotel is committed to preserving the environment and playing an active role in keeping Britain tidy.

“Since February 2012, Le Méridien Piccadilly Hotel set up its own Green Team made up of hotel associates whose aim is to develop, implement and oversee numerous sustainable initiatives. The results of our efforts and determination were recognised in November 2012 by becoming the first hotel in the UK to receive the Green Key Award, a step-by-step environmental management programme specifically designed for the hospitality industry. Thanks to the hotel guests' and associates' efforts, Le Méridien Piccadilly is continuously achieving significant environmental achievements."

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