In addition to a wide variety of natural landscapes and activities at their holiday destination, many travellers feel it is very important for their accommodation to be ecologically responsible. They want to stay in establishments where sustainability and environmental awareness are integral features; this includes the efficient use of energy, avoiding using one-use packaging, encouraging recycling, and the availability of organic regional food specialities.
On 24 November 2015, Secretary of State of the Economy Francine Closener handed over certificates to those establishments meeting the criteria for being awarded the EcoLabel, a label certifying ecologically responsible accommodation.
Eleven tourist establishments (three hotels, four camp sites, two youth hostels and two group accommodation facilities) have been awarded the EcoLabel certificate this year. Depending on the result they obtain when they are audited, the establishments are grouped in three categories – gold, silver and bronze. The successfully audited establishments will be entitled to use the EcoLabel logo for the next three years. The label guides the choice of guests wanting to stay in ecologically responsible tourist establishments.
To be entitled to use the EcoLabel, establishments must meet nearly eighty criteria and are required to instigate specific action in fields as varied as water, energy, waste, cleaning, and supplies. Applying advanced environmental management not only enables an establishment to fulfil its ecological commitments; it also ensures savings, particularly with regard to waste, water and electricity.
The EcoLabel is the result of collaboration between the Ministry of the Economy and the Oekozenter Pafendall asbl; it also has the support of the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructures. The audit is based on a catalogue of internationally recognised criteria.
The eleven newly certified establishments in the three categories are:
- Novotel Luxembourg Kirchberg (silver category)
- Hôtel de la Sûre, Esch-sur-Sûre (silver)
- Golden Tulip Central Molitor, Luxembourg City (silver)
- 'Nord' camp site, Goebelsmühle (gold category)
- 'Val d'Or' camp site, Enscherange (gold)
- Ettelbruck camp site (silver)
- 'St Hubert' camp site, Harlange (bronze)
Accommodation for groups
- Luxembourg City youth hostel (gold category)
- Lultzhausen youth hostel, Lultzhausen (gold)
- 'Misaershaff' training centre for young people, Arsdorf (silver)
- 'Marjaashaff' activities and leisure centre, Liefrange (silver)
(Source: press release from the Ministry of the Economy)