Application Process

All tourism facilities such as hotels, hostels and conference venues can apply to be certified by Green Key.

A business interested in getting certified with Green Key needs to start by internally going through Green Key's set of criteria and apply it to their own business. Once this is done, and application has been filled out and sent, a consultant will visit the business to go through the facilities and make sure that the criteria are met.

If any improvements are needed, the secretariat of Green Key will  together with the business come up with a strategy in regards to how the criteria that were not met can be improved.  The business also needs to provide documentation of their environmental policies and an action plan, information about energy labeling as well as cleaning products.

When the secretariat of Green Key has evaluated the business and believes that all criteria of the certification have been met, the case will be forwarded to Green Key Denmark's Jury for final approval.

Time Frame

The time frame for receiving a Green Key certification varies, depending greatly on how far the business has reached in regards to their sustainability efforts, their application as well as their documentation. The preparation as well as the adjustment  process usually takes longer than the approval of the application and the granting of the certification.

How much does it cost to be Green Key certified?

It should not be expensive to act sustainably. Usually the membership  fee will be worth it as the certification efforts will increase or maintain revenue as well as minimize operating costs for the business.

The yearly fee for Green Key has been kept at a lower level than other similar labeling systems on the market. It is also free to apply to Green Key.

Fees for hotels, hostels as well as conference facilities:
The yearly cost is 4 000 DKK + 40 DKK per room and a 500 DKK marketing fee.

A hotel with 50 rooms will yearly cost 6 000 DKK + the marketing fee.