The ECO certification is the national scheme for ensuring the environmental, socioeconomic, and cultural sustainability of hotels on the Maltese Islands and has been recognised by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council as fully reflecting the GSTC criteria.
The scheme was launched in 2002 and today represents over 16% of hotels covering 5-star, 4-star and 3-star categories.
The scheme covers environmental, social, cultural, economic, quality and health & safety aspects. Third party audits are carried out every two years to ensure that the hotels are meeting the requirements of the scheme.
The main areas covered by the current criteria are: Sustainability management systems; Waste management; Purchasing; Control of chemicals; Energy; Water; Air quality; Noise; Building and green areas; Local culture & national surroundings; and Communication with customers.