The ECO certification scheme is the national standard 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 by the Malta Tourism Authority in 2002 and today represents over 16% of hotel accommodation covering 5-star, 4-star and 3-star categories. The scheme was then updated in 2008 and later in June 2012 where it was revised to be in line with the GSTC criteria. GSTC fully recognised the updated criteria meaning that the new sustainable tourism standard was reviewed by the Council’s technical experts and Accreditation Panel and deemed equivalent to the GSTC criteria for sustainable tourism.
The new criteria follow a shift from an environmental scheme to a sustainable scheme covering environmental, social, cultural, economic, quality and health & safety. Third party audits are carried out every two years to ensure that the hotels are meeting the requirements of the scheme. To date 23 hotels are certified, 5 are at application stage whilst a number of others have expressed interest in joining the scheme.
The following are the main areas covered by the current criteria:
1. Sustainability management systems
2. Waste management
4. Control of chemicals
7. Air quality
9. Building and green areas
10. Local culture & national surroundings
11. Communication with customers
Eco Application Form
For more information on the scheme kindly contact the Quality Development Unit on 22915272/3 or email@example.com or view some Frequently Asked Questions.