The Green Wall has been recognised as an initiative that promotes the advancement of the Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation.
Tourism & Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, world leaders at the United Nations committed all countries to pursue 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) to be achieved by 2030.
The SDGs set the world on a path for sustainable development and tourism can play a significant role in delivering solutions that meet some of these goals either directly or indirectly.
Hotels and resorts that have received an eco-label have taken steps to achieving several SDG’s. Green Globe for example identified three key goals that relate to sustainable tourism and are built into their more than 40 sustainability criteria to receive certification:
- Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth;
- Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production; and
- Goal 14: Life below water.
The Green Wall – Tourism for SDG’s
The United Nations World Tourism Organisation has recognised The Green Wall as an initiative that promotes the advancement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Green Wall aims to empower everyday consumers with information about products and services that are being sold today to reduce consumers impact on the environment. This will help in the shift to a low carbon economy and increased the demand for sustainable products and services.
Hotels & Resorts are a key pillar on The Green Wall, where accommodation is only listed if it has received a certification from a leading certification scheme.
By making the choice to stay in a hotel or resort that has been certified by an eco-label such as Green Globe, Green Key, Travelife or NEPCon, travellers are choosing accommodation that have taken steps to achieve several SGD’s.
In addition to the Goals identified above by Green Globe that are built into their sustainability criteria, hotels and resorts could also achieve Goals 6, 7, 11 and 13 for clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, sustainable cities and communities and climate action, respectively.
For example, our currently featured hotel – Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa, has adopted several sustainable actions that support the SDG’s including: A solar powered buggy; Recycling approximately 50% of the resorts waste; Sending plastics to be recycled into products like branded shoes; Replacing plastic bottles resulting in avoiding 120,000 bottles per year; and Replacing plastic straws with paper straws.
To search for hotels and resorts that have achieved an eco-label certification, visit The Green Wall’s Hotels & Resorts page.