The SSTL is a third-party assessed, points-based certification scheme. In order to achieve the Label a hotel needs to demonstrate that it has adopted a minimum number of sustainable business practices. Some practices are required for all businesses while others are optional.
Some enterprises choosing to participate in the SSTL will have no difficulty in meeting all the criteria. For others, sustainability will be a longer journey.
The criteria have been designed to be inclusive and encourage an incremental approach to sustainability.
There are three basic criteria that a participating enterprise must meet to achieve the SSTL.
- Fulfil all the 24 “must” criteria
- Achieve a minimum score for each theme (5 points for small enterprises (1-24 rooms), 6 for medium (25 to 50 rooms), 7 for large (51+ rooms)
- Score an additional six points in any area
A small hotel needs just 46 points to earn the Label. These must include at least five points in each theme area. For a medium size hotel 54 points are needed with six points in each theme, as for a large hotel 62 points are needed with seven points in each area.
This spread of points ensures that certified businesses achieve a minimum standard across all areas of sustainability as well as allowing businesses to excel in particular areas such as energy conservation, or recycling.
From time to time, in recognition of improved industry standards, it will be necessary to increase the minimum score needed for certification. SSTL will provide advance warning of any changes to the minimum scores and give operators the opportunity to comment on any changes to the criteria.
The interested hotel can apply by way of a letter or email to email@example.com and should attach the following documents:
Attached is a copy of the completed Application Form.
A copy of the completed assessment form ( internal audit results).
These documents can be downloaded from our site. Technical assistance for the internal audit can be sourced through our pool of third party assessors. Please contact us for a list.
An application fee applies. Small hotels 1 to 24 rooms 400 euros, medium sized hotels 25 to 50 rooms 800 euros and large hotels 51 rooms and above 1000 euros. Please note that 50% of the application fee will be co-financed under the UNDP/GEF funded BD programme for the year 2012 and 25% co financing will be available during 2013.