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Food services and conference facilities 110

Food services and conference facilities without accommodation, such as canteens, commercial kitchens, restaurants, cafés and conference centres are included in the product group. Catering, take-away and fast food restaurants can also be certified with the Nordic Swan Ecolabel.

A Nordic Swan Ecolabelled food service and conference facilities must meet strict environmental requirements and take a holistic approach to environmental work related to energy, water, food, waste, chemicals, and procurement. The company must work in a structured and dynamic way to reduce their consumption of resources and to optimize their daily operations with regard to the environment.

The requirements include:

  • Reducing their environmental footprint by serving more sustainable food. For example, by offering vegetarian food, preferably use locally produced ingredients, and by avoiding endangered fish and seafood species. Palm oil cannot be used in the fryer.
  • Serving a high proportion of organic food and drink.
  • Energy and CO2-reducing measures to limit the environmental footprint.
  • Efficient use of water.
  • Efficient recycling, to ensure material recycling and a more circular use of resources.
  • Implementing routines to prevent food waste.
  • No use of disposable items in daily serving.
  • Strict environmental requirements for disposable items for catering, take away and fast food.
  • Limiting harmful and unwanted chemicals by using ecolabelled products for general cleaning, dish washing and laundry.
  • The use of several ecolabelled products and services.
  • Training of the employees so that everyone is involved in the environmental work.
  • Fees valid from 21 June 2021

    Application fee

    Application for a new licence 1 750 EUR
    Application for a renewed licence when the requirements have been tightened 1 000 EUR

    Annual licence fee

    The licence fee for the ecolabelled facility is based on its turnover.

    The fee is 0,1 % of the facility's turnover up to 1,8 million EUR. 
    The fee is 0,03 % of the facility's turnover for the amount exceeding 1,8 million EUR.
    The minimum fee is 1 000 EUR per year. The maximum fee is 4 000 EUR per year.

    Fee for extension / change of licence

    Fixed fee that is charged depending on how long the work takes.

    Up to 4 hours 375 EUR
    4–8 hours 750 EUR
    8 or more hours 1 500 EUR

    Fee for on-site inspections

    One on-site inspection is included when applying for a new or renewed licence.

    Additional on-site inspections are 500 EUR per visit.


    Fees for chains valid from 21 June 2021

    The fees below apply to chains wherein five or more facilities, all sharing identical brand and similar concepts, are licenced with the Nordic Swan Ecolabel on a national level. This requires that the facilities apply for the licences together in a coordinated way, and they must also keep the coordination during the validity period of the licences.

    Application fee

    The fees below are invoiced when applying for a new licence.

    Fee for the first facility in a chain 1 750 EUR
    Fee for each additional facility part of the chain  750 EUR


    The fees below are invoiced when applying for a renewed licence when the requirements have been tightened.

    Fee for the first facility in a chain 1 000 EUR
    Fee for each additional facility part of the chain  375 EUR

    Annual licence fee

    For chains, the annual fee is calculated as a fixed rate of 1 200 EUR per facility.

    Fee for extension / change of licence

    Fixed fee that is charged depending on how long the work takes.

    Up to 4 hours 375 EUR
    4–8 hours 750 EUR
    8 or more hours 1 500 EUR

    Fee for on-site inspections

    One on-site inspection is included when applying for a new or renewed licence for the first facility part of a chain.

    Additional on-site inspections are 500 EUR per visit.


    Ecolabelling Sweden AB has no financial profit purpose and is financed through the fees above along with an annual government grant. The company is however liable for VAT according to article 56 of the Council Directive 2006/112/EC.

    All fees are stated excluding VAT.

    Invoicing is made in SEK with the exchange rate from the first banking day of the year.

    When a facility applies for a new licence for the first time, no annual licence fee is invoiced the year of approval. When applying for a renewed licence, both the renewal fee and the annual licence fee will be invoiced.

     

  • Information about the latest version of the criteria for Nordic Swan Ecolabelled food services and conference facilities

    1.0: Adoption of criteria 

    Criteria for Food services and conference facilities was decided på the Nordic Ecolabelling Board on the 21 June 2021. Version 1.0 is valid until 30 June 2026.