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To meet our customers' needs in a better way, Nordic Ecolabelling has divided the old criteria document for hotels, restaurants and conferences into two documents:

The criteria group includes all types of hotels and other accommodation – with or without restaurants and / or conference facilities. 

A company certified by the Nordic Swan Ecolabel meets ambitious environmental requirements and has taken a holistic approach to its environmental work connected to energy, water, food, waste, biological diversity, chemicals and procurement. The hotel has an active and structured approach to reduce its consumption and optimize operations. 

The criteria for a Nordic Swan Ecolabelled hotel and other accomodation include:

  • Limit value for energy use
  • Prohibition of fossil oil or gas for heating. 
  • Energy and CO2-reducing measures to limit the environmental footprint.
  • Limit value for water use 
  • Efficient use of water
  • Limit value for residual waste
  • Effective sorting of waste to ensure recycling of materials and more circular use of resources
  • Implementing routines to prevent food waste.
  • No use of disposable items in daily serving.
  • Strict environmental demands for single use items for catering, take-away and fast food 
  • Reduction of environmental footprint by serving more sustainable food. 
  • Measures to ensure biological diversity on the hotel grounds
  • Use of ecolabelled products for general cleaning, dishwashing and laundry to limit undesirable chemicals.
  • Use of several ecolabelled products and services.
  • Training of employees to include everyone in the environmental work.
  • Valid from 1 January 2022 Amount excluding VAT

    Application fee

    Application for a new licence 2 200 EUR.
    Application for a renewed licence when the requirements have been tightened 1 100 EUR.

    Annual licence fee

    The licence fee for the Nordic Swan Ecolabelled business is based on its turnover The fee is 0,1 % of the business's turnover up to 1,8 million EUR. 
    The fee is 0,03 % of the business's turnover for the amount exceeding 1,8 million EUR.
    Minimum fee 1 000 EUR per year.
    Maximum fee 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


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

    Valid from 1 January 2022 Amount excluding VAT

    Application fee

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

    Fee for the first business in a chain 2 200 EUR.
    Fee for each additional business part of the chain  1 500 EUR.


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

    Fee for the first business in a chain 1 100 EUR.
    Fee for each additional business part of the chain  750 EUR.

    Annual licence fee

    For chains, the annual fee is calculated as a fixed rate of 1 600 EUR per business.

    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.


    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 European Council Directive 2006/112/EC.

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

    When a business 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 on the latest version of the criteria for hotels and other accomodations

    5.0: New criteria version

    A new version of Nordic Ecolabel's criteria for hotels and other accomodation have been published. (Criteria for Food services and Conference facilities is from now on a new product group.) The most important changes in this version are:

    • Limit value for energy use
    • Prohibition of fossil oil or gas for heating.
    • Energy and CO2-reducing measures to limit the environmental footprint.
    • Limit value for water use
    • Efficient use of water
    • Limit value for residual waste
    • Effective sorting of waste to ensure recycling of materials and more circular use of resources
    • Implementing routines to prevent food waste.
    • No use of disposable items in daily serving.
    • Strict environmental demands for single use items for catering, take-away and fast food
    • Reduction of environmental footprint by serving more sustainable food.
    • Measures to ensure biological diversity on the hotel grounds
    • Use of ecolabelled products for general cleaning, dishwashing and laundry to limit undesirable chemicals.
    • Use of several ecolabelled products and services.
    • Training of employees to include everyone in the environmental work.

    The new version, 5.0, is valid until 31 December 2026.

    4.7 ⇛ 4.8: Prolongation of the validity of the criteria

    The criteria have been prolonged with 5 months and are valid until 31 May 2022. The new version is 4.8.

    4.6 ⇛ 4.7: Prolongation of the validity of the criteria

    The criteria have been prolonged with 12 months and are valid until 31 December 2022. The new version is 4.7.

    4.5 ⇛ 4.6: Prolongation of the validity of the criteria

    The criteria have been prolonged with 12 months and are valid until 31 December 2021. The new version is 4.6.

    4.4 ⇛ 4.5: New alternative requirements for restaurants and Prolongation of the validity of the criteria

    A new chapter (Ch. 5 Alternative requirements for restaurants) with requirements for restaurants that do not operate with a hotel business or conference centre has been added to the criteria.

    The most important differences in relation to the requirements for restaurants that operate with a hotel business or conference centre are:

    • No obligatory limit values on energy and water.
    • The requirements for organic food and beverages have become stricter.
    • New requirements on food waste.

    The new version, 4.5, is valid until December 31, 2020.

    4.3 ⇛ 4.4: Alteration of criteria

    Changes have been made in requirements O38 Minimum proportion of organic foodstuffs and beverages and P28 Organic food and beverages.

    The new version, 4.4, is valid until December 31st 2018.

    4.2 ⇛ 4.3: Clarification of criteria

    • O17: A clarification of the documentation requirement has been introduced.

    The new version, 4.3, is valid until December 31st 2018.

    4.1 ⇛ 4.2: Adjustment of criteria

    Adjustments have been made in the following requirements:

    • O5: Limit values for water consumption
    • O6: Limit values for waste
    • O11: Ecolabelled cleaning products
    • P23: Ecolabel durable goods
    • P24: Ecolabelled services
    • O25/O38: Minimum proportion of organic foodstuffs and beverages
    • P28: Organic foods and beverages

    Furthermore, requirement O34, marketing, has been removed from all criteria documents.

    The new version, 4.2, is valid until December 31st 2018.

    4.0 ⇛ 4.1: Adjustment of criteria

    Adjustments have been made in the following requirements:

    • O4 Limit values for energy
    • O38 Minimum proportion of organic foodstuffs and beverages
    • O39 Vegetarian dishes
    • P30 Vegetarian restaurant
    • O34 Marketing: A new requirement has been introduced.
    • O2 Conference facilities: External suppliers of restaurant services
    • O15 Purchasing procedures – chemical products
    • P14 Dosage of dishwasher drying agents
    • O19 When purchasing Newly purchased low energy lamps, fluorescent tubes and LEDs
    • O25/O38 Minimum proportion of organic foodstuffs and beverages
    • P28 Organic food and beverages
    • P29 Proportion of fish and shellfish labelled as sustainable

    The new version, containing all changes above is 4.1. It is valid until December 31st 2018.

    4.0: New criteria version

    A new version of Nordic Ecolabel's criteria for hotels, restaurants and conference facilities have been published. The most important changes in this version are:

    • The criteria for hotels and restaurants have been merged into one document.
    • The criteria now also include conferences (without accomodation)
    • It is now possible to apply for a licence in the Baltic States.
    • An energy tool has been developed to calculate business-specific limit values relating to the type of business, plus its heating method, area, number of guests, climate zone, etc.
    • There is a new electronic application guide, My Swan Account that also are further developed with a product data base for chemicals.
    • New in this version is point requirement on CO2-emissions.
    • New obligatory requirement on the use of fossil oil in oil boilers at the premise.
    • The limit values for water and waste have been retained, but are calculated in a different way compared with previous criteria for hotels. For restaurants limit values on these parameters are new in this version and therefore a tightening.
    • The requirements on fish that may not be served have been tightened up.
    • The requirement on serving vegetarian dishes is now obligatory.
  • In order to use the Nordic Swan Ecolabel in your marketing, you must have a valid Nordic Swan Ecolabel licence. Please log in to The Nordic Ecolabelling Portal to apply for a licence. You are free to use the Nordic Swan Ecolabel in all of your marketing from the date of approval until your licence expires.

    Go to The Nordic Ecolabelling Portal and start your application process! If this is the first time you apply, please contact portal@svanen.se to receive login information for the Portal.

    Start by going through the requirements and fees that apply to your specific product group. These can be found above.

    For more details on the application process, please head to our application guide: "Application step by step".

    Good luck with your application!

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