Green Certification Schemes


A sustainable or green certification scheme independently verifies your business’ green credentials. This can provide businesses with not only with a credible way to illustrate their sustainable practices and the confidence to access a growing market, but also offers guidance and support on what sustainability activities they could undertake.


Sustainability certification schemes, or Green Schemes/Eco Labels as they are also known vary significantly in their style from simple self assessment approaches to third party certification, where an assessor will call.  Each of them can help a business understand what is involved in "going green" but the assessed varieties are the best in terms of giving additional advice and providing confidence to market a business as being Green to consumers.


Green Tourism Business Scheme


The Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) has been in operation since 1997 and is the largest and most established schemes of its type in the World. The GTBS has over 2300 members throughout the UK and Ireland, with over 850 members in Scotland. In Scotland the GTBS was developed through a partnership between VisitScotland Green Business UK, who continue to develop and operate the scheme. The GTBS is a well recognised award as well as being an important part of Scotland’s future towards a sustainable tourism destination.


Businesses are assessed by a qualified grading advisor against a set of criteria, covering a range of areas, including energy and water efficiency, waste management, biodiversity, community involvement and more. Businesses receive a Bronze, Silver, or Gold award based on their level of achievement.


Green Tourism Business Scheme will help you reduce costs, improve your efficiency and increase your marketing potential, while also reducing the environmental impact of your business. In other words, help the environment, and help your business. Businesses can also have their GTBS award promoted through the GTBS website, VisitScotland and various booking agencies where appropriate.


For more information and to receive an application pack please contact Green Tourism, by e-mail, telephone 01738 632 162, or visit


David Bellamy Conservation Award


Holiday Parks can also apply for a David Bellamy Conservation Award for the work they do to the protect and enhance Scotland’s natural environment. The parks that take part in the scheme are all regularly assessed by the scheme’s team of local wildlife experts. The assessors look at the steps parks are taking to manage their land as a haven for wildlife; reduce their use of energy, water and other resources, reduce, reuse and recycle the waste they produce; and support their local communities.


To find out more about the David Bellamy Conservation Award e-mail, call 01452 526911, or visit their website


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