Who’s who: Your green contacts

Saturday 1st October 2011 00:00

Blue Angel (Germany): The Blue Angel is an eco-label which sets standards for eco-friendly products and services.

BREAM (International): A design and assessment method for sustainable buildings.

BS8901 British Standards Institute standard for sustainable event management, conference and meeting venues, event suppliers and contract caterers.

The Carbon Trust: A not-for-profit company providing specialist support to help business and the public sector boost business returns by cutting carbon emissions, saving energy and commercialising low carbon technologies.

Centre for Environmental Studies in the Hospitality Industry (CESHI): Affiliated to Oxford Brookes University, CESHI is dedicated to advising tourism and hospitality businesses as to how to integrate ethical and sustainable practice into their business models.

Coast A social enterprise delivering support, training, guidance and consultancy to businesses and destinations across the UK. It runs the free on-line One Planet Tourism network covering 25 countries.

Common Fisheries Policy (CFP): The fishery policy of the European Union (EU) was created to manage fish stocks for the EU and maintain a sustainable and thriving fishing industry. It sets quotas for amounts of each type of fish allowed to be caught but has been criticised by fishermen for threatening livelihoods.

Considerate Hoteliers Association: Association to help hoteliers adopt sound, sustainable, environmentally friendly and socially responsible policies and practices.

Energy Saving Recommended: An Energy Saving Trust initiative backed by the Government. Its logo denotes energy efficient kitchen appliances, integrated digital TVs and energy saving mains controllers.

Energy Star: a joint EU and US energy ratings initiative which signifies office and other equipment which uses less energy.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and EPA-approved: US-based agency set up to protect human health and the environment, it runs the Energy Star accreditation scheme for environmentally friendly products.

European Ecolabel Scheme: Products are assessed on their lifecycle impact. Electrical equipment has to achieve energy efficiency targets.

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC): An independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests.

Green Tourism Business Scheme: The largest accreditation scheme in the UK with over 2,000 members. It assesses business’s impact on the local economy, social impact and benefits as well as environmental factors.

Good Catch: A joint project with the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), SeaWeb’s Seafood Choices and Sustain, Good Catch provides practical information and events for chefs, caterers and restaurateurs, making it easier for them to serve more sustainable seafood.

LEED (International): The LEED® green building certification system is the national US benchmark for the design, construction, and operations of high-performance green buildings.

Market Transformation Programme: A government initiative (DEFRA) to reduce the environmental impact of products across their life cycle.

Marine Stewardship Council: A global organisation which recognises sustainable fishing practices in fisheries, seafood companies, conservation groups and promotes the best environmental choices in seafood to the public through its fishery certification program and seafood ecolabel.

Nurture Lakeland: a registered charity which aims to help develop the Cumbrian tourism industry sustainably by creating ways for businesses and individuals to donate to conservation. www.nurturelakeland.org/

The Peak District Environmental Quality Mark: This scheme encompasses economic and social factors as well as environmental considerations.

Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC): The world's largest forest certification organization, it’s an international non-profit, non-governmental body set up to promote sustainable forest management.

Public Health Responsibility Deal: The Department of Health’s initiative to improve public health and tackle health inequalities through what the public eat, drink and exercise.

Red Tractor: Red Tractor labels signify high standards of food safety, animal welfare and environmental protection within farming processes and the food industry.

RSPCA Freedom Food: The RSPCA’s farm assurance and food labelling scheme and the only UK farm assurance scheme to focus solely on improving the welfare of farm animals reared for food.

The Soil Association: The UK’s leading organic organisation and a membership charity that campaigns for environmentally-friendly, organic food and farming.

Sustain: An alliance for better food and farming that promotes food and agriculture policies and practices that improve the health and welfare of people and animals, the working and living environment and enrich society and culture.

Sustainable Restaurant Association: a national not-for-profit membership association, providing restaurants with advice and support to help them through all sustainability issues.

Swan Ecolabel: Ecolabelling Sweden market and licence two of the most well-known Ecolabels in the world: the Nordic Ecolabel and the EU Ecolabel on products ranging from hotels and restaurants to cleaning detergents and batteries.

United Against Waste: UK campaign by Unilever Food Solutions to galvanise the hospitality industry and tackle the issue of avoidable food waste with a single voice.

Wrap: UK organisation which focuses on waste reduction by working with businesses to help them reduce waste, develop sustainable products and use resources efficiently.


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