Environmental management is the organisation of environmental activity according to a plan, which helps organisations approach environmental issues holistically and integrate the guidelines of environmental sustainability naturally into their activity plan and everyday activities. An environmental management instrument is part of an organisation’s management instruments that sets the basis for systematic and documented environmental activity.
More generally, environmental management instruments can be divided into standardised environmental management instruments (e.g. in line with standards ISO 14401 or the European Union’s EMAS regulation) and the so called simplified environmental management instruments (e.g. green office, green museum, green key, green school).
An environmental management label is above all a tool for self-regulation and control. A label will give knowledge and assurance that the company’s business processes have been well led, goal-oriented and environmentally sustainable.
Labels and standards most widely used in Estonia
Green Key – for accommodation and catering services and attractions
Green Destinations – for destinations
Travelife – for travel bureaus and trip organisers
Estonian Eco label – for catering businesses
Green Museum – for museums
ISO 14001:2015 – for tourism businesses
Courses and self-assessment
Green Key course seminars
HEAK seminars on inspirational hospitality
Visit Estonia’s sustainable entrepreneur pacesetter
Visit Estonia’s self-assessment form will help formulate and understand how much an entrepreneur is already using sustainable practices in their everyday work.
It’s important to consider which metrics can be used to assess your goals and activities.