This ecologic recognition grants consumers and both public and private buyers (EU: above all in the European Union as well as Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland) the possibility of choosing in the most simplest way ecosustainable products, whose quality has been tested based on criteria approved at state controlled level.
Such environmental criteria, which constitutes the base for the assignation of the ecologic label, are the products of scientific studies and of large debate within the Commission for ecologic labelling. The members of this Commission (EU: for the ecologic label these are the competent offices of the state members) are represented by the associations for the environment, for consumers and industry, trade unions and the representatives of both small and medium enterprises and of commerce.
On the base of the criteria for the European ecological label for the hotel industry, the major causes of environmental pollution, which are present during three phases of the life cycle of services (purchase, supply, disposal), must be reduced as much as possible. These serve to reach the following objectives:
- reduction of power consumption;
- reduction of water consumption;
- reduction of waste;
- preference to the use of renewable Energy fonts and non polluting substances;
- promotion of communication to the support of environmental culture.