In the context of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union the European Commission in collaboration with the Maltese authorities is organising an international conference on sustainable tourism.
This conference will be followed by the EMAS Awards ceremony recognising organisations that have demonstrated environmental excellence and contribute to making the European economy more circular.
The High Level Conference on Sustainable Tourism and EMAS Awards 2017 will take place on 8 May 2017 in Valletta, Malta at the Casino Maltese.
These events language is English.
The conference is being organised in the context of the United Nations’ (UN) decision to adopt 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. It aims to discuss the potential of the tourism sector to contribute to the three pillars of sustainability – economic, social and environmental. In keynote speeches and panel discussions the conference will look at key trends and opportunities within sustainable tourism, present case studies on sustainable tourism in practice and assess the role of EMAS and the EU Ecolabel for promoting sustainable tourism within European Union Member states.
Since 2005, the European Commission has organised the European EMAS Awards, described as the most prestigious award in environmental management.
The Awards are handed out to organisations that have demonstrated environmental excellence in their category. The EMAS Awards are held every two years and last took place in 2015. The 2017 EMAS Awards will honour registered organisations that are contributing to making the European economy more circular. The Awards Ceremony will take place on the evening of 8 May 2017.
Participating organisations from throughout the European Union are applying for one of these three categories:
The EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is a premium management instrument developed by the European Commission for companies and other organisations to evaluate, report, and improve their environmental performance.
EMAS is open to every type of organisation. It spans all economic and service sectors and is applicable worldwide.
Please visit the EMAS website for more information.
Interesting link and document to consult:
- Visit the EMAS powered take a green step website if you are looking for tips on how to make your hotel and restaurant more eco-friendly. This website is a goldmine of information based on EMAS Best Environnemental Management Practices on how to save resources and attract more clients.
- Friends of Europe, an independent think tank, has created a factsheet highlighting the huge potential of tourism for driving sustainable development – as well as how badly-managed tourism can have hugely negative effects on the environment, natural resources and cultural heritage.