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Nordic swan ecolabel

In 1999, the first Scandic hotel, Scandic Sjølyst in Oslo, was certified by the Nordic Swan Ecolabel. Today, 25 years later, Scandic is the largest Nordic Swan Ecolabeled hotel company with 246 certified hotels and a clear ambition to certify all Scandic hotels.

The story of Scandic and “the Swan” is also about a shared journey where, among other things, we’ve set high demands on partners such as our laundry service providers. Today, almost 100% of these are ecolabeled. For many years, the TVs and beds in our hotel rooms have also been ecolabeled - just a few examples of how we’re working with our suppliers and challenging them to be more sustainable.

In 2023, together with the Nordic Swan, we launched the ecolable on the Polish and German market in order for our hotels to become certified during 2024.

Why is ecolabeling important to Scandic?

Ecolabeling is essential because we want to both improve our sustainability performance and offer guests an opportunity to make good environmental choices. The Nordic Swan Ecolabel is the toughest third-party validation in the industry, and it pushes us to set goals in the areas of energy, water, chemical use, waste, food waste, organic food and procurement.

The Nordic Swan Ecolabel also aids us when we procure goods and services and clearly plays an important role for our new and returning customers – companies, municipalities, authorities and private individuals alike.

Perhaps most importantly, being ecolabeled constantly drives us to improve our environmental performance. Thanks in part to our collaboration with the Nordic Swan Ecolabel, we’ve been able to reduce CO2e emissions per guest night by more than 65% since 1996.

Scandic’s Nordic Swan Ecolabel ambition

Scandic’s ambition is for all hotels operating under the Scandic brand to be certified by the Nordic Swan Ecolabel. At minimum, all hotels must comply with the Nordic Swan Ecolabel limit values for energy consumption per square meter, unsorted waste, water consumption and ecolabeled chemicals for cleaning, laundry and washing dishes.

Today, 92% of our hotels in operation are certified by the Nordic Swan Ecolabel.

Facts about Nordic Swan Ecolabel

Being certified by the Nordic Swan Ecolabel involves taking a holistic approach in environmental initiatives to meet strict requirements based on life cycle analysis. The Nordic Swan Ecolabel criteria are usually updated every five years, most recently in January 2023.

Certification also involves complying with strict requirements and earning points in various areas. In total, Nordic Swan Ecolabel certification includes 44 mandatory requirements and six point categories that are monitored regularly.

Read more about the Nordic Swan Ecolabel certification criterias

Nordic Swan Ecolabel: 44 criteria in 8 areas

8 prioritized areas within energy, water, waste, food & drink

As a Nordic Swan Ecolabeled hotel, a Scandic hotel shall:

Reduce Energy consumption

Reduce Water

Reduce share of unsorted waste
Increase share of plant-based food 
Increase the proportion of organic food & drink
Buy high share of ecolabeled chemicals
Choose ecolabeled furnishings & products
Involve everyone & communicate clear goals