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PROUD HERITAGE 

As the largest Nordic hotel company, we have the power to drive transformation and inspire change at scale. Just imagine, each year, we host more than 10 million guest nights, pour 60 million cups of coffee and serve 12 million eggs at our hotels. So, it makes a difference when we power our hotels with 100% renewable energy, offer organic coffee and serve cage-free eggs – just some examples of how we operate sustainably.

Proud heritage inspiring the entire industry

As early as in 1993, Scandic decided to show the way in sustainability and drive development in the industry. It all started when a Scandic team member came up with the idea to ask guests to hang up their towel if they wanted to use it again. Today, the concept has been embraced by hotels around the world. And since then, Scandic has continued to raise the bar.

1993

The idea to reuse hotel towels is born.

1993

The idea to reuse hotel towels is born.

A Scandic team member thought guests could perhaps reuse their towels and came up with the ”hang up your towel” concept that today is the global industry strandard.

1995

Began phasing out single-use disposables.

1995

Began phasing out single-use disposables.

In 1995, we began phasing out single-use disposables from our hotels starting with shampoo bottles. Since then, we’ve also removed all other single-use disposables made of plastic. Here are a few examples: 

  • Plastic straws and swizzle sticks are no longer used at any of our hotels. In total, this takes about 1.3 million straws and 120,000 swizzle sticks out of circulation each year.
  • Eco-friendly lids have replaced plastic lids for takeaway coffee.
  • We only offer toothbrushes made of bamboo.
1999

First Scandic hotel certified by Nordic Swan Ecolabel.

1999

First Scandic hotel certified by Nordic Swan Ecolabel.

In 1999, the first Scandic hotel, Scandic Sjølyst in Oslo, was certified by the Nordic Swan Ecolabel. Today, almost 25 years later, Scandic is the largest ecolabeled hotel company with more than 200 certified hotels and a clear ambition to certify all hotels by 2023.

2001

Launched Scandic in Society.

2001

Launched Scandic in Society.

Since 2001, Scandic has been running Scandic in Society. Through the program, team members at Scandic hotels participate in at least three activities per year to give back to local communities. Initiatives include Scandic team members donating food, pillows, blankets and other items from our hotels or donating their time and energy to activities that benefit the communities where we operate.  

2003

Introduced an Accessibility Standard at all hotels.

2003

Introduced an Accessibility Standard at all hotels.

Started working to make hotels more accessible to people with disabilities. This attracted global attention and led to Scandic’s 159-point Accessibility Standard.

2008

Switched to serving only local water in specially designed, reusable bottles.

2008

Switched to serving only local water in specially designed, reusable bottles.

We used to transport almost 4 million bottles of water to our restaurants every year. No more! 

Instead, we serve our own tap water – cooled, carbonated and filtered so no valuable minerals are lost. This has reduced our fossil fuel emissions by 160 tonnes per year based on earlier sales volumes.

2015

Launched Breakfast for All, a vegan and allergy-friendly breakfast buffet.

2015

Launched Breakfast for All, a vegan and allergy-friendly breakfast buffet.

Our breakfast buffet includes lactose, milk and gluten-free products as well as vegan items.

Here’s what you’ll enjoy at a Scandic breakfast: 

  • Lactose-free products
  • Plant-based drinks and toppings
  • Vegan sandwich spreads
  • Gluten-free products
  • Vegan dairy-free products
2019

Launched EcoStay, a cleaning initiative based on guest preferences.

2019

Launched EcoStay, a cleaning initiative based on guest preferences.

Many guests stay with us for more than one night. By not cleaning rooms their rooms every day, each year we save: 

  • Up to 10 million liters of water
  • 6,000 liters of cleaner  
2020

100% renewable energy from hydroelectric sources at all Scandic hotels.

2020

100% renewable energy from hydroelectric sources at all Scandic hotels.

100% renewable electricity. Already back in 2012 all Scandic Hotels used 100% renewable energy, and we have since the aqusition of Restel implemented a strategy for making sure that all hotels run on 100% renewable energy.

2021

Set new sustainability goals for 2025 and 2030.

2021

Set new sustainability goals for 2025 and 2030.

Today, we’re the leading hotel company when it comes to most sustainability measurements, both in terms of transparency and overall performance. Read more about our sustainability goals in our strategy

2022

The work to re-certify all hotels according to Nordic Swan Ecolabel's new tough criteria begins.

2022

The work to re-certify all hotels according to Nordic Swan Ecolabel's new tough criteria begins.

Our goal is for 100 percent of Scandic’s hotels to be certified by the Nordic Swan Ecolabel. Today, 80 percent are certified.


To achieve great goals, every step counts

Since opening our doors we have continuously taken steps to develop Scandic into a pioneer. Working for a better and more sustainable tomorrow. And when we take a step forward, the industry often follows.

Learn more about our sustainability journey!

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