Public Participation in Developing a Common Framework for the Assessment and Management of Sustainable Innovation


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MTA-ECO certification scheme for the hospitality sector

ECO certification aims to improve the sustainable performance of hotels on the Maltese Islands.
There are several focus areas including energy efficiency, reducing water consumption, waste management and green procurement. The scheme also aims to increase sustainable awareness amongst employees as well as hotel guests.The ECO certification scheme is the national standard for ensuring the environmental, socioeconomic, and cultural sustainability of hotels on the Maltese Islands and has been recognised by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council as fully reflecting the GSTC criteria. The scheme was launched by the Malta Tourism Authority in 2002, updated in 2008 and 2012, and today represents over 16% of hotel accommodation covering 5-star, 4-star and 3-star categories

Related sector

  • I - Accommodation and food service activities

SI Lead organisation

Malta Tourism Authority

SI Scope


SI Process

Start Date: 2002 End Date: Ongoing

Start Date: 2008 End Date: Ongoing

SI Type

  • Organisational / Business model

SI Objectives

  • improve the sustainable performance of hotels on the Maltese Islands
  • reduce costs
  • improve customer experience

SI Origin

Malta is a small island country in the Mediterranean with limited natural resources. The SI process was mainly initiated by the need to offer a more attractive sustainable tourism product in order to respond to the increasing awareness of guests and employees. At the same time investments in sustainable technologies and process reduces operating costs and makes individual establishments more competitive.

SI Factors of success

  • Technological - The eco-certification scheme recognises investments and upgrades in renewable energy and more efficient system components.
  • Environmental - The eco-certification scheme recognises improvements in environmental performance, green procurement/purchasing, waste management, etc.
  • Spatial / Urban - The scheme also positively recognises contributions towards improving green areas, local culture and national surroundings


  • Secondary - MTA website with a detailed description of the scheme and how it developed