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greenkey_logo_2012Kungsgården Långvind has a strong focus on ecology and sustainability. Since 2012, Kungsgården Långvind is a Green Key certified accommodation and conference venue. Green Key is the world’s largest in this area.

In January 2017, Kungsgården Långvind became one of Sweden’s first hotels and hostels to recieve the Swedish Tourist Association’s (STF’s) “Sustainability Promise” for ecological, economic and social sustainability. Read more (in Swedish) about the Sustainability Promise here!

In November 2018, Kungsgården Långvind was rated the third most sustainable accommodation in Sweden by the STF organization: “Jörgen and Agneta Bengtson, who are responsible for this gem of Hälsingland, in an ironworks when Sweden was a great power, produce their own electricity from wind and solar power, work with energy-efficient lighting and have their own destination chargers for electric cars. A great commitment to the local community, including the village association, the chapel association and arranging local excursions and events “, the jury writes in its motivation.

Kungsgården Långvind is part of the Swedish Tourist Association (Svenska Turistföreningen, STF), the most prominent organizer of eco-tourism in Sweden.

Kungsgården Långvind is an active member of The Swedish Ecotourism Society (Ekoturismföreningen), formerly Ekoturismföreningen.

The environmental work and sustainability work permeate the operations of Kungsgården Långvind.

By adopting Green Key and STF’s Sustainability Promise, we sharpen our environmental profile and sustainability profile every year by setting new goals for the business.

The basis for the work is a holistic perspective on the business based on ecological, economic and social sustainability.

This work started with the planning of Kungsgården Långvind as a accomodation in 2008, continued with the renovation of Kungsgården 2009–2010, took new steps with the construction of Österhuset 2018–2020 and will continue in the future.

Sustainability is a process constantly developing us and the business, in collaboration with our guests, Green Key, the Swedish Tourist Association and the Ecotourism Association.

For Kungsgården Långvind sustainability is more than the environment.

Green Key a key to sustainability
Green Key aims to increase the use of environmentally friendly and sustainable methods of operation and technology in the establishments and thereby reducing the overall use of resources. It also focuses on raising awareness to create behavioural changes in the hospitality and tourism industry in overall.

Green Key also aims to raise awareness and create behavioural changes of guests, staff and suppliers of individual tourism establishments.

Environmental efforts and sustainability penetrate all activities on Kungsgården Långvind – and never ends. Through Green Key, we sharpen our environmental performance each year by setting new environmental targets for operations.

Environmental care in practice
Here are examples of what environmental profiling means in practice at Kungsgården Långvind:
• Eco-certification according to Green Key and STF’s Sustainability Promise
• Third-generation electric car (Kia e-Niro) for transport and company needs in general
• Integrated solar cell roof at Österhuset (first in Norrland)
• Wind power from a partly owned wind power plant
• 100 percent green electricity from own solar cell electricity, own wind power electricity and otherwise renewable electricity

• organic sewage treatment plant for Österhuset (first in northern Sweden)
• charging station for Tesla (first in Hälsingland) with two chargers
• charging station for all types of electric cars (type 2 charger)
• environmental management with environmental policy, environmental goals and action plan
• natural materials in the renovation of Kungsgården and new construction of Österhuset
• triple glazed windows
• rock heating in both houses
• exhaust air heat recovery (Kungsgården)
• efficient energy consumption
• all rooms and spaces are non-smoking
• energy-efficient lighting
• outdoor lighting with motion detector and twilight relay
• source sorting of waste in plastic, colorless glass, colored glass, metal, paper, cardboard, batteries and electronics
• beverage packaging with deposit: glass, aluminum and pet bottles
• “reusable towels” in fabric instead of disposable towels in toilets
• eco-labeled toilet paper and kitchen paper
• eco-labeled cleaning and cleaning agents
• eco-labeled detergents and dishwashing detergents
• housekeeping with water through, among other things, flush toilets and showers
• no disposable material for serving and excursions
• contributes to living countryside and sustainable agriculture through locally produced and organic products
• breakfast with more than 30 locally produced, organic and / or fair trade products
• electric lawn mower
• rental of bicycles, kayaks, kickstands and snowshoes
• work to get public transport to Långvind, which is now available with line 857 (“local traffic”), call-controlled traffic, which must be ordered (telephone 0771-49 79 39) at least two hours before departure.

• Destination chargers for Tesla and other electrical vehicles (Type 2)
• Environmental management with environmental policy, objectives and action plan
• Active CSR work including support to local associations and cooperatives development assistance
• Natural materials in the renovation of the house
• Windows with triple glazing
• Geothermal heating
• Exhaust air heat recovery
• All electricity from wind power and other renewable resources
• All rooms and spaces are non-smoking
• Indoor lighting with motion sensors or twilight switches
• Outdoor lighting with motion detector
• Sorting of plastics, glass, metal, paper, cardboard, batteries and electronics
• Beverage packages with a deposit: glass, aluminum and PET bottles
• “Reusable towels” in cloth instead of disposable paper towels in bathroom and toilet
• Eco-labeled toilet paper and paper towels
• Eco-labeled cleaning products
• Eco-labeled washing powder and detergent
• Low-flow toilets
• No disposable materials at serving and on excursions
• Breakfast with twenty locally produced, organic and/or fair trade products
• Fully electrical vehicle for transport (Huyundai Ioniq EV)
• Electric lawnmower
• Rental of bicycles, kayaks, kick sleds and snowshoes

Supported by United Nations
Behind Green Key stands the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). FEE, which began operations in 1981, is an international umbrella organization for environmental NGOs. Green Key is supported by the World Tourism Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

In Sweden, the Keep Sweden Tidy Foundation (Stiftelsen Håll Sverige Rent) is responsible for Green Key’s operations. Green Key in Sweden cooperates among others with eco-tourism operators certification organization Nature’s Best (Naturens Bästa), tourism organization Visita, Sweden Camping and Owners’ Association (Sveriges Camping och Stugföretagares Riksorganisation), Swedish Tourist Association (Svenska Turistföreningen, STF) and Sweden’s Eco-municipalities (Sveriges Ekokommuner).

Updated December 11, 2017

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