Spain: Sustonica, the first certification company tackling the sustainability of short-term rental homes, has announced the launch of its “Committed” programme, aimed at recognising and promoting environmentally-friendly vacation rentals worldwide.
The Sustonica certification programme is an evaluation of a vacation rental’s sustainability practices based on seven of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including:
- Energy efficiency [fridges, cooktops, thermostats etc]
- Water conservation [green cleaning products, washing machine settings, low flow fixtures etc]
- Waste management [recycling bins, refillable dispensers, single-use plastics etc]
- Social responsibility [cultural heritage site recommendations, noise monitoring, wheelchair accessibility etc]
The certification is awarded to rentals that meet a minimum of 12 out of 40 guidelines. To minimise the time investment for property managers, homes are remotely checked via a 15-minute WhatsApp video call with either cleaning staff, check-in staff, owner or manager.
Certification is valid for one year.
Sustonica CEO Vanessa de Souza Lage said: “We are excited to launch Sustonica and provide vacation rental owners and managers with a clear and credible way to demonstrate their commitment to good environmental and social practices. The programme is designed to encourage and reward properties that are taking steps to reduce their environmental impact, while also providing guests with an easy way to identify and book eco-friendly accommodations.”
Sustonica aims to partner with vacation rental providers to enhance their environmental practices and position their brand as a catalyst for positive change in the world. The certification programme is open to all vacation rental properties, including apartments, houses and villas worldwide.