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Archontiko Restaurant Wins First Green Key Award in Cyprus

The first restaurant in Cyprus to win the Green Key award is Archontiko Papadopoulou in Kornos village; a multi-purpose centre that houses a variety of activities, revolving around wine-gastronomy and traditional pottery art.

It includes a high-level Cypriot cuisine a la-carte restaurant, a coffee shop, a wine cellar specializing in Cypriot wines, a Commandaria bar, a shop selling traditional pots, a library and a pottery workshop open to all visitors. Click here for a Google Map to Kornos.

The award was presented on the 30th November 2011 by the Commissioner for the Environment Charalambos Theopemptou. The Green Key is a programme of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). The Foundation is a network of 72 NGOs from 63 countries. FEE is represented in Cyprus by CYMEPA. The Green Key for hotels has been awarded to more than 2000 establishments in 27 countries.

To be awarded with this label, successful candidates must meet different criteria regarding general environmental management, the involvement of employees, environmental information for customers (documents, appropriate signage etc.), water management, housekeeping and cleaning, energy management, waste management, food, nature-based activities, office administration, the interior environment and green spaces. The label combines environmental performance criteria with environmental management criteria.

In 2011 the first restaurants were awarded with the Green Key in France. Cyprus is the second country in the world to award restaurants with the prestigious ecolabel. The National Steering Committee comprises representatives of the Cyprus Tourism Organization, the Department of the Environment, the Cyprus Hotel Association, the Association of Cyprus Tourist Enterprises, Louis Hotels, the Cyprus Hotel Managers Association and CYMEPA.

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