Who is EC3 Global?

EC3 Global is an international tourism and environmental management and advisory group which was developed by the Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre (STCRC), the world’s largest dedicated research centre specialising in sustainable tourism and research. EC3 Global owns and manages the EarthCheck benchmarking and certification program which currently operates in over 70 countries and services in excess of 1,300 clients. EC3 Global has three areas of key focus:

  • Advice & Consulting Sustainability Services –developing  environmental  and  economic  sustainability  strategies  for  communities  and  hotel management groups


  • Benchmarking & Performance Tools– EarthCheck (CO2e emissions benchmarking) which is being integrated  into  specialty systems  for hotels,  property measurement and the  gaming industry which has been used to complete over 4,000 carbon footprint assessments in over 70 countries.


  • Certification of Environmental Sustainability– internationally recognised third party certification program EarthCheck across Three ‘Standards’ – Company, Community and Precinct Planning and Building Design.


EC3 Global offers high quality annual carbon footprinting and action planning services recognised globally to a range of customers worldwide.


Our History

EarthCheck was developed as the result of a far sighted Australian Government decision to establish a scientific and strategic research organisation specifically for tourism. Known as The Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre (STCRC), this organisation began in 1997 and soon become the largest dedicated tourism research organisation in the world.  

Directed by the principles of Agenda 21 from the Rio Earth Summit, the STCRC helped businesses, communities and governments enhance the environmental, economic and social sustainability of their tourism initiatives. Extensive investment went in to technological innovation and industry research over a period of a decade. It was then that EarthCheck Limited - the commercial arm of the STCRC - was formed.

Trading as EC3 Global, EarthCheck's science was previously used to underpin certification brands such as Green Globe. This was done through EarthCheck's wholly owned subsidiary Green Globe Asia Pacific, which still has an exclusive license to certify under the Green Globe brand.