Tampere Hall is committed to sustainable development. Ecological awareness is well established in our operations, and we are constantly striving to minimise our ecological footprint through pioneering green practices.
As of 2 May 2014, Tampere Hall has become the first ever Congress Centre in the Nordic countries to obtain this eminent label. One of the main strengths of Tampere Hall is its energy efficiency and waste management. As much as 99% of all accumulated waste is either recycled or turned into heat energy. Strong emphasis is also given to using ecologically grown foods in the Tampere Hall restaurant.
Ground Breaking Work
In 1992, Tampere Hall was the first congress centre in the world to adopt a sustainable development policy. The policy kicked off actions to saving energy, preventing excessive waste generation, recycling and staff training.
1994: The EIBTM Most Environmentally Conscious Congress Centre Award (EIBTM was the leading global event for the meetings and events industry)
1994: Environmental award, Häme Regional Environmental Centre
1997: Green Globe Award, Green Globe and European Federation of Conference Towns
Tampere Hall strives to observe sustainable development principles in its procurement practices. For instance, we choose environmentally labelled products whenever possible. All photocopying and tissue paper used at Tampere Hall are environmentally labelled products. Also, cleaning service provider, SOL, is committed to following our sustainable development policy.
Our restaurants favour fresh local seasonal ingredients. Meeting packages include lunch with at least one vegetarian option, and Tampere Hall’s famous house bread is always baked with fresh organic flour.
The environmental impact of detergents and cleaning equipment is considered in the procurement process. Cleaning methods have been developed that minimise the need for cleaning agents.
Waste Management and Recycling
All recyclable material is collected and recycled appropriately. Currently, 98.8% of the total waste amount we generate is reused and recycled. Our ultimate goal is to produce no landfill waste at all.
Tampere Hall sorts landfill and burnable waste, recyclable paper, white office paper, brown cardboard, small metal waste, recyclable glass, e-waste, hazardous waste and furniture. Unrecyclable but burnable waste is collected for incineration that generates heat and electricity.
Tampere Hall’s waste management partner, ENCORE Ympäristöpalvelu Oy, works towards minimising the emissions caused by waste transports. Waste containers are equipped with sensors that indicate the amount of waste and send an alert when the containers need emptying.
Wholly owned by the City of Tampere, the Tampere Hall is bound by an energy efficiency agreement concluded with the Finnish Ministry of Trade and Industry in 2007. The Agreement is primarily aimed at improving energy efficiency, but also covers objectives and measures related to promoting the use of renewable energy forms. For heat, Tampere Hall uses district heating.
Renewable Energy Sources
In 2010, Tampere Hall and the Tampere power utility (Tampereen Sähkölaitos Oy) concluded an agreement on the use of hydroelectric power. Tampere Hall runs its lightning and all equipment and machinery on hydropower.
We have also concluded an agreement with the Tampere power utility to start delivery of district cooling in 2014. Affordable, energy efficient and silent district cooling means that Tampere Hall's premises will in future be cooled with water from nearby Lake Näsijärvi.
Tampere Hall is involved in the “ECO2 – Eco-efficient Tampere 2020” pilot project for renewable energy run by the City of Tampere. A key objective of the project is to find ways to evaluate the environmental impact of activities more and more carefully, and to deploy a carbon footprint calculator.
Sustainable Meetings Accord
As a proof of our wish to be seen as one of the global pioneers in sustainable development, Tampere Hall is signatory party to the ICCA Scandinavian Chapter’s Sustainable Meetings Accord.
Tampere Hall is also involved in the pilot project for Joutsenmerkki (‘The Swan’ ecolabel), thus being able to have its voice heard in the drafting of criteria for congress centres.
Practical tips for sustainable meetings
1. Tampere Hall is located in the heart of the city within a walking distance from the
conference hotels and social events. Encourage participants to enjoy the short walks
2. Several hotels in Tampere are certified with Nordic Ecolabel. Inform the participants
about these choices.
3. Tap water in Finland has been found to be significantly purer than bottled drinking water.
Encourage participants to drink fresh tap water. You can hand out reusable water bottles
on the conference site.
4. Give priority to locally grown, organic and low processed food in the lunch and dinner
menus. You can minimize the CO2 emissions also by increasing the amount of vegetables in
menus or even choosing the vegetarian menu.
5. Ask participants to register for social events and study visits as well as to cancel in case
they are not able to attend in order to avoid food waste.
6. The City of Tampere was the first in Finland to be awarded the status of Fairtrade City in
2008. Serve fair trade tea and coffee during the coffee breaks at the conference site.
Choose fair trade wines for dinners.
7. Choose conference bags which are made of recycled materials.
8. The participants can lower the CO2 emissions by reading the final programme, abstracts
and proceedings in electronic format only. Make this choice available in your registration
9. Use reusable name tags made of recycled material.
10. Choose local subcontractors to avoid unnecessary traffic and transportation. In addition to
locally produced food, choose local materials and hire local congress professionals, artists
Exhibitions Open Mon-Fri 10 am – 5 pm, and during other times when Tampere Hall is open. Free entrance.
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