EVVC/ Green Globe - Sustainability
The EVVC and Green Globe Certification are jointly developing a special certification process for sustainability in event houses.
We’re happy that the first EVVC member event centres have already been cerified:
• Kongress Palais Kassel
• MUK Musik- und Kongresshalle Lübeck
• Leipziger Messe
• HCC Hannover Congress Centrum
• Congress Centrum Mainz
• Neue Weimarhalle
• Karlsruher Messe- und Kongressgesellschaft
• Eurogress Aachen
• Messe und Congress Centrum Halle Münsterland
• Filderhalle Kongress- und KulturCentrum Leinfelden-Echterdingen
• Congress Centrum Alpbach (A)
• Bochumer Veranstaltungs-Gesellschaft
• FILharmonie Filderstadt
• Maritim Hotel Bonn
• Congress Park Hanau
• Max Schmeling Halle Berlin
* Thonet Forum
Other members are already in the auditing process:
• Stadthalle Fürth
• AG Hallenstadion Zürich
• Graf -Zeppelin-Haus Friedrichshafen
• Broich Premium Catering
• CCP Congress Centrum Pforzheim
• Rostocker Messe- und Stadthallengesellschaft
We keep our fingers crossed!
Your direct link to the EVVC/ Green Globe certifiaction: simply click here!
Green Globe Certification gab die Gewinner der Annual Green Globe Highest Achievement Awards 2012 bekannt.
Das Hannover Congress Centrum wurde hierbei als das weltweit beste Kongresszentrum ausgezeichnet. „Dies ist für das HCC die erste große internationale Auszeichnung, die natürlich die Arbeit der letzten Jahre in ganz besonderer Form würdigt. Der Dank gilt dem Team des HCC, das mit seiner Arbeit seit 2008 die Voraussetzungen dafür geschaffen hat, das solche Auszeichnungen errungen werden können“, so HCC-Direktor Joachim König.
After the successful initial certification in 2010, the Rostocker Messe und Stadthallengesellschaft, which operates the two largest event venues in North-eastern Germany, once again passed the required bi-annual recertification process with great success.
As Germany’s first multifunctional arena, the Max-Schmeling-Halle was awarded the internationally recognized Green Globe certification for sustainability two years ago. Compared to the previous year, requirements were increased significantly. But the Max-Schmeling-Halle was able to achieve 236 of 259 required indicators anyway, with an excellent quota of 90%. This means the hall at Prenzlauer Berg receives its second recertification. The Max-Schmeling-Halle is Germany’s only multifunctional arena allowed to hold the Green Globe certification.
Siegel erneut erlangt – mit deutlich besseren Werten
Bereits vor zwei Jahren wurde das congress centrum neue weimarhalle mit dem Green Globe-Siegel zertifiziert. Die alle zwei Jahre anstehende Rezertifizierung hat die Weimarhalle nun mit deutlich besseren Ergebnissen bestanden. Green Globe ist ein weltweites Gütesiegel der Touristik- und Veranstaltungsbranche, das auf einen respektvollen und sparsamen Umgang mit Ressourcen zielt. In Thüringen ist die Weimarhalle bislang das erste und einzige Kongresshaus, das das Siegel erlangt hat.
The CCD Congress Center Düsseldorf was able to improve its results from the first certification: it fulfilled 81% of all points required. Areas such as waste, energy and water supply as well as social projects were audited. An important aspect is the close cooperation with gastronomical partner Stockheim who has received several awards for valuable ecological activities.
After 2010, the Stadthalle Fürth was awarded with the Green Globe certification for the second time. At 88 % of total points, the Stadthalle Fürth achieved a remarkable result, complying with 244 of 276 criteria. Strong areas were the building and structure, energy savings, accessibility, further education and carbon neutral travel to the Stadthalle with the Deutsche Bahn event ticket. The Green Globe auditors especially emphasised on the continuous investments made in environmentally and energy conscious building measures which had been addressed over the past years.
The Hanover Congress Centrum has once again been able to increase its results during the annual Green Globe recertification process compared to the previous year. The now available recertification result show a percentage of 97% compared to the 94% of the previous year.
“Green” meetings and events are more and more in demand. The Messe und Congress Centrum Halle Münsterland identified this trend a long time ago and already secured the Green Globe certification two years ago. Now, it was time for recertification. “The event centre has consistently pursued its path of sus-tainability”, said Dr. Peter Zimmer, accredited Green Globe auditor, appreciatively while in Münster and awarded the seal of approval for the second time.
For the second time in a row, the Congress Park Hanau (CPH) was recently awarded the Green Globe seal of approval for sustainable management. After 2010, the re-certification process was successfully completed in April 2012. Receiving 92 percent in terms of compliance the CPH was able to improve on its results from 2010 by 9 percentage points, once again remaining well above the required score of at least 51 percent.
The Lokhalle Göttingen, which was formerly used as a truing hall for train engines, is the perfect location for events of all kinds in the heart of Germany. Now, the multi-functional hall has been awarded with the international environmental “Green Globe” certificate.
The Stadthalle organisation formed a “Green Team” which is dedicated to addressing the criteria with great commitment . Based on the motto “switch to green” - symbolically accompanied by the fictitious new colleague “Greeny” - you can find some of the results on the venues' websites, such as the extensive sustainability management plan or information for organisers and visitors. “We followed the “Green Team” across both venues for a day and examined their addressing of our criteria, and how they transfer them into practice. They do so successfully, and have been Green Globe certified: congratulations!” states Constanze Kamm, auditor for Green Globe.
On March 13, 2012, the Musik und Kongresshalle Lübeck (MuK) received the Green Globe test seal for the second time.
After 2010, the certification process was successfully performed again in 2011. Thanks to achieving guideline compliance of 92%, MuK reached the highest result internationally, and was awarded the High Achievement Award 2011 by Green Globe – a highly motivating success.
For the first time, Thonet is awarded the Green Globe High Achievement Award for outstanding performance in terms of the Green Globe standards. The furniture producer was awarded the prestigious award for sustained commitment as one of only ten companies worldwide in 2011. In the category business Thonet is the only company to fulfil the requirements in the fields of development, production and distribution with a particularly high score.
“Green Meetings” are not only an effective tool in the fight against climate change, but also a serious competitive factor. In order to further establish the issue in the congress, meeting and events industry and to give its members specific recommendations the GCB German Convention Bureau e.V., the European Association of Event Centres (EVVC) and the Association of German Event Organizers e.V. (VDVO) have agreed a partnership with the prestigious certifiers for sustainability Green Globe Certification (GGC).
The focus of the agreement is a globally accepted Internet-based certification system from Green Globe, which assesses the environmental, social and economic development of a company according to 248 science-based criteria. About half of these criteria can also be applied to the event industry: conference, convention and event providers that meet at least 51 percent thereof, and receive confirmation of this result from an independent auditor can receive the Green Globe certification. Under the new agreement, the GCB, EVVC and VDVO have agreed to offer the certification system as an element of a comprehensive sustainability strategy to their members. In return, Green Globe will assist with help and advice - for example when it comes to sustainability tips, training for the correct collection of key data or effective sustainability communications.
In September 2010, the Max-Schmeling-Halle was honoured as the first multi-function hall of the Federal Capital, in collaboration with the EVVC, to by receiving the globally known and recognized Green Globe certification for sustainability. Recently, the proceedings for recertification of the eco-label took place.
The Hannover Congress Centrum (HCC) is once again Green Globe certified. This historic conference centre reached 94% of all sustainability criteria and thus set new standards within the event industry for responsible management according to ecological and social aspects.
Managing Director of Green Globe Certification, Guido Bauer: "The Hanover Congress Centre has implemented the concept of sustainability in all areas. Both all employees and the customers now receive detailed information about sustainable activities. Mr. Wohlers, the technical director of facility management at the HCC should be congratulated on his exemplary role in preparing for the recertification. The HCC has done an excellent job, to meet 263 of 282 possible sustainability indicators".
A change was made in the existing Green Globe system criteria in the summer of 2010: Instead of the original 125 criteria the system was modified to 36 criteria and 320 indicators. The big change had become necessary due to suggestions from among the Green Globe members and changing framework conditions, e.g. climate change:
Clarity and logic: the criteria are now better explained by their respective indicators.
Transparent decision-making: while the 36 mandatory criteria must be met, it is only necessary to achieve a certain, but always elucidated number of indicators (e.g. 6 out of 11). If the target is met, a “pass” will be given in the headline.
Energy saving, emission reduction, resource conservation and cost savings begin in the small and mundane. The management of a company must take the lead for the issue and motivate the base to rethink their actions. The “Green Globe” certification is particularly well suited for adopting such a process. The Board has to intensively asses the issue of certification together with the divisional and departmental managers and individual employees, based on over one hundred and fifty requirements from all relevant fields. In this way, many obvious and just as many hidden points within the own company are brought to light as part of a dynamic team effort that automatically raises awareness and at the same time shows efficient solutions. At the end of this organic and collaborative process is the “Green Globe” certificate for the venue.
Um Green Globe zertifizierte Unternehmen und Hotels in Zukunft noch besser zu vermarkten, tritt Green Globe vor das weltweite Publikum von iPhone, iPod, iTouch und iTunes Nutzern.
Die Green Globe App ist die einzige App, welche vollkommen nachhaltig arbeitenden Unternehmen und Hotels gewidmet ist.
17 Green Globe auditors now in the field
In recent months, a total of 17 persons have passed the examination to become a Green Globe auditor, which means that Green Globe is now present almost everywhere in Germany.
The application for the audit will still be done through the office in Munich, but due to the use of locally-based auditors EVVC members save about 10% in travel and accommodation costs.
As a traditionally run family business, the Broich Catering & Locations has put a great emphasis on sustainability for many years. “We are, among others, participants in the project “Sustainable Bonn” and are also heavily involved in having sustainable management of our company. We want to protect the environment and exploit potential savings. Every employee can make an active contribution to sustainability”, said Georg W. Broich. The customized sustainability concepts at Broich Catering & Locations include local produce, which - if possible - is grown purely biological, as well as goods and meat from appropriate animal husbandry.
As the first multi-functional hall of the Federal Capital, the Max-Schmeling-Halle has been honoured with the internationally recognized Green Globe certification for sustainability and takes up the position of one of the pioneers in Germany. "Green Building” and the sustainability factor are becoming increasingly important in the management of event houses. The Velomax Berlin Hallenbetriebs GmbH recognized this early on and implemented the required measures.
As a member of the EVVC the Graf-Zeppelin-Haus, already took part in an environmental competition on CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) in 2009. The aim was to incorporate three main aspects: the economic and ecological as well as the socio-political aspect. Hall Manager and tourism director Dietmar Philipp and his team recognized years ago that one can contribute a great deal and must also contribute a certain amount in the future in terms of an economic, energy efficient and socio-political commitment toward visitors, guests and employees.
With this commitment to environmentally and socially responsible business, the Stadthalle Fürth takes on a leading role in terms of sustainability among the events houses throughout Bavaria. Throughout Germany 25 other meeting houses are currently allowed to promote the seal of green meetings.
With this certification, a development process was initiated in the Stadthalle Fürth that will continue to bring gradual improvements in terms of sustainable action. Last but not least, the certificate must be renewed every two years.
As the first company in Switzerland, the Hallenstadion Zürich has been certified as a sustainable company and venue with the internationally recognized label “Green Globe”. The AG Hallenstadion sets new standards in the events industry with this partner-ship and represents an ecological and socially sustainable development.
Das Wissenschafts- und Kongresszentrum darmstadtium darf ab sofort mit dem Umweltgütezeichen „Green Glo-be“ (www.greenglobe.com) werben. Das Tagungshaus verpflichtet sich damit zu einer umwelt- und sozialverträglichen Wirtschaftsweise. Es ist eines von derzeit rund 25 Tagungshäusern in Deutschland, die das Zertifikat verwenden dürfen.
Klimaneutral tagen? Im Maritim Hotel Bonn kein Problem! Im Juli 2010 erhielt das Haus als erstes deutsches Maritim Hotel die begehrte Nachhaltigkeitszertifizierung „Green Globe“. In Zusammenarbeit mit dem Europäischen Verband der Veranstaltungs-Centren e.V. wurde es zudem der Veranstaltungsbereich des Hauses ausgezeichnet. Um diese international anerkannte Zertifizierung für hervorragendes Umweltmanagement im Kongress- und Tagungsbereich zu erhalten, wurden auf Anhieb mehr als 70% der 248 erforderlichen Kriterien erzielt. Trennung des Abfalls in 17 Arten, energiesparende Beleuchtungskörper, Bio-Lebensmittel von regionalen Anbietern – all das und vieles mehr ist eine Selbstverständlichkeit im Hotel-Alltag. Die „Green Meetings Tagungspauschale“ bietet vielfältige Leistungen zu attraktiven Konditionen und trägt zudem zur CO2-Neutralisierung bei: 2 € pro Person werden an ein zertifiziertes Unternehmen abgeführt – so wird die Umweltbelastung während der Tagung weitestgehend reduziert.
The Thonet GmbH is the first company in the industry, to receive the certificate “for sustainable and environmentally friendly management”. The Thonet GmbH is the first company in the furniture industry that operates sustainably and environmentally friendly in terms of the Green Globe certification. For this purpose, Green Globe, which focuses on holistic sustainability, awarded Thonet with its certificate of the same name.
The Congress Park Hanau (CPH) is not only located in the countryside next to the castle gardens, but is also green in terms of meetings. This was officially certified during a “Green Globe Audit” in September. The auditors confirmed to the team of the CPH that sustainability is understood as part of the house’s strategic management.
Many speak of protecting the environment, the FILharmonie takes action. The Filderstädter Kultur- und Kongresszentrum was recently honoured with the highly regarded EVVC Green Globe certification.
The FILharmonie in Bern and the sculpting Filderhalle in Leinfelden-Echterdingen, are to date the only event halls in the Stuttgart area, who received a certification for its environmental activities.
Nachhaltiges Wirtschaften schont Umwelt, Klima und Ressourcen und ist ein immer wesentlicherer Wettbewerbsfaktor. Das gilt auch für das Messe und Congress Centrum Halle Münsterland. Als erstes Unternehmen in Münster hat das Veranstaltungszentrum am 1. September das Green Globe-Zertifikat erhalten und gehört damit zu den Vorreitern in Deutschland.
Nachdem der Europäische Verband der Veranstaltungs-Centren e.V. (EVVC) und Green Globe International im Mai diesen Jahres ein gemeinsames Zertifizierungsverfahren für Veranstaltungshäuser entwickelt haben, das in der Zwischenzeit bereits 15 Häuser erfolgreich absolvierten, durchlief nun auch die Geschäftsstelle des EVVC das Audit von Green Globe und erreichte Ende Juli problemlos die geforderte Punktezahl. Der EVVC ist damit der erste Verband in Deutschland mit einem Green Globe Zertifikat.
The Eurogress Aachen is, next to Düsseldorf, the second Conference Centre in North Rhine-Westphalia with a “Green Globe” certification. Currently, nine houses in the EVVC have received the “Green Globe” commendation. “Therefore, Aachen takes over a pioneering position”, said Councilman Dr. Pauly, committee chairman at the Eurogress Aachen.
EVVC Green Globe certificates for Congress Centrum Düsseldorf, Congress Centrum Mainz, Karlsruhe and Neue Weimarhalle
Four EVVC / Green Globe certifications were awarded at the annual general meeting in Düsseldorf. In the presence of the EVVC President Joachim König, Dr. Peter Zimmer (Auditor Green Globe) and Marion Drozdek (System Administrator Green Globe) awarded the certifications to the Congress Centrum Düsseldorf, the Congress Centrum Mainz, the Karlsruher Messe-und Kongress GmbH and the Neue Weimarhalle.
The Eurogress Aachen and the Messe und Congress Centrum Halle Münsterland are currently also in the process of being audited for certification.
We would like to say “Congratulations” to all certified houses on their efforts for sustainable work in the fields of ecology, economics and social affairs.
As the fourth house from the ranks of members of the European Association of Event Centres (EVVC), the Hannover Congress Centrum was awarded the Green Globe certification on Friday, 12th March 2010 at the ITB. EVVC President Joachim König, in his capacity as director of the HCC, accepted the certification directly from Guido Bauer, CEO of Green Globe, at the fair.
The Hannover Congress Centrum is one of four German Conference Centres, which was awarded for its outstanding efforts in environmental protection on 12.03.2010 on the ITB world tourism fair in Berlin. The basis of this award is the certification by the international organization Green Globe, which is active in 50 countries and has reviewed more than 1,000 institutions, mostly hotels, and certified them as sustainably operating establishments.
The music and congress hall (MuK) is now the second “Green Globe” certified meeting house in Germany. “Green Globe” is a globally recognized quality label in the tourism and event industry for a sustainable economy.
The Leipzig Fair is the first major exhibition company of Germany which has dedicated itself to the principles of sustainability through entrepreneurially responsible action. This sustainable approach has now been recognized with the Green Globe certification, a globally recognized certification in the tourism and event industry. At the same time, the Leipziger Messe is launching a sustainability process in the company under the brand “growth in balance”, thus becoming a trendsetter in the German trade fair industry.
The European Association of Event Centres (EVVC) and Green Globe Certification are jointly developing a special certification process for sustainability in event houses. This has been agreed upon by Joachim König (EVVC President and Director of the Hannover Congress Centrum), Matthias Schultze (EVVC Vice President and Managing Director World Conference Centre Bonn) and Dr. Peter Zimmer (FUTOUR Tourism Consulting) as representatives of Green Globe in mid-January 2010. “Worldwide, the demand for green meetings, incentives, conferences and events (Green MICE) is rising. With the agreed co-operation, verifiable and practical criteria will be established for the first time in this important industry sector,” said Dr. Peter Zimmer, a long-standing expert in this field and accredited Green Globe auditor.