Green design and renewable energy shape Hamburg’s meeting landscape
In Hamburg green design and renewable energy is a way of life with the city pledging to reduce its carbon footprint by 40 percent over 1990 levels by the year 2020, and to cover more than 35 percent of its electricity production from renewable energy sources by 2022. These benchmarks are prime examples of Hamburg never resting on its sustainable laurels as it was named European Green Capital of 2011, an annual distinction given by the European Commission.
Hafen City, a showcase for sustainable urban development in Hamburg, provides a great place for design professionals, urban planners and innovation-focused delegates in any industry to exchange knowledge and ideas. Here they can, for example, connect with local experts to learn how the city expanded, not by overrunning green space or agricultural land, but by giving a second life to old docks and unused industrial areas on the stunning Hamburg Harbor.
Electric mobility in Hamburg is also becoming more widespread with complimentary charging stations and free parking provided for electric vehicles, incenting people and businesses to unplug from the “pump”. Getting delegates around by the city’s fleet of electric busses is also an earth-loving option.
This strong commitment to green, including Hamburg’s efforts to harness wind power from land and sea, is not going unnoticed by the meetings industry with two large, global renewable energy conferences WindEnergy Hamburg and the annual conference of European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) coming to the city in 2016 and 2017. The world’s largest scientific solar conference also took place in Hamburg in 2015.
Finally, for visitors arriving or lodging by sea, or attending maritime happenings like Cruise Week, they can experience Hamburg’s environmental thinking in action with power provided from shore to anchored boats so vessels are not pumping pollutants into the air from idling engines.
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