Berlin – The green destination on the congress map

Environmental protection and energy efficiency enjoy a high status in the German capital

Berlin is a city of contrasts. A place where history meets the modern world – and industry meets  relaxation. Those seeking rest will often find the latter in the city’s many parks. Extensive green spaces and exotic gardens are among the many attractive features of Berlin, whose streets are lined by over 440,000 trees. The city’s green image is also reflected in the area of climate protection: Berlin has the highest concentration of solar energy research and development institutions and companies in Europe. In addition, more than 280 combined heat and power stations produce environmentally friendly heat and electricity.
Berlin’s central “green zone” for traffic means that only vehicles, which comply with low emissions exhaust regulations and possess the required badge are permitted to enter the city centre. This reduces levels of particulates and nitrogen dioxide. Programmes to promote the use of public transport and the expansion of cycle paths are working towards the same goal.

“BERLIN – Green Meetings” – An overview of environmentally friendly suppliers


Conferences, conventions and incentive travel have an impact on the environment. For example, transfers from the hotel to the venue frequently generate carbon dioxide emissions. Many providers
working in this sector in Berlin are aware of the problem and offering an ever greater range of contractual services to mitigate these ecological effects. The visitBerlin Berlin Convention Office (BCO) has recognised this trend and developed a unique website together with various partners operating in Berlin’s congress industry. The “BERLIN – Green Meetings” platform lists approximately 70 suppliers who are already implementing measures to improve environmental sustainability. Further information is available at the website www.berlin-green-meetings.de.

Many hotels and event locations are taking steps to introduce environmentally friendly alternatives: the use of recycled paper, renewable electricity and concepts for “carbon neutral meetings” are just a few of the many innovations that are currently shaping Berlin’s congress and meetings landscape. The environmental forum at the Church of the Resurrection in Berlin (“Auferstehungskirche”) has served as a model for many other venues. Sustainability has been an integral part of its company philosophy since its founding in 2000. The location, not far from Alexanderplatz, has many environmentally friendly features, such as solar panels, a green roof and clay plastered walls. The building uses electricity exclusively from renewable sources. One model project dedicated to the topic of climate protection is the EUREF Campus in the Berlin district of Schöneberg. Events can be staged here both in and around the old gasometer. The electricity supply is carbon neutral.

Environmental and energy events in the German capital with 1,500 events taking place every day, Germany‘s capital offers more culture than any other European city. Many of these events are dedicated to the themes of energy and the environment, such
as “SolarEnergy”, the International Trade Exhibition for Renewable Energies and Energy Efficient Technologies, which is attended by approx. 13,000 trade visitors, and the Berlin Energy Days with  approx. 7,000 participants. These focus primarily on energy efficiency and climate protection. „Sustainability in the printing industry“ was the motto of EcoPrint Europe 2013. It was the first event in the 
world to be dedicated exclusively to environmental measures in the printing sector and took place at the Messe Berlin Exhibition Grounds from 8 to 9 October 2013.