Congress and award ceremony, but also the entire year-round production phase at the DNP office are climate neutral. All organizational steps are reviewed and optimized with regard to environmental compatibility, energy and resource efficiency, sensible logistics and social standards.
Pioneer in its own cause.
Anyone who evaluates the sustainability performance of others must also be measured against the highest standards themselves. That is why the entire project is aligned with the principles of sustainable event production: Avoidance goes before reduction and compensation.
Get better at everything.
Rethink, reduce, reuse
Events are not "sustainable" per se. Reducing environmental impacts in particular is challenging, but instructive and effective work, which the DNP has been tackling since 2008. In the meantime, the entire event industry is in a state of flux. We want to remain a role model.
This is only possible in partnerships. Some of them have been with us since day one. Many companies and institutions, which for their part are committed to the goals of sustainable development, contribute to a forward-looking realization of the project.
Environmentally friendly and energy-saving devices
All printers and computers are Blue Angel certified or energy saving devices.
In 2020, event furniture was largely rented from the company Adexpo-EMP. The company shows consideration for people and the environment. As a basis, Adexpo-EMP applies the three pillars of corporate social responsibility: People, Planet & Profit.
The core business of EMP Event- und Messe Performance GmbH is rental. Items are used again and again, repaired and thus waste is reduced. Furniture is cleaned with biodegradable agents. Waste materials such as plastic, paper and metal are disposed of separately. The vehicle fleet also complies with the latest environmental requirements in order to reduce CO² and carbon emissions. Many energy-saving measures have been implemented in the company buildings, including higher thermal insulation than required. By coupling the warehouse lighting with the amount of incident daylight, electricity consumption has been reduced by almost 20%. Heating is provided by high-efficiency dark radiators that illuminate the floor and the surrounding area. This consumes 25% less gas than conventional heating.
Coffee, tea and pastry products with the FAIRTRADE seal are used to cater for our guests.
Tap water instead of plastic waste
The German Sustainability Award office does not use beverages in plastic bottles. To reduce plastic waste and save CO₂, environmentally friendly manufactured and reusable glass bottles and filtered tap water are used.
100% recycled paper with Blue Angel certificate
The paper consumption in the project is controlled and always tries to choose an online and paper-free variant. Without exception, pure and uncoated recycled paper with the Blue Angel is used for the indispensable printed pieces. RecyStar Nature, distributed by Papyrus, combines sustainability with the demand for value in printing.
We try to reduce paper consumption wherever possible: The assessment for the German Sustainability Award is paper-free and online-based. To avoid printed pieces, invitations to participate in the competition and to the congress are not sent in paper form. Congress material and admission tickets are also only sent digitally.
Environmentally friendly office supplies and stationery
Office supplies and stationery are mainly purchased from memo AG. A climate-neutral mail-order company of ecological office products and an environmentally friendly reusable shipping system that does away with packaging waste altogether.
Coca-Cola Germany again supported the catering of the German Sustainability Day and the award ceremony of the German Sustainability Award 2020 with a selection of its products. In addition to ViO, ViO-BiO lemonades and ViO spritzers, we were delighted, for example, to be offered Honest Tea, the certified organic tea drink with ingredients from sustainable cultivation.
The technical equipment and implementation of the German Sustainability Award was carried out by BTL Goup in 2020. Ecological, economic and social sustainability aspects are firmly anchored in the corporate philosophy at the leading full-service provider. Corresponding considerations already arose during the planning of the event. The selection of recyclable and compatible materials was included, as was the deployment of locally based employees, consideration of the shortest possible, environmentally friendly transport routes for smooth logistics, the use of current technologies with low energy consumption (e.g. LED lights instead of conventional stage lighting) and extensive avoidance of waste. All materials used, such as fabrics, plastics and metals, have been examined for their compatibility with nature and, wherever possible, replaced by environmentally friendly alternatives. Decorative components are reused or recycled several times.
Germany's most environmentally friendly print shop
Since 2009, Druckstudio Gruppe has been our printing partner. Its production is certified according to the criteria of the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC), and in June 2012 it was voted 1st in the ranking of environmentally friendly print shops. In the use of printed pieces, 100% recycled paper with the Blue Angel was used without exception. In addition, all printed pieces were printed in a climate-neutral manner - the CO₂ generated by printing was offset.
All mail is sent via Deutsche Post's climate-friendly "GoGreen" service.
Climate-neutral travel with Deutsche Bahn
Arrive relaxed - travel sustainably.
Deutsche Bahn was once again a sponsor of the German Sustainability Award in 2020. Participants were able to travel to the event with the DB event ticket at a fixed price nationwide, from any DB station.
The fabric walls used (e.g. the stage backdrops, signposts and press walls at the congress and awards ceremony) have been provided by the company CCS digital_fabric® since 2012. This company produces large-format digital textile prints for all areas of interior design and uses almost entirely an exclusively developed fine fabric made of 100% recycled PET as a substrate. Compared to conventional polyester fabric, less water is used in yarn production, fewer CO₂ emissions are produced, and important raw materials - especially crude oil - are saved. Many of these prints are reused annually, and prints that are no longer needed can be easily recycled.
The set construction for the German Sustainability Award 2020 was created in cooperation with the company setcon Event & Expodesign GmbH.
By incorporating durable exhibition systems, regular new productions for one-off uses were avoided, recyclable parts were stored and residual materials were reused as part of an upcycling process. In addition, the company is persistently committed to finding sustainable alternatives in its choice of materials and uses, for example, energy-saving solutions for lighting and FSC-certified wood.
The versatile divisions present in the company and the broadly positioned production allow short communication paths between all necessary contact persons. Resource and energy consumption through mobility were thus reduced, suppliers were mostly located in the direct vicinity of the company site.
Location with comprehensive sustainability management
At the MARITIM Hotel Düsseldorf, attention is paid to sustainable management in the areas of energy, waste and water treatment. To achieve this, the following measures have been taken: The hotel is supplied with electricity through the use of a combined heat and power plant and also purchases green electricity; a usage-controlled lighting concept and optimized sun protection ensure energy efficiency; a supply and exhaust air system with efficient heat recovery optimize air quality; water-saving devices minimize water consumption in all sanitary facilities; in the kitchen area, the hotel uses energy-efficient kitchen appliances; a modern waste management system, a waste separation officer and regular checks as well as an annual waste balance sheet contribute to proper separation; to minimize packaging material, mainly reusable and recycled packaging is used, the hotel asks all suppliers to take back packaging for recycling; for cleaning the event rooms, only agents with the "eco seal" are used, the cleaning agents are used particularly sparingly by means of special dosing systems. The MARITIM Düsseldorf trains its employees externally and internally in the areas of technology and waste disposal. In the area of catering for the German Sustainability Day, attention is paid to the use of food with regional and seasonal references, fair trade and ecological cultivation. Outside of our event, the hotel offers a sustainable alternative for meetings and events with the Green Meeting conference package. Due to a direct train connection and the immediate vicinity to Düsseldorf Airport, travel distances of guests and participants can be reduced. The hotel's premises also offer the possibility of holding two events, congress and awards ceremony, with very different requirements in one place. The majority of the guests and crew can also be accommodated.
Under the name "ProEnvironment", the MARITIM Group has launched an initiative aimed at environmental protection and sustainable business. For example, an inventory has been carried out for all hotels in the areas of energy, waste, water, purchasing, mobility and employees. In addition, employees throughout Germany have been trained as sustainability advisors who are leading the project. In 2013, MARITIM also signed a declaration of support for the Sustainability Code of the German Event Industry (fairpflichtet). This is an initiative of the German Convention Bureau (GCB) and the European Association of Event Centers (EVV). (EVV) and was launched in 2012. MARITIM is thus committed to a responsible approach in all important areas of ecology, economy and social components. The Sustainability Code defines ten guidelines that are to be taken into account in sustainable management. The declaration of support is a voluntary commitment to sustainable action, the results of which are documented and measured after one year.
Baked goods in 2020 were once again delivered by baker Schüren, top 3 in the category "Germany's most sustainable future strategies 2013". In line with the motto "Think globally, act locally," the medium-sized artisan bakery from the Düsseldorf area sources its grain from organic farmers. The baked goods are inspected and certified according to organic guidelines and awarded the quality rules of slow baking e.V.
At the lunchtime meal, a purely vegan menu was offered as part of the German Sustainability Day 2020. For all dishes, special attention was paid to regional and seasonal reference, fair trade and ecological cultivation.
Vegetarian catering at the German Sustainability Award ceremony - sustainable culinary art at the highest level.
The catering for the award ceremony of the German Sustainability Award 2020 was purely vegetarian. In the menu composition for the attending contributors, attention was paid to the use of ingredients from organic farming, fair trade and the inclusion of regional and seasonal products.
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