Messukeskus was the first Finnish exhibition and conference centre to receive ISO 14001 environmental management certification for its environmental management system in 2009. The meeting rooms of Messukeskus are part of the Sustainable Scandinavian Meetings Region of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).
Key objectives of our environmental efforts include reducing the waste load, optimising energy consumption and promotion of the use of public transport. We also expect all of our partners to act responsibly and commit to our environmental management system.
Messukeskus recycles all its waste. Every hall features an Ecocentre, and customers are instructed in efficient waste management. For meeting catering, Messukeskus and its restaurant partner Fazer Food Services favour organic and locally sourced food. The amount of biowaste generated at the restaurants is measured, and various campaigns draw attention to reducing food waste.
An important aspect of environmental work is the optimisation of energy consumption by using the latest building service technology. Messukeskus seeks to attain significant additional savings in its energy consumption in the coming years. We expect to reach energy savings of 33,000 MWh, which is equivalent to heating 1,300 detached houses with electricity for one year. We aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 7,300 tonnes. This is comparable to driving around the world 1,440 times by car.
In the 2016 office renovation, we updated our office waste recycling system, recycled all the old furniture, and replaced lighting with an energy-saving solution.
Messukeskus recommends the use of public transport for its customers in cooperation with the Helsinki area public transport provider. We also increased the number of bicycle parking facilities in 2016, and made preparations for installing electric car charging stations in the car park.
Exhibitions, meetings, congresses and other events contribute to employment in hotels, public transportation, restaurants and other actors in the Helsinki metropolitan area. The Messukeskus premises alone host a network of dozens of partner enterprises in addition to our own employees.
In spring 2016, Messukeskus commissioned a survey on the economic impact of the Gastro Helsinki fair, and in the autumn, the economic impact of FinnBuild was surveyed. According to the results, Gastro Helsinki generated EUR 4.7 million and FinnBuild generated EUR 7.6 million for the Helsinki metropolitan area. Based on these surveys, the annual economic impact of Messukeskus on the Helsinki area is estimated to exceed EUR 250 million.
Messukeskus supports its employees’ competence development through coaching and training. Employee well-being is supported by occupational health care, good work ergonomics, a lunch benefit and ePass, as well as by subsidising the activities of the employees’ social club. We also implement an early intervention model.
The Finnish Fair Foundation supports Finnish know-how
Every year, the Finnish Fair Foundation, one of the owners of Messukeskus, awards, prizes, scholarships and grants totalling EUR 400,000 to support Finnish know-how. The best-known prizes are the Kaj Franck Design Prize, the Habitare Design Award, the For Love of the Book Award and the Young Designer of the Year Award.