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Sustainable experiences

Messukeskus is a Finnish and global leader in sustainable event organisation

Certified quality

In 2009, Messukeskus became the first Finnish event organiser to receive the ISO 14001:2015 certification. We also have ISO 9001: 2015 certification, so we are certified to ISO 9001: 2015 management system standard.

We support the UN Sustainable Development Goals

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Our environmental promise: 110% carbon neutrality by 2029

We will achieve our goal by reducing energy consumption, by increasing the share of renewable energy, and by recycling and making responsible purchases.

Solar power from the roof

A total of 1,589 solar panels were installed on the roofs of the Messukeskus complex in the summer of 2019. They produce 445 MWh of energy per year. This equals the amount of energy needed to make 2.3 million pots of coffee. The solar power plant was implemented in cooperation with Helen Ltd, and it will increase the share of renewable energy of our energy consumption. At the same time, the need for cooling will decrease, as the solar panels on the roof prevent the heat of the sun from reaching the building.

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An energy-smart event centre

Messukeskus uses the latest building service technology: solar power, geothermal heating, district cooling, heat recovery and LED technology. Over the past ten years, we have reduced our water consumption by 50%, our heat consumption by 20%, and our electricity consumption by 15%.

The Energy Authority and Motiva awarded us with the accolade of being an energy-smart event centre in 2017. Our new energy saving programme aims for a significant further reduction in energy consumption by 2025.

99% waste reuse rate

All our facilities are equipped with recycling opportunities. The collection points in the exhibition halls are for sorting and recycling paper, cardboard, biowaste, timber, glass, plastic, metal and carpets.  An environmental supervisor offers assistance to our customers during assembly and disassembly. Our office is plastic-free.

Are you one of our customers? If you want to make climate-friendly product choices, study the sustainability information in our product catalogue!

Local food and organic coffee

We love food and don’t want to waste it! We prevent food waste in cooperation with Fazer Food Services, the company responsible for our restaurant and catering services. Our customers can order a five-star zero-waste buffet, which makes use of excess high-quality ingredients. We favour organic and local food in our catering for meetings. 85% of the ingredients we use are of Finnish origin. Our cafés serve coffee that has been roasted sustainably using green energy. Our coffee reduces the burden on the environment by generating no coffee waste.

For a climate-friendly Helsinki

Jobs and income for the entire metropolitan area

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An accessible Messukeskus for all

Messukeskus works to be an accessible event centre for all visitors. All our entrances are accessible, and all parts of the building are accessible by lift. We have accessible toilet facilities on all floors. Parking is free for those who have a disabled parking permit, and disabled people’s personal assistants have free admission to events organised by Messukeskus.

We are an EU Disability Card site >

 

“I participated in an event in the Siipi section of Messukeskus, and I was impressed with how accessible a listening environment Messukeskus is. The induction loop in the seminar facility worked like a charm. It was quick and easy to connect to with your own device, and the sound quality and reception were excellent. You seldom find such a high level of service in Finland. I appreciate it very much”

— A customer with a hearing impairment

Together we can achieve more

Promoting good projects

Messukeskus provides a unique learning environment for students who need special support and for people with partial work capacity. We offer work opportunities in cleaning, in guiding visitors during events and helping them with mobility and auxiliary equipment and in serving as exhibitors’ replacements during breaks.

We also cooperate closely with UNICEF Finland. In 2018, cooperation between UNICEF Finland and Messukeskus enabled nearly 20,000 children to attend school for a year, or more than 1.8 million children to be vaccinated against polio.

Ticket revenues improve well-being

In cooperation with our customers, we are building a better future for people and the environment. We sell special tickets to collect funds for the promotion of a cleaner Baltic Sea, well-being among children and young people, entrepreneurship among women in developing countries and the fight against climate change.

Check how Matka Nordic Travel Fair challenges companies and organisations to the Sustainable Travel Competition >>

The Finnish Fair Foundation

One of the owners of Messukeskus, the Finnish Fair Foundation supports Finnish expertise by granting awards to successful and developing projects. The foundation grants around EUR 400,000 in awards to experts in various fields annually. Awards sponsored by the Finnish Fair Foundation include the Habitare Design award, the Finnish Quality Award, the Scientific Congress Power Player award and the new Doctor & Congress award, to name just a few examples.

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How to build a sustainable event

How can you organise a meeting, conference or corporate event sustainably? How can you ensure sustainability at your exhibition stand?

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Suggest ideas for sustainability work

Do you have questions about our sustainability work? Or do you have ideas concerning the sustainability of our events?

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