The Energy Authority and Motiva have awarded Messukeskus Helsinki for its distinguished energy efficiency efforts. The award was announced on 15 June 2017 at the Anniversary Seminar of Energy Efficiency Agreements in Helsinki.
“We are very happy to receive the award. A high-quality event venue is always also an event venue that takes its environmental responsibility with genuine seriousness. Energy smartness is part of the corporate responsibility of Messukeskus and an integral part of the transparency and quality of our operations. We encourage our customers to pay attention to practical energy actions when selecting a venue for their event or conference,” says Anni Vepsäläinen, Managing Director of Messukeskus.
“What is good for the environment is also good for us as a company. In addition to environmental friendliness, investments in energy efficiency lead to concrete financial savings. In the extensive energy efficiency project of Messukeskus, this is already evident,” says Patrik Kuhlman, head of the Facility Unit at Messukeskus.
Energy efficiency at Messukeskus means state-of-the-art building technology and everyday deeds
In their surface area, the premises of Messukeskus correspond to eight full-scale football fields. In this scale, energy efficiency is achieved mainly by the use of the latest building technology.
Messukeskus also has an energy efficiency programme extending to 2018. As a result of the programme, the amount of energy saved is 33,000 MWh, which would suffice for heating 1,300 single-family 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.
When we renovated Galleria at Messukeskus, we built a completely new heat recovery system for the ventilation machines and switched the lighting to LED technology. To tackle water consumption, we equipped all faucets at our facilities with bubble spray aerators. Messukeskus is visited each year by more than one million trade fair and conference guests, and during large public events, there may be up to tens of thousands of visitors on the premises at the same time. We have improved the ventilation machine control systems of the halls in such a manner that the indoor air conditions can be adapted to the number of people and to the uses of the halls. In the office renovation in summer 2016, we also replaced the lighting and ventilation of the personnel’s workspaces with energy-efficient solutions. We have our own competent facilities maintenance team to ensure that our premises are in good condition, and it is the duty of every Messukeskus employee to promote environmental responsibility.
Recognition for our persistent work
Messukeskus was the first Finnish exhibition and conference centre to receive the ISO 14001 environmental management certification for its environmental management system in 2009. The award of the Energy Authority and Motiva was granted for the persistent efforts and conscientious commitment of Messukeskus to the Energy Efficiency Agreement for Industries in 2008–2016. Messukeskus has also undertaken to participate in the following period of 2017–2025.
Energy efficiency agreements are an important part of Finland’s energy and climate strategy and the primary means to promote efficient use of energy in Finland. Responsible and efficient use of energy reduces carbon dioxide emissions, which cause climate change.
The anniversary seminar of energy efficiency agreements was organised by Motiva and the Energy Authority in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment and the Ministry of the Environment.
Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre promotes Finnish trade and industry by enabling profitable face-to-face contact in trade shows, congresses and other events. Exhibitions and fairs are Finland’s seventh largest media. In terms of impact, they are the most profitable, the richest in experiences and the most social of all media. In 2016, Messukeskus organised 75 exhibitions and more than 2,200 meetings and conferences, which attracted 9,000 exhibitors and 1.1 million visitors.