Green Globe announces re-certification of the European Association of Event Centers (EVVC) head office in Frankfurt, Germany. As a strategic Green Globe partner, the EVVC has demonstrated leadership and innovation in the fields of operational efficiency and social responsibility for years. The EVVC integrated the philosophy of sustainability at all levels, making it the core of the company’s corporate strategy.
“With our numerous events and activities we would like to inspire our members and partners to show respect and act in an environmentally-friendly way,” said Martina Fritz, General Manager at the EVVC head office in Frankfurt. “Corporate social responsibility is our top priority, and it does not come as a surprise that we are in compliance with 93% of the indicators required for Green Globe certification. It is our goal to continuously improve our efforts and set an example for the entire industry.”
In 2010 the EVVC and Green Globe developed and introduced a joint certification process for event venues. In addition, the EVVC initiated their ‘Sustainability Codex’, which has been continuously defined and improved over the past few years. A long-term Sustainability Management System is in place at the EVVC, and operational performance is strictly monitored. In recent years, the EVVC could lower their energy consumption dramatically – leaving a considerably smaller footprint. The company is proud to report CO2 reductions of 7,213 kg by using German national railway Deutsche Bahn for transportation at their 2012 Manager Summit in Salzburg. Deutsche Bahn is a partner of the EVVC, and offers tickets and preferred rates for all EVVC-related events, encouraging visitors to travel in a sustainable way.
Another success for the EVVC is the relocation of their head office to Frankfurt earlier this year, sharing space with Green Globe member Saalbau Betriebsgesellschaft mbH. The entire staff agreed to use public transportation for their commute, fully supported by the EVVC, who reimburses the expense. For private transfers, the EVVC uses a local eco-certified taxi company.
Sustainability provides the convention and events sector with a crucial competitive edge, and there is a growing demand for green meetings and events. The EVVC is dedicated to deliver sustainable environmental concepts, practical support and solutions, allowing their members to compete successfully in the global market.
About European Association of Event Centers (EVVC)
The EVVC is an umbrella organization, representing more than 700 congress centers, arenas, and special event facilities in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and other neighboring European countries. With an additional 330 associates and honorable members, as well as 70 business partners, the EVVC is the largest and most versatile communication network for the MICE industry. The EVVC offers its members a wide range of services, such as training programs, advice on tax and legal matters, and support for marketing activities. Important issues of the association are the development of education within the industry, creating industry-relevant indicators, and the communication with federal policy makers to represent the interests of the event sector.
Ms. Antje Muensterberg
Public Relations Manager
Europäischer Verband der Veranstaltungs-Centren (EVVC) e.V.
Eschersheimer Landstraße 23
60322 Frankfurt am Main
Tel. +49 06734 914801
Fax: +49 06734 914802
About Green Globe Certification
Green Globe Certification is the worldwide sustainability system based on internationally accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. Operating under a worldwide license, Green Globe Certification is based in California, USA and is represented in over 83 countries. Green Globe Certification is a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, supported by the United Nations Foundation. For information visit www.greenglobe.com
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