Denmark is a clean-tech and renewable energy world leader. Copenhagen was appointed European Green Capital of 2014 and has one of the world's most ambitious climate policies - with a goal of being the first carbon neutral capital by 2025. In Denmark green and responsible meetings are almost impossible not to stage.
Flying to Denmark is easy. Although air travel is not the most environmentally friendly way of transporting yourself, it is often necessary in order to get from A to B. To make your flight to Denmark more sustainable, we can recommend that you fly with Scandinavian Airlines. SAS not only offers the opportunity to offset carbon-dioxide emissions but also makes it easier for organisers by offering a Carbon offset program for International congresses & events.
In Denmark you will find highly advanced and developed public transport infrastructure. In Copenhagen, the Metro - presently being expanded - connects the city center to the airport in a low emissions manner – in just 13 minutes. Alternatives in Copenhagen and other main Danish cities include efficient train connections and busses. In the Danish city of Aarhus a new light rail track will soon offer a fast and CO2 neutral alternative to taxis as well.
Getting around on bike or by foot is also a safe and sustainable alternative in Denmark. Copenhagen ranked World’s most walkable city by Walk 21 in 2013. Its compact city center makes walking between meeting venues, hotels, sights, restaurants and shopping areas a matter of minutes. Or join the locals and go by bike. Denmark takes a leading position in numbers of bicycle users. An impressive 36% of all Danes commute on a daily basis and there are numerous bike rental companies if your hotel doesn’t provide that common service.
71% of the hotel rooms in Copenhagen and over 60% of hotel rooms in Aarhus are eco-certified, so sleeping with a green conscious is not a challenge. To find all the eco-certified hotels rooms in Denmark, look for the Nordic Ecolabel, the Green Key and the ISO 14001. Here are a few examples of green and sustainable hotels in Denmark
The Nordic hotel chain, Scandic, which has 21 hotels in Denmark, is one of the vendors who has taken social responsibility a step further. Scandic not only has effective energy usage and serves selections of organic foods. When sheets, towels and furniture are replaced, they are donated to local shelters for the homeless. Since 1996, the hotel chain has worked hard to make its resource usage more efficient.
In Copenhagen, the Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers opened in 2009 with an ambition to be leading in eco-friendly hotel management and was named World’s greenest hotel in 2010 by SKÅL. In 2013, after 14 months of focused effort Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers became the first hotel in Denmark certified with the international environmental management standard ISO 14001.
Also in Copenhagen, the Danish family owned Arp-Hansen Hotel Group offer 12 hotels, all qualified for Danish The Green Key in recognition of their effectiveness in reducing energy and water consumption, minimising waste, introducing organic produce and creating a healthy environment in which to work and stay.
International hotel chains such as Hilton and Radisson have their own environmental programs. For instance, starting in 2012, Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts took an ambitious engagement with the Think Planet strategy and committed to reduce energy consumption by 25% in five years.
If you need space for a large meeting or conference, Scandinavia's largest convention centre, the Bella Center also upholds a thorough environmental policy working towards reducing the CO2 emission by 25% in 2015. Bella Center has its own windmill and holds a Green Key certification.
Keeping that bloodsugar constant and maintaining focus among meeting participants in key for a successful meeting. Denmark is not only pioneering in New Nordic Cuisine and one of the leading destinations in organic food, but also has a key focus on healthy and sustaineble food. Using local, regional produce in order to make great climate friendly food is key in many Danish kitchens.
Copenhagen offers numerous organic restaurants around the city. Here you will also find the world’s only organic Michelin starred restaurant, Geranium.
If you are looking to cater organic food for meetings or even mega events, you have come to the right place. During the UN Climate Change Conference COP15 held in Copenhagen in 2009, 75% of the food for the 30.000+ participants was organic - and reasonably prices.