Finland – happy being sustainable

Sustainable Finland concept launched by Visit Finland

Finland’s untouched and pristine nature is at the core of Finnish life. Living sustainably and in harmony with the environment is deep-rooted and is an essential element of responsible travel. Therefore Visit Finland has launched the Sustainable Finland Label, which offers selected destinations and companies the possibility to showcase their actions and values by sharing best practices and experiences for the benefit of both clients and the local community. The label will later be made nationwide to boost the communication and marketing of Finland as a sustainable destination and to identify sustainable cities, regions and suppliers.

Cities in Finland score well in GDS Index rankings

When it comes to sustainability within the meetings industry, Finland is a forerunner. The Global Destination Sustainability Index measures the environmental deeds of cities and the performance of their local convention bureaus, as well as the commitment of service providers to sustainability. According to the latest global GDS Index rankings from 2018, Helsinki is ranked in 5th position, Espoo ranks 10th and Tampere is on 11th place on the global ranking.

Lahti makes the finals in the 2021 European Green Capital Award competition

Lahti is one of the three finalists in the competition, which is arranged by the European Commission. The expert jury rated Lahti among the leading environmental cities in Europe. Other shortlisted cities include Strasbourg and Lille. In the European Green Capital Award (EGCA) competition, cities are selected for the finals on the basis of twelve themes indicated in the application. The themes describe the state of the environment, progress with environmental issues and future plans. Lahti was top rated in four indicator areas: air quality, waste, green growth and governance.

New Sokos Hotels in Helsinki and Turku

The newest addition to the Sokos Hotels chain will open early 2020 in Pasila, Helsinki, in the very heart of the new urban centre, Tripla. The Original Sokos Hotel Tripla will have a total of 430 rooms and 13 different meeting- and banquet rooms. Group and meeting reservations can already be made. The Solo Sokos Hotel Turun Seurahuone, a unique boutique hotel in the heart of Turku, will be opened in the spring of 2019. The lively 1920’s have inspired the interior. The hotel’s street-level urban dining and socializing restaurant serves local food and quality drinks.

 

Sustainability at Sokos Hotels

Responsibility forms the base Responsibility steers the operations of the chain. All Sokos Hotels have been awarded the international Green Key certification in recognition of their environmental work. Last year, Sokos Hotels took on the issue of plastic waste. By the end of 2018, the chain had eliminated plastic bags, plastic laundry bags, plastic swabs as well as plastic-containing or plastic-packed toys. All plastic pens will be replaced by recyclable pens made out of recycled plastic. Transitioning to a plastic-free era is part of the activities at the hotel chain having been recognized as the most responsible hotel chain in Finland for six years in a row.

Messukeskus Helsinki counts on solar energy – hall roofs covered with solar panels in summer 2019

Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre continues to develop its responsibility strategy by reducing energy consumption, using more renewable energy and paying attention to making environmentally responsible acquisitions. In summer 2019, one of the largest solar power plants in Finland is to be built on the roofs of Messukeskus.

Messukeskus will use more renewable energy and reduce its energy consumption by covering the roofs of its buildings with 1,600 solar panels, which will generate approximately 445 MWh of energy annually. The production of the plant equals the annual consumption of more than two hundred one-bedroom apartments. Read more

Marski by Scandic Hotels

Iconic Scandic Marski will be re-opened as the first Signature hotel in Finland after renovation in summer 2019. Signature hotels are developed with true devotion to bring out their individual character and unique identity to give our guests that little extra. New Marski by Scandic offers 363 rooms, 3 exclusive meeting rooms, an unique restaurant and legendary Marski Bar. Read more

 

Sustainability at Scandic Hotels

Scandic Hotels is an industry leader within sustainability and rightly proud of how they pioneered the pick-up your-towel behavior and their fight to reduce food waste. 24 of their hotels in Finland have the Nordic Swan Ecolabel certificate. Last year Scandic hotels decided to stop using plastic straws and cocktail sticks and replace them with ecofriendly products and banned cage eggs in all its hotels. Scandic held a sustainability hackathon to challenge the company’s 18,000 team members to come up with the next sustainability initiatives to implement across the organization.