November 22, 2019

Tampere will feature a carbon-neutral city block as Tampere Hall and the Marriott hotel take new steps to reduce energy consumption. The Tampere Hall property has been using renewable energy since 1 November 2019. The hotel will switch to renewable energy by the end of 2019. Tampere Hall is Finland’s first carbon-neutral conference and concert centre. The hotel, scheduled to open at the beginning of 2020, is the international hotel chain’s first carbon-neutral new property in Finland. Using renewable energy in buildings is a key element in the pursuit of a fossil-free society.

The energy supplied to the Tampere Hall is generated locally in Tampere and the surrounding region. In addition, Tampere Hall uses energy generated by its own solar power plants.

The carbon-neutral energy used by Tampere Hall and the Marriott hotel:

  • Tampere Hall switched to using hydropower electricity generated from the Tammerkoski Rapids in 2012, and the building was connected to district cooling sourced from Lake Näsijärvi in 2015.
  • Solar panels were installed on the roof of the building in 2017 and again in 2019, enabling Tampere Hall to produce part of the electricity it uses.
  • In terms of the energy it consumes, Tampere Hall achieved carbon neutrality in November 2019, as heating switched to using whole tree chips.
    Chips are computationally a carbon-neutral form of energy and approved as emission-free by the EU. However, transportation and burning of the chips do generate some emissions.
  • The Courtyard by Marriott Tampere City hotel will switch to electricity produced by the Tammerkoski Rapids power plant and to district heating generated from whole tree chips by the end of 2019.
  • The hotel property is owned by Keva, the Finnish public sector pensions institution. Keva’s objective is for all of its new buildings to be carbon neutral as of the beginning of 2020. The hotel will be Keva’s first carbon-neutral new property.

Tampere Hall was the first conference centre in the Nordic countries to receive the Nordic Ecolabel, back in 2014. Several improvements to increase energy efficiency have been made in the building over the years, and various items of equipment have been replaced during their life cycle. This year, the building’s energy classification was raised from E to C.

“Next, we will start seeking ways to reduce the carbon footprint of our events and business operations even further, and also find ways to reduce the emissions or even to compensate them. We already have a variety of low-carbon products and solutions that reduce the burden on the environment. Our restaurant serves low-carbon food, and efficient solutions have been implemented in our waste management operations. The changes in energy consumption have also provided us with financial savings. Our consumption has been cut by nearly a half in 30 years,” Tampere Hall CEO Paulina Ahokas says.

With regard to environmental responsibility, Tampere Hall has been a pioneer in its sector since the establishment of the company. Tampere Hall began building its own environmental programme back in 1992 as the first conference centre in the world to do so.

 Membranes on the roof offset emissions generated by commuters

The roof of Tampere Hall is covered with more than 7,000 m2 of membranes that neutralise harmful substances from the air and thus complement the conference centre’s carbon neutrality objectives. According to studies conducted by Tampere Hall, the emissions generated by the commute of the company’s employees can be offset by the membranes installed on the roof.

“The membranes compensate for more than 730,000 kilometres of driving per year. We can calculate how the impact of the membranes offsets both the kilometres commuted by our employees and the work-related kilometres accumulated by our two company cars,” says Tampere Hall’s Property Manager Marko Koivisto.

Read more about environmental responsibility at the Tampere Hall here.