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August 9, 2010
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European venue association gains green standard




At the end of July, the head office of the European Association of Event Centres (EVVC) passed the Green Globe audit and reached the required number of criteria making it the first organisation in Germany to hold a Green Globe certification.

This follows the development and introduction in May by EVVC and Green Globe of a joint certification process for event venues, which has already been successfully completed by 15 establishments.

“For us, the certification is only the beginning of a process, which should entail a continuous improvement of our sustainable activities,” said EVVA’s head office manager, Martina Engert.

“Even in a small organisation like ours, it is important to establish and strengthen a conscious and sustainable thinking and action. For the colleagues, this is demonstrated in the mission statement and environmental guidelines on various criteria such as resource use, environmentally-friendly offices, and purchasing guidelines. In addition, the association supports its employees with appropriate programs to give up smoking.”

Even before completing Green Globe certification, EVVC has been focused on environmental aspects and sustainability issues, such as the organisation of two major annual meetings, the association’s annual general meeting, and management symposium. It’s cooperation with the Deutsche Bahn, for example, made it possible to save 4,841kg of carbon dioxide during its annual general meeting in 2010, held in Düsseldorf.

EVVC represents more than 600 event centres, conference centres, arenas, and special-event locations of all sizes in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and other neighbouring European countries.

Green Globe Certification is the worldwide sustainability system based on internationally accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses.


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