Eco-friendly meetings on the Weser
Bremen offers a range of facilities for eco-friendly events
Conferences play a vital role in science and the economy, but any large gathering of people inevitably creates waste and greenhouse gases. Organisers will find a wide range of venues in Bremen for modern events that conserve natural resources and help to prevent environmental pollution.
Getting around – on foot, by bike or on public transport
As Bremen is such a compact city and well served by public transport, it is easy to be eco-friendly here. Many of its attractions and facilities are within easy walking distance. In addition, Bremen is a cycling city that also encourages visitors to get around on two wheels. Bikes can be hired right next to the main station and a number of hotels also offer cycle hire.
The main station is just a few minutes' walk from the historical old quarter – and Bremen Congress Centre and Exhibition Grounds are just behind it. Bremen is well connected to the rest of the national and international rail network and the BTZ Bremen Convention Bureau is happy to help with booking train tickets – even completely carbon-free ones: Deutsche Bahn purchases the corresponding amount of electricity from renewable energy sources and uses it to replace energy from other sources in the rail power grid.
Surrounded by biological diversity
The BTZ can now offer organisers of meetings and events, large or small, the perfect eco-friendly venue - botanika in Bremen. The science centre's concept already ticks plenty of green boxes. Since 2003 these gardens have been devoted to safeguarding the botanical world, in particular rhododendrons. With more than 3,600 species, Bremen is home to the second-largest collection of rhododendrons in the world. Botanika is a living illustration of the aims of the world biodiversity convention – and prompted the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation to make 2.8 million euros available for the visitor centre.
Some meetings take place amid glorious blossom, others in the more traditional setting of one of two newly built seminar rooms. Recycled paper and reusable crockery are standard, as you would expect, and botanika is easy to reach by bus and tram. All food and drink - organic if required - is locally sourced.
Solar-powered exhibition halls
Bremen Exhibition Centre itself is the perfect venue for eco-friendly delegates. Firstly, it is just a two-minute walk from the main station and just a few tram stops from the international airport. Secondly, in early summer 2011, it had 2,300 solar roof panels fitted over an area of 20,000m². This photovoltaic system provides solar energy to the exhibition centre and the general electricity grid. It means that the trade fair organisers save around 400 tonnes of climate-damaging carbon dioxide emissions every year. The company had already reduced its electricity consumption by 25 per cent over recent years through the use of improved technology for centrally controlled systems such as lighting and heating in the halls. In terms of lighting, the partial switch to energy-efficient LED tubes should also help to reduce energy consumption even further.
Lay down your weary head …
… on an eco-friendly bed – for instance, at one of the hotels close to the conference centre and exhibition grounds that are making every effort to reduce their environmental impact. The Swissôtel in the city centre holds the ISO 14001 certificate for environmental management and strives to use locally sourced produce where possible. The Best Western Schaper-Siedenburg Hotel complies with REST (renewable energy and sustainable tourism) standards by drastically reducing energy consumption, using renewable energies and implementing continuous controls. The Courtyard by Marriott Hotel also offers a range of facilities for 'green' meetings, e.g. by ensuring a paperless system where possible. The Park Hotel is the first big accommodation provider in Bremen to make use of the green electricity tariff offered by local energy supplier swb, thereby reducing its CO2 emissions by just under 1,600 kilowatt hours per year.
Enjoying the great outdoors
Even those taking a break from the conference activities can still be environmentally friendly – with a sightseeing tour on a Segway, for instance. These electric scooters are steered by shifting your weight and are a quiet and eco-friendly way to explore the city. Alternatively, guests can explore the city by electric minibus. These minibuses can also be used to provide shuttle services at smaller events.
The federal state of Bremen, and Bremerhaven in particular, is also a centre for climate research and wind energy, both on and offshore. Visitors to the maritime town of Bremerhaven can take a journey through the world's climate zones at Klimahaus® Bremerhaven 8° Ost. On a wind energy bus tour they even get the opportunity to watch the wind researchers and turbine builders at work – a number of major manufacturers are based in the seaside town.
The Bremen Convention Bureau draws on many years of experience to plan and organise conferences and corporate events, and can also provide itineraries to match. For further information call us on tel. +49 (0)421 308 0016 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.