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Helsinki Center aims for highest green standards

The Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Center’s aim of generating only five percent unsorted waste is realistic for next year.

The amount of unsorted waste has dropped dramatically from 2007 levels, when 44 percent of waste ended up unsorted in landfills.

In 2011, the corresponding figure was only six percent.

The Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Center was the first Finnish exhibition and conference Center to receive ISO 14001 environmental management certification for its environmental management system.

On the basis of an environmental survey, three primary goals were set for its operations: reducing the waste load, optimizing energy consumption and promotion of the use of public transport.

Moreover, all co-operating partners are expected to act responsibly and commit themselves to the environmental management system.

Energy consumption and waste create the highest environmental load at the Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Center.

In recent years, particular attention has been paid to waste sorting, and this has resulted in a remarkable reduction in the amount of unsorted waste: in 2007, some 44 percent of waste from the Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Center ended up in landfills unsorted, but this year, the corresponding figure was only 6 percent.

“Today, sorting waste is possible at all facilities of the Center,” said Lasse Willberg, property manager at the Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Center. “In addition, we have managed to control energy consumption regardless of major investments in new premises.”

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