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Sustainable meetings next eco-initiative for Scandic

Sustainable meetings next eco-initiative for Scandic

Yesterday, Scandic received another prestigious environmental prize – the IMEX Green Meetings Award – for its environmentally aware meeting product. On 1 May, sustainable meetings will be launched at the chain’s 135 hotels. With Swan ecolabelled paper and whiteboard pens, greater waste sorting and no single-use disposable packages, the hotel chain wants to make the choice simple for meeting bookers by offering a saving of 185 kg* fossil carbon dioxide. Demand for “green meetings” has increased internationally. Yesterday, Scandic’s meeting product received the IMEX Green Meetings Award at the opening of the IMEX fair in Frankfurt. In the absence of a clear Nordic certification system for meetings, the hotel chain is seizing the initiative and launching its own sustainable meetings.

“As the vast majority of our hotels are Swan ecolabelled, we feel it is time to take the next step and also offer sustainable meetings,” comments Jan Peter Bergkvist, VP Sustainable Business and member of Scandic’s executive team. “Together with stringent environmental requirements, we are also looking at the broader picture, including accessibility, safety and health. It should be hard for conference bookers to resist our unique advantages when choosing a meeting venue.”

The hotels are built and refurbished in line with Scandic’s environmental construction standard, saving resources and cutting emissions of harmful substances. Nature’s resources are also saved by controlling energy and water consumption. The meetings themselves will be made more sustainable by only using ecolabelled materials such as Swan ecolabelled pens and notepads, washable board erasers, organic and Fairtrade coffee and tap water instead of bottled water. In this way, Scandic aims to save up to 185 kg fossil carbon dioxide per meeting*.

The initiative chimes well with the hotel chain’s strategy to cut direct fossil carbon dioxide emissions to zero by 2025.

* based on a meeting for 20 people staying at an average Scandic compared with a “worst case” For more information, please contact:
Jan Peter Bergkvist, VP Sustainable Business, Scandic, tel: +46 709 73 59 63
Martina Tengvall, Dir. Corporate Communications, Scandic, tel: +46 709 73 50 70,
e-mail: martina.tengvall@scandichotels.com Scandic is a leading European mid-market hotel company with 144 leased, managed and franchised hotels in operation and under development, with a total of over 26,000 rooms in ten countries. The aim is to grow the number of hotels to 200 over the next years, focusing on the Nordic region, Northern and Eastern Europe and Russia. Since 1994, sustainability has been an integrated part of the business and Scandic is proud of being a recognised industry leader today. From the start in 1963 the business concept has been to offer trouble-free and accessible hotel services for all – today delivered by 6,400 enthusiastic team members. Visit scandichotels.com