In 2009, Copenhagen hosted the first-ever eco-certified political summit, the United Nation’s Climate Change Conference COP15, and in 2012, Denmark played host to the most sustainable Presidency of the European Union, certified to ISO-20121 sustainable event management standards.
The Copenhagen City Council is working targeted towards becoming the world’s first CO2-neutral capital by 2025, and Denmark has ranked number one on the Climate Change Performance Index for three consequtive years, a success based on positive development in recent emissions and good policy execution.
The sustainable focus has even spread to the city’s restaurant scene, , presenting numerous restaurants serving locally sourced, organic and climate friendly dishes, ranging from high end options such as ***Michelin-starred restaurant, Geranium and *Michelin-starred restaurant, Relæ, to easy going and diverse Copenhagen Street Food and, Stedsans, situated in an urban rooftop farm, just to mention a few. But lets start from the beginning:
Travel to Copenhagen
Flying will never be the most environmentally-friendly way of transporting yourself, but is nevertheless a necessary one. We recommend that you fly to Copenhagen with Scandinavian Airlines, SAS, who offers customers the opportunity to offset carbon-dioxide emissions. To make it even easier for organisers, SAS offers a Carbon offset program for International congresses & events as a part of the SAS Official Airline product.
Copenhagen offers a highly advanced and developed public transport infrastructure. The Metro - presently under expansion - connects the city center to the airport in 13 minutes, where the efficient airport train takes you to Copenhagen's Central Train Station in only 12 minutes. Either solution costs less than €5.
When using shuttles for transportation you can also go green if you for instance choose Centrum Turist, who has conducted a number of environmentally-friendly efforts.
Also worth considering is that Copenhagen is one of the most walkable cities in the world, ranked World’s most walkable city by Walk 21 in 2013. Its compact city center makes walking between meeting venues, hotels, sights, restaurants and shopping areas a matter of minutes. Or join the locals and travel by bike – an impressive 63% of all Copenhageners commute on a daily basis and there are numerous bike rental companies if your hotel does not provide that common service.
Close to 70% of the hotel rooms in Copenhagen are eco-certified, so sleeping with a green conscience is no challenge. In our Meeting Planner Guide you can easily get an overview of eco-certified hotels in Copenhagen.
The Nordic hotel chain Scandic has seven hotels in the Copenhagen area and is one of the suppliers that has taken social responsibility a step further. Scandic not only has effective energy usage and serves selections of organic foods. When sheets, towels and furniture are replaced, they are donated to local shelters for the homeless. Since 1996, the hotel chain has worked hard to make its resource usage more efficient.
Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers opened in 2009 with an ambition to be leading in eco-friendly hotel management and was named World’s Greenest Hotel in 2010 by SKÅL. In 2013, after 14 months of focused efforts, Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers became the first hotel in Denmark to be certified with the international environmental management standard ISO 14001.
The city’s largest hotel chain, Danish family owned Arp-Hansen Hotel Group, offers 12 hotels, all qualified for The Green Key in recognition of their effectiveness by reducing energy and water consumption, minimising waste, introducing organic produce and creating a healthy environment in which to work and stay.
International hotel chains such as Hilton and Radisson have their own environmental programs. For instance, starting in 2012, Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts chose an ambitious commitment with the Think Planet strategy and a plan to reduce energy consumption by 25% within five years.
The above-mentioned hotels all offer meeting facilities with a green profile. However, if you need more space, Scandinavia's largest convention center, the Bella Center, also upholds a thorough environmental policy and its own windmill and holds a Green Key certification.
Food in Copenhagen
In recent years, the restaurants in Copenhagen have developed the New Nordic Cuisine, focusing on seasonal, local produce. In general, this approach is also climate-friendly and adds to the fact that Denmark, and the Copenhageners in particular, are leading within organic food consumption.
Copenhagen’s only ‘**Michelin-starred restaurant, Geranium, mainly serves organic and biodynamic food, but you can find organic food in numerous restaurants around the city. BOB Biomio Organic Bistro, Denmark's largest organic eatery in the trendy Vesterbro part of town is a good example.
Restaurant Cap Horn, by the picturesque canal Nyhavn, was one of the first restaurants in the city to implement organic produce and, as a minimum requirement, all basic ingredients such as eggs, milk and butter are organic, as are the coffee and tea and the majority of the other beverages.
If you want to cater organic food for meetings or even mega-events, we know how to do that as well. During the UN Climate Change Conference COP15 held in Copenhagen in 2009, 75% of the food for the 30.000+ participants was organic and could be purchased at a reasonable price.
There are several ways to engage your participants in environmentally-friendly activities. Why not enjoy the sights of Copenhagen from the back of a bike or another active way, like from a segway or in your running shoes.
Another possibility is to visit some of the organic farms e.g. Krogerup Avlsgaard or Fuglebjerggard outside the city, offering teambuilding activities and culinary sessions with food and micro-brewed beer in organic settings.
DMCs and PCOs
If you are looking for a partner to help arrange your conference while still keeping environmental issues in mind, ICS is a good choice. ICS is environmentally-certified and member of the Green Globe, a worldwide organization working for sustainable tourism.
Another obvious choice is MCI, who was lead PCO for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in November 2009, certified as the world's first sustainable international political summit and awarded IMEX Green Meetings Gold Award.
If you need printing services, Vester Kopi is a chain of eco-friendly print shops, which produce everything in digital printing among other services facilities, all certified by the Nordic Ecolabel ‘The Swan Label’.