Helsinki, Finland

Organisation: Helsinki Convention & Events Bureau 
Contact: Ines, Antti-Poika

Year: 2017

GDS-Index Category Breakdown

Does the city have a Greenhouse Gas emissions reduction strategy? Please indicate if it includes specific reference to the events/hospitality industry.Please provide source (i.e./ website or link to PDF document).

Yes, Helsinki has also made Covenant of Mayors Sustainable energy action plan SEAP. Helsinki is setting a new climate targets and developing a new climate action plan which will be published in February 2018.

What is the city's Greenhouse gas emissions per capita? Please provide source and year (i.e./ website or link to PDF document).

4,2 tonnes co2-eq. /capita,

What percentage of the city's total electricity usage is derived from renewable sources (e.g./ wind/ bio/ solar/ hydro/ tidal or geothermal energy)? Please provide source and year

45 % in Helsinki area. In Helsinki city organisation (25%, Helen) and three departments 100 %.

What percentage of the city?s solid waste has been disposed of in a landfill or open dump (including ashes from incineration)? Please provide source and year

1 % (2016), from 2015 all mixed waste goes to incineration

What percentage of city's solid waste is recycled or composted?

44% (2012)

What is the city's annual Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) concentration?

7 mikrog/m3 (2016) (monitoring station in city center)

What is the city's annual Particulate Matter (PM10) concentration?

21 mikrog/m3 (2016)

Does your destination offer public Bicycle Sharing Facilities and Network? Please provide details and a link

Helsinki has a city bike share system: there are 1,400 bikes and 140 bike stations in Helsinki. Helsinki has also an action plan for cycling (2014) and the City of Helsinki has signed up for the charter of Brussels where the participating cities are committed to increase the modal share of bicycle trips to 15 % by 2020. For Helsinki, this would mean an increase from 6 % to 10 % in bicycle use.

Does your destination offer Electrical Vehicle Charging Stations ?Please provide details and a link

Yes, Helsinki has 32 public fast charging stations and several slow charging stations in shopping malls etc.

What is the city's Traffic Congestion Index percentage?

26 % (2016)

Which of the following public transport links exist between the main airport and the city centre? Please indicate which of the following apply:

Express Bus, Rail (Train)

What is the country's score and ranking on the Corruption Perception Index?

ranking: 2 // score 90 (2015)

What is the country's score and ranking on the World Bank Gini Index?Please use the data for the most recent year given.

score 27.1 (2012)

What is the country's score and ranking on the Gender Inequality Index?

value: 0.056 / ranking: 8 (2015)

What percentage of the city?s total hotel room inventory has an active 3rd party sustainability certification? Please provide a list showing the name of the certifications and total number of rooms for each of the certified hotels.

75%

What percentage of the total hotel room inventory is within walking distance (1km) of the congress and exhibition centre(s)? Please include a list of hotels or link to a pre-existing list.

81% is within 1 km of one of the venues

What percentage of the city?s hotel room inventory is easily accessible (within 30mins) by public transport to/from the congress and exhibition centre(s)?

100%

Does the city's largest airport have a current eco-certification?

Finavia and Helsinki Airport has ISO 14001

What percentage of PCOs and DMCs located in the city (over 3 full-time employees) have a formal written sustainability policy? Please list the agency names

25% (1/4 partner agencies)El?mys Group has a written CSR policy. Confedent International (a local PCO) observes sustainability in all its actions but does not have a written policy. (TTE and Next Travel do not have a policy that the CVB is aware of.)

What percentage of PCOs and DMCs located in the city (over 3 full-time employees) have a current eco-certification?Please list the agency names and the certifications they hold.

0%

Are there laws in place for restaurants and/or F&B suppliers to reduce non-recyclable/biodegradable material waste (e.g./ plastic bags/ water bottles or styrofoam)?

City of Helsinki has enviromental criterias for event organisers // The national Waste law obligates restaurants & event venues to act accordingly.

Are there laws in place for restaurants and/or F&B suppliers to reduce food waste?

Not specifically for F&B suppliers, but national waste law requires waste hierarcy where companies first have to reduce waste and secondly re-use or re-cycle.

Does the city have a program and/or certification promoting or supporting restaurants with a commitment to sustainability (e.g./ organic/ locally sourced/ vegetarian options)?Please provide more information

City of Helsinki has developed EcoCompass - certification for companies and EcoCompass -event sertification for events and event organiser http://www.ekokompassi.fi/en/ Also Helsinki's environmental criterias for events include recommendations to serve vegetarian options, use Fairtrade products etc. // The Strategy Programme of Helsinki for 2009?2012 set a goal that ?Helsinki will be developed as a centre for Finnish food and top gourmet by promoting business through cooperation between companies, the educational institutions in the city, Palmia (city-owned catering company) and the Wholesale Market.Key individual projects in the City of Helsinki culinary culture development programme included the organicmeal programme for children, development of the Wholesale Market, integration of culinary culturedevelopment into the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 project and city events as well as augmentation ofsmall-scale farming in or near residential areas.The set goals are in line with the Finnish Culinary Culture Development Programme (2008?2011) launchedby the Finnish government.

What percentage of the city's congress and exhibition centres have active third-party sustainability certification? Please provide a list with the name of the certification for each of the certified venues.

100% (4 major venues), Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre (ISO 14001), Helsinki Congress Paasitorni (ISO 14001), Scandic Marina Congress Center (Swan ecolabel), Finlandia Hall (ISO 14001)

Has the CVB/DMO established and is implementing a destination sustainability strategy?Please indicate which of the following components are included and provide a copy or link

Commitment Statement, Vision

How does the CVB/DMO manage the development and governance of the destination sustainability program.Please indicate all that apply

Internal sustainability team / committee,Committee with external industry stakeholders (e.g. venues/hotels),Dedicated sustainability manager

Does the CVB/DMO regularly measure and report on sustainable destination progress? Please indicate which of the following components are included and provide a copy or link

Data and details of sustainability performance published on CVB/DMOs website

Does the CVB/DMO support or lead local sustainability training for the city's MICE industry? Please indicate which of the following is done:

Organise training programs about sustainability, Organise regular events about/including sustainability in the MICE industry

Do the CVB/ DMO or local authorities provide incentives or funding for events or event organisers wanting to increase sustainability performance? Please explain

Yes: when the EcoCompass Event environmental management system is approved for an event, Helsinki grants 30% discount for the rent of public areas

Does the CVB/DMO provide information about the destination?s sustainability features/ suppliers and best practice in its RFP responses and sales informationPlease explain

Yes, sustainability is always stressed in bid documents: especially the use of public transport is highlighted. Also information on eco-certified accommodation options are included in sales information and bid documents.

Does the CVB/DMO website provide information about the destination?s sustainability features/ suppliers and best practice.Please list all that apply and add a link to the website

Basic Info, Sustainable event guides and manuals,Sustainable supplier lists,Best practice example

Does the CVB/DMO provide free or subsidized public transport passes for major conventions? Please indicate:

Free Public Transport,Discounted Public Transport

Does the CVB/DMO have an accessibility program that supports attendees with physical challenges to participate in events in the destination?Please explain

No but accessibility is always considered

Does the CVB/DMO provide clients with ideas and resources to support the local communityPlease select all that apply and explain.

Donation programs for food,Donation program for leftover event materials,List of NGO partners and projects,Other


City Highlights

Hectares of green area per 100 000 population

1,194

Helsinki is committed to promoting green values in all its operations. Like many other cities around the world, Helsinki is committed to significantly reducing its climate emissions. A target reduction of 60% in climate emissions will be proposed for 2030, and the matter will be decided upon by the City Council. The decision would also make it possible to move up the goal of carbon neutrality to 2040. With more ambitious goals, Helsinki would improve its ability to implement international Construction of a wooden agreements on reducing emissions. Helsinki promotes environmental friendly modes of transport. You can either walk, bike or use the excellent public transport ranked the best in Europe (2015 BEST study of public transport). There are 1400 city bikes and 140 stations available, and the plan is to increase the numbers in 2018. Helsinki continues to enhance environmental protection and sustainable development without forgetting global challenges. Helsinki has already been an active partner in saving the Baltic Sea. Global issues are highlighted again when Finland took over the Chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2017. This role is well suited to the world’s greenest country.


Energy sourced from renewables
City traffic congestion level
Waste sent to landfill

Helsinki works continuously to promote sustainable values in all its activities and thus will actively contribute to a sustainable society. “Towards Sustainable EU Cities”, a fresh comparison and benchmark study of 114 European cities, gives Helsinki a flattering result among the 5 top-scoring cities. Helsinki is the 2nd safest city and the 10th most liveable city in the world. It is also a city that strongly promotes transparency and open democracy. An open interface and data provide free access to information concerning the city’s decision making and governance. This is actively supported by offering free WLAN service for residents and travelers. Social sustainability performance is based on the Finnish society. For instance, Finland scores highest in the index for the share of women in higher education and is number one in the press freedom index. Finland is the second best country in the world for mothers and ranks second also in the corruption perception index.


2
Corruption Perception ranking
27
World Bank Inequality Index Score (Lower score represents lower inequality)
8
Gender Inequality Index ranking

The Greening Events project (2012-2014) was a joint venture between the neighbouring cities of Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa that aimed to develop concrete ways of implementing environmental management at events in the metropolitan area. The project established a model that supports voluntary environmental work between cities and events. The project was coordinated by the City of Helsinki Environment Centre. The project won the first ever GDS Innovation Award in 2016 and the legacy of the project lives on in the EcoCompass and EcoCompass Event certifications widely offered to venues and events in the Helsinki area. Today more than 75% of hotels rooms and all major congress centres in Helsinki have an active 3rd party sustainable certification. Environmentally friendly materials are widely used, catering firms favour local, organic and vegetarian food, and event organizers are encouraged to serve tap water to participants instead of bottled water. In addition, the national carrier Finnair is the cleanest and the most eco-friendly airline in the world.


Energy sourced from renewables
City traffic congestion level
Waste sent to landfill

Sustainability is taken into consideration in all events and activities organized in Helsinki. Event organizers are provided advice and help on how to handle environmental issues like: traffic, materials, energy, water, food & drink, noise, soil erosion, waste water and waste management. By offering participants in major events and congresses the chance to use public transport free of charge, the city’s decision-makers want to promote environmentally friendly modes of transport. Organizers are also encouraged to consider social legacy activities. Additional visibility is given to those who run their events well.


Yes No
Has the CVB established and is implementing a destination sustainability strategy?
Does the destination regularly measure and report on sustainable destination progress?
Does the CVB support or lead local sustainability training for cities MICE industry?
Does the CVB support or local authorities provide incentives or funding for organisations wanting to gain sustainability certification or issue a sustainability reports
Does the CVB provide free or subsidized public transport passes for major conventions?
Does CVB/DMO provide clients with ideas and resources to support the local community?

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