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Tampere - a Sustainable City for Events and Meetings

The Background of Sustainability in Tampere

Sustainable development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs (ref: United Nations). When a large group of people travel together for an event or meeting, they will inevitably use lots of resources. Therefore, we encourage all conference organisers to make sustainable choices.

In Tampere, the work for sustainability during events started already in 1992, when Tampere Hall was one of the first conference centers in the world to launch sustainability programs and policies. In 2014, Tampere Hall became the first ever congress center to obtain the Nordic Ecolabel.

Our Commitment to Sustainability

Tampere Convention Bureau is strongly committed to environmental sustainability and stewardship. We recognize that aiming for good performance in sustainability is an on-going learning and development process.

Our decisions and actions are guided by the ICCA Scandinavian Sustainable Meetings Accord. As of June 2016, we decided to get involved with the Global Destination Sustainability Index.

Through policy and operational practices Tampere Convention Bureau is dedicated to continuous improvement in:

  • incorporation of environmentally responsible initiatives in decision making.
  • every-day work practices that promote sustainability, including energy savings measures, increasing the use of renewable resources, decreasing production of waste materials and choosing locally produced goods and services whenever appropriate.
  • providing educational programs and encouraging environmental awareness for staff, partners, conference and event organizers, delegates and the local community in positive environmental practices.
  • establishment of sustainability indicators to enable monitoring, reporting and improvement measures.

Our Vision

We envision, that in the near future, Tampere will be widely known as one of the world’s best choices when choosing a sustainable conference destination.

Our Goals and Actions

Our measurable goal is to fit within the top 20 cities in the Global Destination Sustainability Index.

Tampere Convention Bureau encourages all its partners to show strong commitment towards improvement in sustainable policies and practices in order to work together towards a more sustainable Tampere.

Tampere Convention Bureau has taken the following actions:

  • Practical guidelines for our office personnel on how to minimize the use of resources and sort out the recyclable materials during the working day.
  • Office purchasing policy ensuring, that we make sustainable purchasing choises. For example, the amount of printed materials is kept to minimum and recycled and/or eco-labeled paper is always used.
  • Communication Policy stating, that our partners’ sustainability initiatives and achievements are actively promoted through social media.
  • Continuing the STEM Project (Sustainanle Tampere for Events and Meetings) with local partners in order to encourage more companies join their efforts for a more sustainable Tampere.

Our Sustainability Achievements

  • Signing the ICCA Scandinavian Sustainable Meetings Accord in March 2012.
  • Communicating to our partners about our commitment to sustainability in our local spring meeting in April 2012.
  • Co-operating with the Tampere University for Applied Sciences in gathering basic information about sustainability practices in local hotels in May 2012.
  • Organising a Sustainability Seminars.
  • Negotiating an initial deal for congresses and events, which can now purchase bus rides for the for congress delegates for a discounted price. You can apply for this here.

Sustainable Choices in Tampere


Scandic Tampere City

Rautatienkatu 16, 33100 Tampere
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Scandic Tampere Station

Ratapihankatu 37, 33100 Tampere
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Visittampere Scandic Rosendahl

Scandic Rosendahl

Pyynikintie 13, Tampere
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Original Sokos Hotel Villa

Sumeliuksenkatu 14, 33100 Tampere
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Original Sokos Hotel Ilves

Hatanpään valtatie 1, 33100 Tampere
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Visittampere Radisson Blu Grand Hotel Tammer

Radisson Blu Grand Hotel Tammer

Satakunnankatu 13, 33100 Tampere
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visittampere evening view from sokos hotel torni aki rask

Solo Sokos Hotel Torni Tampere

Ratapihankatu 43, 33100 Tampere
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Tampere Hall

Yliopistonkatu 55, Tampere
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Tullikamari = Klubi + Pakkahuone

Tullikamarin aukio 2, 33100 Tampere
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Twelve Tips Towards a Sustainable Congress in Tampere

 A sustainable congress or event incorporates environmental considerations to minimize its negative impact on the environment. Here are a few practical tips for any conference organiser.
  1. Communicate without paper. Encourage presenters not to use handouts but instead deliver material online during or after the conference.
  2. If something needs to be printed, make sure it is printed on recycled paper.
  3. Encourage exhibitors to bring a realistic amount of promotional material. Ask them to take extra materials back home for later use.
  4. Educate conference delegates about local recycling practices. Post clear signs on containers for easy sorting of reusable materials.
  5. Reuse name-badge holders.
  6. Choose venues and hotels within a walking distance of each other.
  7. Whenever transportation is needed, inform delegates about public transportation.
  8. Choose local suppliers to avoid unnecessary transportation.
  9. Make sure lights and audiovisual equipment in the meeting rooms are turned off whenever the rooms are not in use.
  10. Serve tap water instead of bottled water.
  11. For lunches and dinners, favor regional season products.
  12. Avoid using disposable cups, plates, forks, knives or spoons.

Questions? - Contact us!

Pia Helminen

Senior Specialist, Congresses

I’m the person to contact if you are planning an international conference in Tampere. You can also meet me at international fairs or at sales calls.

Why Tampere?

I love the history and beautiful red brick buildings in Tampere.

Laila Walldén

Senior Specialist, Congresses

I’m the person to contact if you are planning an international conference in Tampere. You can also meet me at the university campuses.

Why Tampere?

Tampere is a city of  great museums, festivals and concerts. Yet the nature is always around the corner and the distances are short.

Heidi Korkeamäki


Contact me for event visibility, event contracts, major event bidding materials, and whenever you don’t know who else to ask an event-related question.