Published on : Saturday, January 4, 2014
Velomax Berlin has demonstrated significant action and social responsibility in promoting green globe activities. Being a top performing Green Globe member since 2010, Velomax Berlin has made outstanding contributions by its innovative ideas in the field of operational efficiency. The two biggest events held in Berlin, the Max-Schmeling Halle and the Velodrom are hosed by this green house. Velomax’s chief focus is on sustainability.
“We are very proud to be the only multi-functional event arena in Germany holding the prestigious Green Globe award” said Anette Weller, Managing Director at Velomax Berlin. “Our green philosophy is anchored in our business policy and we strive to focus on authentic, transparent and verifiable actions when it comes to sustainable operations. In 2013 we participated in several green workshops, such as the `Green Operations Workshop` during the Berlin Music Week – a truly inspiring event, aiming to green the touring industry. In December we joined the expert panel of the `Greener Arena Index` pilot project. These workshops are great opportunities to share our knowledge with like-minded people, and also to identify where we can improve our own best practices.”
Velomax Berlin has implemented a sustainable event venue management system, and operational performance is strictly monitored. Electricity comes from 100% renewable sources, 1,064 solar collectors are installed on the roof of the arena. Outside air is pre-conditioned for heating and cooling, and energy is being saved by using daylight for loading and production set up. The purchasing policy favors environmentally friendly products for building materials, capital goods, food and consumables. Packaging is reduced to a minimum and local suppliers are given preference. Visitors are encouraged to arrive by train and event tickets include public transportation. The Velomax works closely with the city of Berlin to fulfill sports and cultural guidelines and offers numerous carbon-neutral events.
The team at Velomax Berlin is deeply immersed with the community, and supports many local initiatives. Germany`s capital has set the ambitious goal to create a 100% carbon-neutral city by 2050, and the Velomax arena serves as a role model for an energy efficient and green operation. During the `Berlin saves Energy` action week, the Max-Schmeling-Halle opened its doors to visitors, allowing a glimpse at innovative building and cutting-edge construction technology.