• Tall Ships Races event in Helsinki. Photo: Lauri Rotko

Events want to reduce environmental impact

Twelve new operators were awarded certificates for implementing the EcoCompass environmental management system. Certificates were awarded in particular to events organised in the Helsinki region.

At an award ceremony held at Helsinki City Hall on 16 October seven of the twelve certificates awarded were EcoCompass Event certificates. The remaining five EcoCompass certificates were awarded to SMEs and organisations.

The EcoCompass Event certificate for successful environmental management was awarded to:

  • The April Jazz festival held in Tapiola, Espoo, a jewel among jazz festivals. The producers of the April Jazz festival are very aware of environmental issues and eager to follow and develop their environmental management.
  • The 8th Global Conference on Health Promotion organised by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and held in Finlandia Hall. The employees and assistants of the World Health Organization and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, the two organisers of the The 8th Global Conference on Health Promotion, as well as the staff of Finlandia Hall and Royal Ravintolat, have been trained in environmental management.
  • The Lasipalatsi square, a central event venue in the Helsinki city centre, that provides exemplary advice on environmental issues to event organisers and requires environmentally friendly rental agreements.
  • The free World Village Festival organised by Kepa ry, which was chosen as the Festival of the Year 2014 by Finland Festivals ry, promotes recycling, with the help of recycling points and sorting advisors.
  • Aalto University's annual Masters of Aalto exhibition recycled 82 % of the waste produced during the event.
  • Reaktori, a winter break event organised by the City of Helsinki Youth Department, recycles efficiently, fixes up young people’s bicycles and promotes environmental awareness among young people.
  • The Tall Ships Races sailing event for young people, the largest event of the summer 2013, organised by the City of Helsinki Events Unit was the first event in Finland to use only biofuel-powered generators.

The EcoCompass certificate for SMEs and organisations was awarded to:

  • The City of Helsinki Environment Centre
  • Kopio Niini Oy
  • Pasila Library
  • The Helsinki Metropolitan Area Reuse Centre
  • Urheiluhallit Oy

Reliability and continuity for the environmental management of events

Thousands of different events are organised in the Helsinki region every year. EcoCompass Event is a streamlined environmental management system that aims to minimise the environmental impact of events.

“With the EcoCompass Event system, the environmental management of events is documented, reliable, transparent and based on continuity,” says the project’s coordinator Salla Koivusalo from the City of Helsinki Environment Centre.

The EcoCompass system is a streamlined environmental management system, developed by the City of Helsinki Environment Centre. The system was developed and piloted to be suitable for events, as part of the Greening Events project. The EcoCompass environmental management systems are audited by the certification company Inspecta Oy.

For more information, please refer to:

EcoCompass – Events

Greening Events project

Updated 09/06/2015