In The Hague, everyone is working hard to achieve the goal of being 100% emission-free by 2030. In order to achieve this goal, the municipality of The Hague is heavily promoting the implementation of renewable energy, and offers support to stakeholders in order to reduce their ecological footprint. As a result, many hotels in the city of The Hague currently hold the Green Key Label of Excellence certificate, which is a voluntary eco-label assigned to the most eco-friendly hotels. Many partners of THCB are actively improving their processes in order to live up to a more sustainable approach in the business event industry.
Green Key Label
The Green Key is an international standard for excellence, given to businesses in the hospitality industry. It serves as a recognition for companies who are operating sustainably and observe strict environmental regulations.
Hotels in The Hague are granted with this award due to their use of solar panels, energy-saving lamps, light sensors, and timers for air conditioning and heating.
The Fokker Terminal (FT) is a one-of-a-kind venue that was founded ten years ago as an event location.
Over the years it has undergone a huge transformation. An empty, abandoned hangar of the former Technical School for Aviation Technology with old classrooms has turned into a full-service, multifunctional high-end conference and event location, equipped with the latest facilities.
The Fokker Terminal has become popular for large-scale conferences and (business) events and won several awards including the Best Conference Location in the West-Holland region and the Best Conference Venue in the Netherlands in 2018.
By actively investing resources in sustainability and minimising environmental impact of its visitors and suppliers, the team of Fokker Terminal is constantly working on improving its facilities and services.
Sustainability facts of the venue:
- The FT is a CO2-neutral and water-neutral venue;
- The FT uses 600 rooftop panels generating 160,000 kWh of electricity annually;
- The FT uses water-saving toilets, recycled event carpet, LED lighting, 100% biodegradable disposables and locally-sourced food from sustainable suppliers only;
- The main space can be divided into different areas and accommodate up to 1,200 delegates;
- There are 18 former classrooms ideal for meetings, workshops, smaller events or break-out sessions.
World Forum The Hague
World Forum is a full service international convention centre in The Hague with the biggest meeting space capacity for around 2,160 people and 36 breakout rooms. Together they can accommodate a total of 5,000 people.
- The venue holds the Golden Green Key label and is a member of the Green Meeting Industry Council, an international consultative body promoting the ‘greening’ of the meeting industry.
- 100% of its energy is renewable and new air-conditioning systems, the frequency-related pumps and installation of LED lights has made its energy consumption drop.
The Louwman Museum, which houses the world’s oldest private collection of automobiles, was awarded ‘Best Event Location of 2017’ at the Meeting Business Event (MBE) in The Netherlands.
The venue uses a Heat Cold Storage (WKO) installation, using geothermal energy for heating and cooling, and its building management system regulates heating, cooling and air conditioning individually in each room for maximum efficiency and energy is generated by over 1,000 rooftop solar panels.
The Louwman Museum makes a novel conference venue and has a total capacity of approximately 1,000 people, with a theatre and meeting space than can each accommodate over 300 people.
The Accor hotels in The Hague
The Accor hotel group own a number of Novotel, Ibis and Mercure hotels in The Hague and is part of the Planet21 programme, which has 21 objectives relating to local sourcing, diversity and water, energy and waste management.
All Accor Hotels have water-saving showerheads. Guests staying more than one night are asked to re-use towels and, if staying at the Mercure Den Haag Central, have the option of skipping a stay over clean of their room in return for a voucher to be spent in the hotel.
Most of The Hague’s Accor hotels participate in the ‘Too Good to Go' project, which saves unused items for food bags that are sold cheaply, thereby reducing food waste.
Court Garden Hotel
Court Garden Hotel is the first eco-designed hotel in The Netherlands, receiving an official Green Declaration from the Ministry of Environment, the Energy Label A+ and the Green Key Gold label. Renovated using recycled and energy-saving materials, it’s completely insulated to keep cold, heat and noise to a minimum. Energy-saving lamps, sensor lights, a keycard energy-saving device in the rooms and the use of a gas absorption warming pump all help to reduce energy consumption. These measures have seen the hotel’s carbon footprint, gas usage and electricity usage more than halve.
The hotel only uses 100% organic and fair-trade products and was awarded the 100% EKO-trade certificate as a result. It also has 20 bicycles available to rent, ensuring delegates have a green way to get to their conference.