A Danish conference venue is now for the first time ever able to fly the flag of the Nordic ecolabel the Swan. Vilvorde Conference Centre, north of Copenhagen, meets the strict requirements for reducing the volume of waste and lowering the consumption of energy, chemicals, and water. The ecolabelling makes Director of Vilvorde, Ida Jørgensen, happy:
”It means a lot to us to receive the Nordic Swan ecolabel. Everything the Nordic Swan stands for is a natural part of Vilvorde’s DNA. For more than 35 years, we have focused on sustainability and minimising our environmental footprint. We are therefore proud to have received documentation that shows we meet the world’s strictest environmental requirements.”
Vilvorde Conference Centre never utilised pesticides in the park of the conference centre. Cleaning agents never contained perfume. There has always been a focus on waste separation. In the restaurant, the raw produce is carefully selected with a sharp focus on the organic aspect, animal welfare, and Fairtrade. With the Nordic Swan, everything is now written down, so that routines can ensure that Vilvorde Conference Centre continuously meet the strict environmental requirements of the Nordic Swan.
Increasing interest in green profile
The Nordic Swan ecolabel is the customers’ guarantee of an environmentally correct choice, as the requirements are continuously updated to ensure a sustainable direction. At Vilvorde Conference Centre, it is the experience of Ida Jørgensen, that the demand for the green profile is on the increase.
”We are already met with the demand from the bigger companies, who weigh sustainability very much in their core values. We believe these values will only become more pervasive in the future, and we are naturally very pleased with that,” she says.
Ecolabelling Denmark, the organisation behind the certification, wishes to congratulate Vilvorde Conference Centre for being the very first Nordic Swan ecolabelled conference centre.
”We are incredibly happy that Vilvorde Conference Centre takes the lead. Most companies of today has environmental targets comprising purchases of both products and services. It is therefore pleasing that companies with a focus on the environment and sustainability now are able to choose a Nordic Swan labelled conference centre and at the same time contribute to the environment report, as third-party control has ensured that Vilvorde Conference Centre meet the stringent requirements,” says Director of Ecolabelling Denmark, Martin Fabiansen.
Nordic Swan Ecolabel facts
A Nordic Swan Ecolabelled conference centre has been through an extensive certification process, documenting and controlling that it meets the strict requirements of the Nordic Swan. The goal of the Nordic Swan is to minimise the environmental impact – among other things, by:
• Limit the energy consumption, and thereby the production of CO2
• Minimise the consumption of water
• Utilise ecolabelled dishwashing, laundry, and general cleaning products
• Make use of ecolabelled paper in the photo copier, in bathrooms, and in the kitchen
• Offer a selection of organic food and drinks as well as a vegetarian main course every day
• Separate the waste at the source, so that as much as possible can be recirculated and recycled.
• Training of the personnel, so that everyone is committed to work with and for the environment.