Hotels & Locations

Certificates, Football & Noel Gallagher

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Especially in the MICE sector, the Hamburg Metropolitain Region is aware of the responsibility that housing can and must contribute to a successful event. Around 10 % of all hotels in the Hamburg Metropolitain Region can therefore show sustainable certificates – be it Green Sign, EMAS, Green Globe, Green Key or Earth Check. In addition, there are numerous hotel businesses that also act sustainably without a certificate and orient themselves to high standards of sustainable action. We have compiled a small list of the most important venues and hotels that place a high value on the topic of sustainability.

Any questions?

Michaela Flint
Project Manager Sustainability MICE

Numerous locations are also well positioned in terms of sustainability.
Here, too, we consider not only the ecological factor, but also the economic and social factors.

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The stadium

The home of our second division club FC St. Pauli – the Millerntor-Stadion – provides a small foretaste. MICE planners can hold events there, where at the weekend – depending on the course of the season – either promotion to the first Bundesliga is played for or all means are used to fight against relegation to the third league. There are two “ballrooms” that can be booked for events of all kinds: In the main stand – where VIP boxes and the séparées are located – and in the south stand, where on match days the team from Hamburg’s neighbourhood is supported with flags and chants for 90 minutes. In addition, the clubhouse is located in the “Süd”, which can also be rented for events. And what does a football stadium have to do with sustainability? Well, let’s put it this way: FC St. Pauli is a somewhat different football club. You can find out more about this under the heading “Attitude and social sustainability” .

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The concert hall

From the big football stage we switch to the concert stage. The Markthalle in Hamburg is an institution. Why? We’ll just name a few bands and stars who got music fans moving in the Markthalle: ACDC, Status Quo, The Ramones, Iggy Pop, The Smiths, The Police, INXS, R.E.M., Guns’n’Roses, Billy Joel, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, OASIS – the list goes on, but we’ll stick to the following facts: Over 10,000 events in 40 years with over 2 million visitors. We promise: The Markthalle is special and you can breathe music history here. The Markthalle also has its finger on the pulse when it comes to sustainable orientation. The Markthalle is guided by the UN’s 17 sustainability goals, has been Ecoprofit certified since 2017 and GWÖ certified since 2021. Already in 2016, it switched completely to green electricity and since 2022 has achieved climate neutrality through Climate Partner – retroactively from 2019. And the best thing is: you don’t have to be Noel Gallagher, Angus Young, Sting or Anthony Kiedis to hold your own event in the Markthalle. You can also rent it as a normal event planner for corporate events, trade fairs and congresses.


The Congress Center

This is great news for the new CCH – Congress Center Hamburg: In the field of revitalization, it is the first and so far the only existing German congress center to receive gold certification from the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). This is the highest award for sustainability from the DGNB that an existing congress building has received to date.

The new CCH is one of the most modern and, with a total area of 36,000 square meters, largest congress centers in Europe. Here is just a small excerpt of the “sustainable” facts:

  • 85 percent of the wood products used in the CCH – Congress Center Hamburg come from sustainable forestry. Environmentally friendly and healthy building products were used in a targeted manner.
  • The new CCH meets high requirements for accessibility – among other things, inductive hearing aids and tactile guidance systems, optical alarm systems, digital signage and flashing lights were implemented.
  • To improve the microclimate, increase biodiversity and reduce the ecological footprint, 2,000 square meters of additional green roof were implemented above Hall 1.
  • In the planning, great importance was attached to very good room and foyer lighting, with the aim of recreating the natural daylight rhythm in the halls and meeting rooms and creating balanced brightness and lighting moods.

The Coworking Space

So many successful bands have made guest appearances at the Markthalle and have experienced a rocket-like rise. Rocket-like ascents – that is also what the foodlab is supposed to make possible. As a breeding ground for food start-ups, the foodlab combines coworking space, a media studio for shootings, kitchen space for creating and testing, and a pop-up space. Located in Hamburg’s HafenCity, foodlab is also about that certain “more”. A conscientious use of resources, a correct approach to people and a respectful use of time and knowledge as a resource. Whether it’s their own in-house composter for making their own hummus or the inclusive approach in the complete orientation – foodlab thinks and acts sustainably. You also notice this when you rent the rooms as an event planner – they are available for events of all kinds.