Palexpo is located 10 minutes on foot from Genève Aéroport and 4 kilometres from the city centre and the shores of Lake Geneva.
Palexpo has 17 conference rooms, 6 of which are modular, 10 offices and 3 entrance halls available to facilitate the delegates’ tasks. Moreover, the A, B and C modular halls include a total of 2,500 seats.
Palexpo has made consistent efforts to minimise its use of natural resources. During its construction in 1981, the roofs of the halls were designed to be fitted with solar panels. Nowadays, 30,000 sqm of photovoltaic panels have been installed on the roofs of Palexpo, representing the second largest solar plant in the country. This installation covers the annual needs of 1,350 households.
Furthermore, the heating and ventilation are adjusted in real time thanks to a weather station fitted on top of Hall 6.
In terms of waste, Palexpo applies a “3Rs” concept: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Half the waste is sorted at source while the rest is managed by an external service provider. For certain exhibitions, recycling reaches almost 80% of total waste.
From a social perspective, harmony with the employment market is excellent since 100% of the executives are hired locally. The share of women in executive positions reflects their proportion within the company (36%). In the same positions, there is no difference in wages between men and women.
Many other measures are taken in the following fields:
The CICG is located 10 minutes by public transport from the airport and the city centre.
The CICG includes 32 conference rooms with 20 to 2,200 seats, 8 halls entirely equipped for interpreting services, 45 offices and 4,000 sqm of exhibition area. The M!P restaurant can welcome up to 600 guests and includes an 800 sqm terrace.
The sorting of waste is an important feature at the CICG. Users are also invited to share in this approach thanks to sorting containers in the buildings. The CICG also demands that cleaning companies respect the sorting of waste. All the sorted waste is then reduced in volume thanks to rubbish compactors, which means fewer trips to the dump where the waste will then be recycled.
The products used at the CICG are environmentally friendly and recycled. Furthermore, the use of e-mail is favoured for both internal and external communication.
Low-consumption light sources are used all over the buildings. Occupancy sensors and timers have also been fitted since 2004 in the areas that do not demand permanent lighting.
Heating and air conditioning:
Gas is the preferred fuel and is brought via pipes, thereby reducing the consumption of “grey energy”. Furthermore, the insulation of the installations and pipes has also been reinforced.
An account of the consumption and hours of operations of the cooling and air conditioning equipment is regularly updated.
The CICG keeps an account of its water consumption. Thus, anomalies can be detected thanks to regular monitoring and over-consumption and leaks can be reduced.
A flat daily rate is applied within the CICG for the availability of water fountains within the building: each customer pays a symbolic Swiss franc per participant, per week. The CICG then gives 25% of the total amount to two charities who work to facilitate access to water and preserve water sources.
The CICG has several beehives under its roof, which all produce local honey and share in preserving bees.
Kuoni Congress has developed a sustainable policy whose strategy focuses on two approaches:
• The internal consolidation of sustainable development
• Raising the awareness of its partners and service providers
Kuoni Congress has also introduced a code of conduct for its service providers, which addresses the following topics:
• Respect for the applicable law
• Human Rights and working conditions
• Sexual exploitation of children and teenagers
• Local supply and support for local communities
• Control and application
For more information, please refer to the website of Kuoni Congress.
The MCI’s sustainable development experts help their customers organise environmentally-friendly events, the aim being to optimise their environmental impact and carbon footprint.
The MCI’s sustainable development approach is based on striking the right balance between three pillars, namely People, Planet and Profit. The strategies and actions are based on the UN Global Compact’s ten universal principles.
MCI Group is among the first agencies to have created a Sustainable Development Consulting Unit, rewarded several times since its inception. The unit enables customers to gain in efficiency, accelerate their innovation processes and reinforce their brand image.
Since 2007, MCI has carried out several sustainable development-related actions, including:
2007: Introduction of a corporate social responsibility policy
2008: Publication of the first sustainable development report
2012: The intensity of carbon emissions has been reduced by 23% since 2010
2013: Women hold 38% of managerial positions
For more information, please refer to the website of MCI.