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“A historic building can’t be sustainable, right?” We hear that question a lot, and our reply is always the same: “Well, we absolutely work green.” In this article, Willemijn de Vet (our marketing manager) explains the green initiatives of the Beurs, and how we grow more sustainable every day. Working together is essential to achieve that – inside and outside the organisation.

Blog Sustainability is teamwork: how the Beurs van Berlage is working as green as possible

19 October 2022

Willemijn de Vet explains why the Beurs van Berlage believes in sustainability: “We mainly organise multi-day, international conferences. The flights and trash of these events alone result in a large carbon footprint. Pre-covid, we already looked into ways to improve our sustainability – where did we stand as far as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) went? Several taskforces were set up and our employees were actively engaged in the subject, which resulted in many ideas and plans. These initiatives ground to a halt when covid broke out, but we picked it up afterwards. As it turned out, small sustainability projects already existed throughout the entire organisation. They were just never written down.” These separate initiatives had to be centralised. After all, sustainability is teamwork.

Green Globe certificate

To further shape our sustainability policy, the Beurs looked into sustainability certification. This led us to the Green Globe Standard, international certification for the travel and tourism industry. “That trajectory provided us a framework to evaluate and improve with. For instance, we were asked how we handled our trash, and what kind of electricity we used. It resulted in a list of things we did right and aspects to improve upon. In many areas we were already heading into the right direction. Many people believe you can’t take certain initiatives when you have an historic building, such as installing double-paned windows or solar panels. But there are still a lot of green options left. Ultimately, it’s already sustainable to use a century-old building and giving it the right to exist.” Eventually the Beurs was successfully certified, making it the first Dutch conference centre with a Green Globe certificate.

Greener each day

This trajectory also led to the continuously improved CSR policy. “We pondered which aspects of sustainability should be part of our DNA, to form the foundation of our green policy. One of the main pillars: we are not just throwing out everything non-sustainable. For instance, some parts of the building still don’t have LED lights, and we only replace them with sustainable lights when they’re broken. Furthermore, taking green initiatives often means working closely with Monument Conservation. We cannot just add double-paned windows since it changes the outlook of the building. But we can work together to choose a sustainable window that looks the same.”

Smart air circulation

The Beurs actively invests in innovations, such as ventilation. As summer passed, a lot of warmth stayed inside the building – couldn’t that be used for cold winter days? De Vet: “We set up pumps that keep hot air inside throughout winter. When it’s too cold in one room and hot in another, the system will fix that. The same thing happens in summer, only with cold air. Now we don’t need air conditioning and we consume less gas in winter. At the same time the system circulates fresh air – we don’t pump around ‘used’ oxygen. This has been a huge investment, especially for a historic building, but fortunately it was possible.”

Improving sustainability with suppliers and customers

You can’t be sustainable alone. The Beurs is depending on many partners and suppliers, such as our catering service. “Currently, we achieved a seventy percent garbage reduction in our kitchens, but there is still a lot of residual waste. For that reason, we actively ask our suppliers to reconsider their packaging materials. Could fish be delivered without the plastic wrapping? Could the coffee cups be made of renewable paper? Our partners responded positively to this, and all signed our sustainable selling policy. They agreed to inform us about environment-friendly alternatives, to align with our green objectives. Additionally, we advise our customers on how to organise sustainable events. Are there any green alternatives for the plastic name plates they’re requesting, for example? The Green Globe certificate was just the beginning – now we’re taking it to the next level.”

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Conference as a Service

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Conference as a Service

We organise your five-star conference with international appeal, in a top location and with top facilities.

Let’s create an unforgettable experience together! We give you peace of mind by taking a lot of work off your hands, with services for events from 200 people.

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Five-star quality and sustainable

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Green initiatives of the Beurs van Berlage

Five-star quality and sustainable

Willemijn de Vet explains why the Beurs van Berlage believes in sustainability: “We mainly organise multi-day, international conferences. The flights and trash of these events alone result in a large carbon footprint. Pre-covid, we already looked into ways to improve our sustainability – where did we stand as far as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) went? Several taskforces were set up and our employees were actively engaged in the subject, which resulted in many ideas and plans. These initiatives ground to a halt when covid broke out, but we picked it up afterwards.

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Finally back on location

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After two years with few to none events, there’s a new need for unforgettable live events. This could be a festival, or a concert. But this need also applies to business events. Who wouldn’t want to visit a unique conference on a top-notch location, after all those online meetings? With this blog, we’d like to share three tips to help you organise such an event.

Blog Finally back on location: the business event as a total experience

21 september 2022

Choose a building with ambiance

A good conference has a program filled with inspiring talks and workshops, but it’s of course also the perfect opportunity to meet new people. That wasn’t so easy online. Conversations will go even more smoothly when you are in a conference centre with the right ambiance. Did you pick a building with a rich history? You’ll notice that’s a great topic for discussion itself; it could even be a good icebreaker. This way, a good ambiance establishes a bigger and more direct feeling of togetherness.

Make the city an integral part of the experience

A total experience doesn’t start the moment you arrive at your conference location, but earlier. Choosing the right city contributes strongly to an unforgettable event. The prospect of the trip itself leads to anticipation – voorpret, as we would say in Dutch: fun in advance – especially when you invite guests from abroad. Wouldn’t it be nice to combine the conference with a great city trip, for example? A congress in Amsterdam is a nice opportunity to finally visit the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh Museum. Or you can show your visitors the business centre of the Netherlands: the Zuidas.

Call in an expert

If you want to be sure of a magnificent business event, call in an expert. An excellent conference centre doesn’t only host your event, but also helps you to create a compelling programme. The Beurs van Berlage loves to get in touch with you. We have years of experience in organising conferences, meetings and other (business) events, so we know exactly what we have to pay attention to. Based on your wishes and needs, we’ll prepare a complete package: from the catering menu, to booking nearby hotels. All of these elements – as well as an enthusiastic audience of course – will create an unforgettable experience for your guests.

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Finally Amsterdam again!

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It's finally possible again: conferences on location! This is a great opportunity to get to know Amsterdam (again). One of the most famous cities in Europe.

Don't want any longer

What can you expect when you visit the Dutch capital? The atmosphere there is, as is well known, very open-minded. This way of thinking is shared by a large portion of the inhabitants and is reflected in every fiber of the city. Because Amsterdam is so open to multiple opinions, it is the perfect location for events that encourage collaboration and provide room for new ideas.

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Don’t wait any longer!

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Why now is the time again for on-site events.

Don’t wait any longer!

During the pandemic, Dutch people yearned for on-site events. Also on a professional level. No less than 94% wanted to be able to physically visit a business event again. So now is the time to get serious about physical conferences and other events.

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Internet infrastructure

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More than 100 managed WiFi 6 access points provide the wireless network within the Beurs van Berlage. These MultiGig are connected in all event rooms, which means that each Access points can process at least 2.5 Gbit/s of data.

Internet infrastructure

This ultra-modern infrastructure is duplicated, equipped with professional active components (router, firewall, switches) and connected to two fiber optic networks, ensuring a high level of speed and reliability. Switches and Routers are the backbone of the network. They are continuously monitored and configurations can be made remotely or locally.

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Transform your event into a hybrid experience

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A hybrid event combines the best of two worlds. Keep these eight questions in mind if you want to organise a hybrid event.

Transform your event into a hybrid experience

A hybrid event combines the best of two worlds. On the one hand it is quite traditional: your live guests attend sessions at an inspirational venue, and network with other participants. At the same time there is a virtual component, during which online participants can watch the same sessions remotely and can contact the audience in the room or other online visitors.

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The security measures and standards of the Beurs van Berlage

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Safety is, of course, a very important part of
the high quality that we offer. This information
sheet tells you all about our hygiene and
crowd management measures. Both in normal
as well as during exceptional situations.

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  • The Beurs van Berlage-app
  • Toilet facilities
  • Breaks, lunch and drinks
  • The presence of a Safety Officer

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Safe access to the Beurs van Berlage

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This information sheet concerns the possible ways of admission that are available for visitors so that, despite COVID-19, your event can still take place. We also discuss the situation for international travellers.

Discover the possibilities for safe access to the Beurs van Berlage

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  • Three ways for safe access
  • Digital Corona Certificate
  • How is the QR code scanned at the entrance?
  • PCR test for returning international visitor

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