“Changed behaviour saving kilowatt hours”
Our group devours energy, almost 30,000 MWh per year. Although we've made great efforts to optimise consumption, there's still a great deal of potential for making further savings. A lot of it depends on finding new smart technology. And a lot of it depends on changing our own behaviour.
Since 2011, we've been working systematically to adapt energy consumption in our facility to the activities and events taking place at any one time. In other words, we control electricity, heat and cooling requirements from a central building monitoring system.
Every day, we check how our rooms and other spaces are being used in order to adjust electricity consumption to the ongoing activities. This continual optimisation of energy consumption to actual requirements provides very tangible savings.
But we have the potential to save even more.
An important aspect here consists of simple investments in energy efficient technology. At the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre we almost always choose the latest technology; we know it almost invariably pays off. One example, diode technology (LED) for outdoor signs uses a tenth of the energy required by traditional neon technology. When it comes to our hotel, Gothia Towers, a lot of lights are on around the clock, and changing from 20 watt bulbs to 4 watt LED bulbs reduces electricity consumption for this lighting by all of 80%.
New pumps, fan motors and other machinery can also provide energy savings, and we're currently calculating investment costs, benefits and reasonable pay-off times for these items. Our thinking is that by working on the basis of our maintenance plans, and employing a systematic approach to changing at the right time, we can save substantial amounts of energy.
The final, important part of the potential for saving energy concerns the human aspect, ourselves. It's about switching off lights, turning off water taps, switching off computers, etc. For everyone involved in the CSR team, the challenge is to involve all Group employees in achieving common goals.
Much depends on making the information on our energy savings easily accessible, and we're doing this through regular reports on our website and our internal network. It's no secret that it's always easier to change one's behavior when one can see the benefits.
Jim Posio, Property Manager,
The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre
"Zero tolerance for unnecessary products"
Pia Pfister is in charge of a 120-strong room cleaning force. She runs a quiet but ruthless revolution on the health and environment front.
"A few years ago, our cleaning staff used very many different cleaning products. Today, they use only one product. The result is rooms that are just as clean, and healthier staff.
Salesmen call almost daily, eager to show and sell their eco-labelled universal cleaners. But when we ask about the type of eco-label their products have, they don't have much to say. When faced with that kind of thinking, we wish and hope that our own way of working with environmental products will act as a good example throughout society.
Every year sees thousands of new chemical products being launched by all kinds of industries, and many of them entail a significant threat to health and the environment. So a critical approach to product development is more than warranted.
The big challenge for the hotel today is to get our guests more involved in our efforts to reduce the consumption of electricity, water and materials. Hotel guests bring an average of 2.2 kg of rubbish into their rooms, which the hotel is left to deal with. We are working to do away with the notion that it is a luxury not to have to bother about such things when you stay at a hotel. We believe that taking responsibility should be both a pleasure and an honour!"
Pia Pfister, Executive Housekeeper, Gothia Towers
"A tighter grip on our chemicals"
After working purposefully for several years to minimise our use of chemicals, we have slashed the number of products we use. Now, our next step is to get a tighter grip on the chemicals we do use.
We intend doing this by establishing a chemical register. Right now, we are in the procurement phase, looking for a supplier who can provide a registration system tailored to our needs. For example, we want to be able to quickly produce statistics and be able to see which departments are using chemicals. Moreover, we need to document which eco-label each product carries."
Jennifer Karlsson, Purchasing Assistant,
The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre
More Facts - Technical Environment
New chemicals must be approved by the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre's chemical group. The number of chemicals used is being reduced step by step.
The energy audit of the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre shall show an increase in the use of energy from non-fossil sources. Already, 69% of the energy for heating and cooling the facility comes from biofuel and waste heat.
All our forklift trucks and lifting equipment, etc. are electric (biogas- and diesel-powered vehicles are used for lifting large boats and the like).
We offer our customers a broad range of ready-built stands, in which all materials are reused.
Please contact us with any comments, questions, queries or suggestions regarding our CSR work.
All the images on the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre's CSR pages have a local connection.
Photography: Matto Fredriksson, Niklas Wennberg, Martin Örnroth, Carina Gran.