Sustainable Checklist

Photo: Chris Tonnesen

Wonderful Copenhagen’s ambition for 2030 is that tourism in Greater Copenhagen positively impacts local and global sustainable development.

Let us inspire you with sustainable initiatives for your event, and help us keep Copenhagen a green city for events and conferences.

6 tips for sustainable events

#1 Sustainable catering

Have you considered a green menu? Go vegetarian - or even vegan. Let meat be an option for those who want it.  

#2 Exit-strategy

What happens with everything that is brought into the venue? Can you donate leftovers? Do you even need it in the first place?

#3 Communicate sustainability!

Make sustainability a natural part of your event. Include your participants, and let them know how they can contribute. 

#4 Travel sustainably

Encourage participants to travel sustainably to the conference and in between venues. Whenever possible promote public transport.

#5 Consider diversity

Have you thought about diversity at your event? Can you do anything to enhance gender distribution among speakers?

#6 Who is in charge?

Have an appointed employee in charge of enhancing sustainability.


Find more inspiration for sustainable options in Copenhagen 

Organic restaurants

Copenhagen rhymes with organic! Whether you are into Italian, Nordic cuisine or simply a Danish hot dog organic is always an option.

Sustainable activities

The focus on environment and sustainability is seen all over the city - there are many ways to arrange sustainable events for you and your team.

1st Green Tourism Organization

Wonderful Copenhagen becomes the world’s first certified Green Tourism Organization - a certification for those destinations, that does something spec...


There are lots of easy and convenient opportunities for sustainable transportation in Copenhagen!

Go by train

In 2019, a new metro line is launched in Copenhagen, making the city more interconnected than ever before. Going by train has never been more easy! In less than 15 minutes, the metro will take you directly from city center to the airport.

The city of biking

Encourage your participants to go by bike. Copenhagen is the world's most bike-friendly city. Most Copenhageners commute daily by bike and consider it the fastest way to get around the city. 

Flight compensation

Avoiding to fly is the best way of reducing emissions from transportation. Encourage your participants to minimise their distances flown or to fly directly to the destination without layovers. Additionally, many flight operators allow passengers to compensate by offsetting carbon emissions. 

Bike rentals

The fastest and easiest way to get around. More than half of Copenhageners commute daily by bike.

Public transportation

Public transportation in Copenhagen is punctual and reliable. Find out all you need to know right here.

City pass

Enjoy unlimited travels by bus, trains and metro from the moment you land in Copenhagen Airport.

In Copenhagen everything is closer

Food & Waste

Recycling is the key to a sustainable set up!

Your food

Go veggie

Choosing vegetarian - or even vegan - menus is an easy way of reducing Co2 emission with minimum effort. 

Choose local

Make your catering even more sustainable by choosing locally produced food, coffee & beverages. Also consider buying fairtrade and organic where appropriate.

Food waste 

Avoid food waste, for instance by donating left overs to local shelters or charity organizations.  

Water supply

Drink it from the tap - Denmark has some of the worlds cleanest tap water. Provide your guests with water in jugs or reusable glass bottles.

Your waste

Plastic is not fantastic

Replacing any plastic drinking vessels and plates with reusable tableware will reduce your plastic consumption significantly.

Reusable materials

Many materials used during events are easy to reuse. Recollect your displays, banners & name tags for next time, and save both time, money and ressources.

Waste separation

Most of your participants will be glad to contribute. Make it easy and convenient for them to sort their waste during the event.

Several organisations are ready to assist you with food waste donations


Sells goods that regular supermarkets can no longer sell due to overdue ‘best before’ dates, incorrect labels or damaged packaging.

The Danish Food Bank 

The Danish Food Bank makes it possible to donate surplus food to support socially vulnerable groups


From food waste to green energy. Refood collects ffood waste and used coocking oil from all over the country.

Venue & Hotels


Pick a venue that is conveniently located. Is all venues and events close to where your participants will be staying? Provide your participants with information on public transport, bike rentals - or simply suggest a walk-n-talk!

Environmental strategy

Does your chosen venue have an environmental strategy and clear environmental objectives? More importantly - does it have the means to achieve them?

Energy and resources

Does the company possess plants for the use of renewable energy, such as solar plants, wind energy, bio-fuels or soil heating? Are low energy bulbs used wherever possible?

Sustainable consumption

Is recycling and eco-friendliness at heart of your chosen venue? Do they collect rainwater? Are detergents, soap, toilet paper and other products eco-labeled? Even the smallest initiatives can contribute to great environmental improvements.

Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers

Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers is the leading hotel in sustainability. The hotel's green profile means that it consumes 65% less energy than other com...

Arp-Hansen hotel group

All hotels in Arp-Hansen Hotel Group, as well as Tivoli Congress Center, are environmentally certified by the Green Key.

Scandic Hotels

Sustainability is a part of Scandic's core values. By the end of 2016, 180 hotels were certified under the Nordic Swan Ecolabel or the EU Ecolabel.

Copenhagen has some of the world's most eco-friendly hotels to offer

Tourism for good

Our strategy 'Tourism for Good' is an invitation to a journey towards sustainable tourism. Wonderful Copenhagen’s ambition for 2030 is that tourism in Greater Copenhagen positively impacts local and global sustainable development.

The strategy consists of a guiding long-term ambition for Greater ­Copenhagen with four focus areas that prioritise our efforts in 2018–2021.

Tourism for good strategy

Four focus areas a central for the journey towards sustainable tourism.

Sustainable Development Goals

Read more about UN's Sustainable Development Goals

Tourism for good and the SDG's

How can tourism contribute to achievement of the sustainable development goals?

Case: Tomorrow's urban travel 2018

Tomorrow's Urban Travel 2018 in Copenhagen had ambitious ideas for making conferences more eco-friendly. Check out their 9 initiatives for making the conference sustainable.

Tomorrow's urban travel 2018
Trends, challenges and opportunities in urban travelling.
CO2 reductions at TUT18
1. CO2 calculations on the food
Food is a major overlooked source of carbon emissions. Especially meat production is a big contributor to global warming. TUT calculated the CO2 emission on the different food choices and showed the results. Then participants could make up their mind about what to eat.
2. No food left behind
Participants role in preventing food waste, at the conference, was to eat up. Any leftovers in the kitchen were given to the local Café Dugnad that employs and caters for local socially vulnerable people.
3. No bottled water
There were no water in fancy plastic or glass bottles at the conference. Participants could drink the clean, safe and tasty tap water that Copenhagen provides, and preferably bring their favorite reusable bottle from home.
4. No printing, no handouts, no goodie bags
There were no printed programmes (except on the nametags), participants list or other paper waste. All essential information was sent to participants digitally.
5. Hand over those name tags
Participants could bring their nametag home as a souvenir. But if they had no use for it, it was handed in at the end of the day and re-used for another event.
6. Rain is not always bad
No need to be sad on a rainy day. The event location Øksnehallen has a system, that uses the rainwater from the roof to flush toilets. Don't worry - even if it didn't rain participants were stil able to flush.
7. Leave the car at home
TUT had chosen an event location centrally located for public transportation. Copenhagen’s central station was in only five minutes walking distance. From there you can go almost anywhere, including 13 mins to the airport. Shared electric city bikes were available just outside the venue.
8. CO2 offsetting speaker’s flights
You do not have to compromise on the quality of speakers, even though that means flying them around the globe for you. The carbon emissions from those flights are about the same as three average Danish citizens emissions in one year. TUT compensated for this, by supporting a Gold Standard certified UN carbon reducing project.
9. Don’t panic, it’s organic
Or at least most of it. Besides being delicious, almost all the vegetables and herbs, the bread, the butter and the cheese served at Tomorrow’s Urban Travel were organic. They were not there with the meat yet – maybe next year.