The Project


In 2012, Denmark will host the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. As a result, the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs will organise over 100 meetings from Jan 1st to June 30th, attracting more than 15.000 participants (including 400 ministers and 2000 press) visiting Copenhagen and the city of Horsens in central Jutland.

For sustainability reasons the meetings will be help in only three venues: Bella Center from Jan to April, Forum Horsens from April to June and Eigtveds Pakhus in Copenhagen throughout the presidency for small meetings. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will arrange 10 high level meetings (Ministers and other VIPs) and up to 90 meetings on expert/civil servant level.

Danish Sustainable Events Initiative

Private and public stakeholders affiliated with the Danish Meetings Industry have collaborated to create an ambitious national sustainability project: the “Danish Sustainable Events Initiative”. The DSEI  leverages momentum of the 2012 EU Presidency to inspire businesses to greater collaboration, innovation and sustainable development.  This web is the projects main communication tool. It is a dynamic and innovative web resource for the benefit of both the Danish national and international events industries.

The collaboration targets certification to the ISO20121 event sustainability certification of the Government event management system. Due to the scale and complexity of the Presidency, this project will be the most ambitious event certification project attempted in the business meetings and events sector.

The DSEI project builds on the award winning success of the COP15 Sustainability initiative. At COP15, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark hosted the UN Climate Change Conference, the largest political event ever held in Europe.  The logistics team, with active support of Copenhagen hotels, venues and transport partners, met the world’s most stringent criteria for organization of sustainable event, the BS8901 standard.The actions required to earn that certification were captured in a whitepaper called the Copenhagen Sustainable Meetings Protocol.

Project partners of the DSEI:

The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, VisitDenmark, SAS – Scandinavian Airlines, HORESTA (The Danish Hotel & Restaurant Association), VisitAarhus, VisitAalborg CVB, Inspiring Denmark, State of Green, City of Copenhagen, Bella Center Copenhagen, Wonderful Copenhagen CVB and MCI.

Hear Andreas Clausen Boor – deputy head of EU2012 logistics explain the Danish Governments approach to sustainable event management