As an international conference and congress center, we feel a special responsibility towards the region, the environment and the people we welcome here. Sustainability has therefore become a necessity and a matter of course for us. We want you to share in this commitment – to invite you to accompany us on this journey.
Act & host sustainable
As Inselhalle Lindau, we strive for a healthy balance of ecological, social and economic interests. Our goal is to ensure the high quality of events and experiences at the Inselhalle Lindau in the long term and to further develop it in a future-oriented and responsible manner. Sustainability is therefore our guiding principle in all our activities – from environmental and climate protection to shaping social interaction.
Events in the Inselhalle Lindau attract thousands of people. The associated consumption of resources – energy, food, water – the need for transportation, the waste that is generated, inevitably has an impact on the region and our environment. This is where we want to have a positive impact.
Events and congresses have a high visibility. More and more people value sustainable action and want to support events that share these values. A sustainable event concept can therefore be a real competitive advantage.
Sustainable tips for organizers
Want to make your events more environmentally friendly? Here you will find practical tips to minimize the ecological footprint of your events, from energy efficiency to catering and sustainable mobility.read more
Environmental and climate protection
We try to counteract the impact on the environment and nature caused by large events with a variety of different measures and strategies. For example, the Inselhalle is supplied with 100% green electricity from the Lindau public utility company!
- Heating and cooling: The standard room temperature is 20 °C, for the cooling temperature we aim for no more than 6 °C below the outside temperature. We control air conditioning and heating as needed.
- Equipment: We pay attention to efficient use of existing and energy-saving appliances, dishwashers and washing machines, if possible in energy-saving modes. Where necessary, we use rechargeable batteries.
- Save water: Thanks to sensor fittings in public toilets, among other things.
- Waste Management: We rely on reusable systems, well-organized waste separation in all premises and have introduced a collection system for cigarette butts . We communicate our waste concept to visitors in a simple way in German, English & with the help of pictorial representations.
In the offices, we have switched from paper towels to terry cloth towels. We collect our frequently used Edding pens and send them back for recycling.
- Biodiversity: On the premises of the island hall there is an insect hotel, bat station, plants for biodiversity, and as plant fertilizer is not used chemicals, but coffee grounds.
- Cleaning: Environmentally friendly cleaning agents are used.
- Act together: Tips placed in the right places help employees and visitors save energy and water, for example.
We try to avoid new acquisitions in all areas. We first examine the actual need and, if necessary, the possibilities for sustainable procurement. Where possible, we prefer to work with regional dealers, suppliers and service providers.
Measures in detail:
- Paper: To minimize paper consumption, we are switching to digital communications where possible, including for business correspondence and advertising.
- Print: We maintain cooperation with regional printers, ensure the use of ecologically safe ink and print on recycled paper or paper from responsible sources/FSC).
- Event communication: Digital advertising options (Steles TvB) and signage as well as online information are available to event organizers. When we use analog means on event spaces and as advertising materials, we use recycled or biodegradable materials from the region if possible and no disposable merchandise.
- Regionality: We source our decorations from the region. At client meetings, we serve sustainable & regional beverages as well as fair trade coffee products from the local roastery.
- Gifts for guests: As giveaways, we give away environmentally friendly, fairly produced products from the region with sustainable benefits for the recipients.
The Inselhalle is not only a venue for events, it is a meeting place. We work continuously to ensure that all people feel welcome and treated respectfully and appreciatively in our premises:
- Inclusion: We attach great importance to the inclusion of all groups of people at events. The Inselhalle meets all current norms and standards for accessibility. E.g.: Routing for the blind, all areas are accessible for people with walking difficulties, there are loops for the hard of hearing. And where we can, of course, we personally help beyond that.
- Diversity: At Inselhalle, people from different backgrounds, religions, generations with and without disabilities work hand in hand. Equal treatment of all, as well as equal opportunities regardless of gender, is of particular importance to us and a constant goal. We are therefore a convinced member of the Diversity Charter.
- Co-determination: Within our teams, we cultivate an appreciative working relationship. We work in a consensus process and in hierarchy-free team structures in which everyone can really contribute on an equal footing. Self-determined and responsible work determine our everyday life.
- Fair Jobs: Permanent positions, salaries based on collective wage agreements support the appreciation in the company. Additional benefits such as a job bike or public transport ticket from the employer are also provided. We do not employ seasonal workers.
Whichever way you choose to get to the Inselhalle Lindau or to move around on site – each option has its own special appeal. We recommend arriving and getting around by public transport such as train, bus or boat: this way you can enjoy the lake and alpine panorama quite comfortably and at the same time make a valuable contribution to protecting and preserving the region’s nature.read more
Refurbishment of the Inselhalle: Forward-looking!
Maintaining and preserving what is good, building in a contemporary as well as forward-looking manner, and being positioned sustainably and efficiently – we achieved these goals when we refurbished the Inselhalle, which was built in 1981, a few years ago. The hall has been extensively renovated from an energy point of view, including insulation and triple glazing (complies with ENEV standards). The special architecture received the “Special Award of the Federal Ministry of Housing, Urban Development and Building (BMWSB) for sustainable and resource-efficient steel architecture” in 2022. The building is also considered forward-looking due to its modular usage options.
Aspects of resource-efficient architecture:
- Heat recovery via ventilation systems
- Heat and power generation via demand- and time-controlled combined heat and power plant
- Energy-saving panel heating with storage effect for the large floor areas of the hall
- The concrete parts also function as a heat storage mass
We are in!
Charta der Vielfalt
The implementation of Charta der Vielfalt in our organization aims to create an appreciative working environment for all employees – regardless of age, ethnic origin and nationality, gender and gender orientation, physical and mental abilities, religion and ideology, sexual orientation and social background. To this end, we promote dialog within the team, establish forms of value-based collaboration, and review HR processes, among other things.
The Diversity Charter is an employer initiative to promote diversity in companies and institutions. It was launched in December 2006 by four companies and is supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration, Minister of State Reem Alabali-Radovan.
As a forward-looking and sustainable conference location, we have been awarded the “ECHT nachhaltig” seal in the “Veranstaltungshaus” category by Deutsche Bodensee Tourismus GmbH.
As an sustainable event venue, we take aspects of sustainability into account in all areas relating to conference planning and implementation as well as travel and accommodation for guests. Environmental protection and the responsible use of resources are a matter of course for us.
As a member of the European Association of Event Centers (EVVC), we have signed up to the joint sustainability code of the German-speaking event industry „fairpflichtet“.
The Sustainability Code is a voluntary commitment. “Fairpflichtet” means: We are committed to ecological, social and economic sustainability, especially in the planning and implementation of events, and document our commitment along the fairpflichtet guidelines once a year.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 6.5 trillion cigarettes are consumed worldwide every year. Scientists estimate that up to 80 percent of smoked “butts” end up in nature and pollute plants and animals with harmful substances. The remaining 20 percent ends up in incinerators as residual waste. This is not ideal either, as emissions are released during incineration.
Together with TobaCycle, we would like to make a contribution to the environmentally friendly disposal of cigarette butts. Accordingly, we have introduced a collection system for cigarette butts in the Inselhalle: Cigarette butts end up in separate collection garbage cans, which are picked up by TobaCycle and disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner or partially recycled.
TobaCycle was founded in 2018 as a non-profit association for the collection of cigarette butts. The basis is the Closed Substance Cycle Waste Management Act (KrWG), the Environmental Law (UmwR), as well as the EWKFondsG – Act for the Handling of Disposable Plastics and valid waste legislation.