Palexpo SA, committed to sustainable development

ISO 20121 : 2012

In 2018, Palexpo SA obtained the first ISO 20121: 2012 certification for its infrastructure.

This standard, which is dedicated to the events business, attests that our building is operated with a view to sustainability for events.

In 2019, Palexpo SA obtains the second ISO 20121: 2012 certification for its events.

This refers to a responsible management system and recognizes that all these events are organized in a sustainable manner and with respect for the environment. The result of a pronounced commitment to sustainable development over many years, these certifications underline the efforts made by Palexpo SA to limit the ecological impact of its activities and to align itself with the UN’s 2030 objectives.

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ENERGY OPTIMIZATION

Two energy audits have made it possible to increase the energy efficiency of Palexpo, in particular by reviewing the ventilation and lighting of the halls. A weather station installed in Hall 6 adjusts the heating and ventilation in real time. The collection of electricity consumption data is computerized and provides detailed indicators in real time. Palexpo uses only Swiss electrical energy of sustainable origin, either from renewable sources or hydroelectric power. A pioneer in sustainable development, when it was built in 1981, Palexpo designed the roof of its halls with a view to installing solar panels and connected it to the distance heating network.

With its 30,000 m² of photovoltaic panels on its roof, Palexpo, the international exhibition and congress center in Geneva, is the second largest solar power plant in the country. This installation currently covers the equivalent of the annual needs of 1,350 households.

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minimize consumption

All sanitary facilities are equipped with sensors and cells to minimize water consumption. The replacement of all the lighting in Halls 1 and 2 in 2018 resulted in savings of 375,000 kWh, or the consumption of 100 Swiss households. Palexpo also received the Nega-Watt award in 2020 for its efforts to reduce energy consumption.

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Electric cars are welcome at Palexpo. The introduction of electric vehicle charging stations in the P12 parking lot since 15 February 2019 has encouraged electromobility.

These terminals are accessible to SIG-MOVE network subscribers as well as to visitors.

Reduce and
Reuse

As regards waste, Palexpo SA applies the “3Rs” concept: Reduce – Reuse – Recycle. Half of its waste is sorted at source, the rest is processed by a specialized service provider. Optimizing the filling of containers has made it possible to reduce the number of kilometers traveled by our vehicles, and therefore the CO² emissions.

recyclability of waste

The annual average is over 75% recyclability of total waste. The Supercross has used the same soil since 1987; the International Horse Show reuses its sand every year. Soil and sand are stored near Palexpo, without the need for long truck journeys to transport them.

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Les certificats et labels de Palexpo SA

CERTIFICATION ISO 20121
CERTIFICAT SIG-ÉCO21
ÉLECTRICITÉ VITALE VERT
TRANSITION ÉNERGÉTIQUE
AGENCE DE L'ÉNERGIE POUR L'ÉCONOMIE
AMBASSADEUR DU TERROIR GENEVOIS
PROGRAMME QUALITÉ DU TOURISME SUISSE