Biofuel reduces Viking’s Green Sea Conference climate impact by 90%

2024-03-15T18:49:01+00:00 March 15th, 2024|Environment|

Baltic ferry operator, Viking Line’s latest sustainability innovation, ‘Green Sea Conference’, reduces greenhouse gas emissions from a conference trip by an average of 90%.

This satisfies the desires of environmentally conscious corporate customers, the ferry company said.

Each year about 600,000 passengers travel with groups or conferences on Viking Line’s vessels, and all aspects involved in a sea conference are now subject to a comprehensive sustainability assessment.

Sea conferences have regained their previous popularity following the COVID pandemic. This year, Viking Line’s conference capacity on its Helsinki route is being further expanded, when ‘Viking Cinderella’ returns to Finland, working in tandem with ‘Gabriella’.

Conferences on Viking Line’s vessels are usually arranged for groups with fewer than 30 people, but meetings for 300–500 are also frequently held. Major sea seminars can also host up to 1,000 participants.

The Green Sea Conferences is a new sustainable alternative for conference planners. Greenhouse gas emissions per participant are on average 90% lower for a Green Sea Conference than for the normal conference product.

Green Sea Conferences are offered on all departures on ‘Viking Glory’ and ‘Viking Grace’, serving the Turku route.

“Our customers choose sea conferences above all to combine work and pleasure in a cost-effective way, keep the group together and at the same time meet people’s need for physical meetings, a need that has become stronger in recent years.

“With our new conference product, we can provide all this in such a way that the carbon footprint of their conference trip is small,” said Philip Sjöstrand, Viking Line’s Head of Sales.

“Emissions from a Green Sea Conference are lower because customers who have opted for such a journey travel using renewable biofuel. We have also carried out a detailed sustainability assessment of the other components that are part of a conference trip.

“Each year more than 19,000 group and conference events with a total of some 600,000 participants are held on our vessels. This means every choice that increases sustainability makes a big difference,” added Marika Immonen, Head of Customer Experience at Viking Line.

Everyone who takes part in Viking Line’s conferences are offered sustainable choices, including organic coffee served in the conference facilities, the preference for information provided digitally rather than in printed form, the restaurants’ use of locally sourced ingredients, based on seasonal availability, and a focus on reducing food waste.

All waste generated on Viking Line’s vessels is recycled, and food waste is recirculated as raw material for biogas on most of the company’s vessels.

Viking Line’s corporate customers were involved from the start on work to develop the company’s Green Sea Conferences. Conference planners who opt for this package get offered a carbon footprint report for their trip if required.

“Each year, companies set increasingly ambitious sustainability goals, and it has also become more and more important to employees that their employer’s business is sustainable.

“By choosing a Green Sea Conference, such conference planners are pioneers and can be certain that the emissions from their conference have been minimised. As early as last summer, we started giving our leisure travellers the option of choosing biofuel,” said Viking Line’s Sustainability Manager, Dani Lindberg.