Scandic opens sustainable flagship in Hamburg

Scnadic hotel Hamburg

The new Scandic Hamburg Emporio was eco-certified and award-winning for its sustainable building, even before it opened.

The flagship hotel, with 325 eco-aware rooms and a conference centre embodies Scandic's focus on the Nordics and Northern Europe. The biggest hotel chain in the Nordic region also meets Hamburg's environmental vision as 'European Green Capital 2011', with a hotel in the heart of the city where guests can expect unique solutions in terms of sustainability, accessibility and design.

Scandic Hamburg Emporio takes pole position in the list of '50 Certified Green Hotels', ranked by the German Business Travel Association (VDR) based on factors such as energy and water consumption, food and drink and corporate social responsibility. Exclusively using renewable electricity with Greenpeace Energy as its partner, the hotel will cut its carbon emissions by up to 1,000 tonnes per year compared with using conventional energy sources. The hotel is also set to be certified to carry the EU Ecolabel.

Accessibility is also a prominent part of the hotel design. Design for all, Scandic's comprehensive accessibility standard, which takes the form of a 110-point checklist, has informed work on the hotel from the very beginning. Accessibility is integrated into the Scandinavian interiors and many of the innovative solutions for greater accessibility are invisible to the untrained eye, but they make a hotel stay comfortable and convenient for everyone. It doesn't matter whether guests have a disability or not – here everyone is welcome.

The hotel's water theme, by designer Jesper Waldersten, gives the guests a sense of a soothing marine environment, and in the appropriately named 'H2O' restaurant Scandic's Scandinavian roots can also be seen in the seasonal menu. Up on the seventh floor the conference centre, with its impressive views of the Hamburg skyline, offers energising and innovative catering created by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, who has been working with Scandic for the past few years.

For more information see Scandic's Sustainability and Responsibility pages.

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