Environmental aspects

The Congress Center Basel invests continuously in the optimisation of its ecological indicators and wishes to further promote the environmentally aware behaviour of its employees at their workplace.


Switzerland is world champion when it comes to recycling. As part of the MCH Group, the Congress Center Basel recycles around 90% of its waste in cooperation with a local partner.


Wassermann & Company AG, the exclusive catering partner of Messe Basel and the Congress Center Basel, stands for responsible catering in terms of the environment, quality, transparency, the traceable origin of products and, naturally, the guarantee of a delicious culinary experience without a guilty conscience. Their work is centred on the conscious handling of food.


In order to reduce waste and minimise ecological impact, the Congress Center Basel ensures that the environment is taken into consideration through careful selection of its suppliers. The Congress Center Basel uses mainly biodegradable products for consumable supplies and works together closely with regional partners.


Solar Messe Basel
Photovoltaic system on the roof of Hall 1

Canton Basel-Stadt has pursued a progressive energy and environmental policy for many years. In 2013, Messe Basel dispensed almost completely with the use of fossil fuels.

A photovoltaic system was installed on the roof of Hall 1 in Basel in 1999 already and this was extended to four times its original size on the roof of the new exhibition building designed by renowned architects Herzog & de Meuron, which opened in April 2013. A solar unit capable of supplying an average of 60 to 80 households with electricity was also installed on the roof of the Congress Center Basel in January 2015.

Furthermore, new and more efficient refrigerating and lighting systems have been installed. The lighting system alone permits energy savings of 70% compared with the previous system.

City of Basel

In 2007, Basel received the "European Energy Award Gold" for its efforts to increase energy efficiency and use renewable energies. In addition, Basel was the first pilot region for Novatlantis, an initiative of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), to implement the 2000-watt society.


Tram Basel
Green Basel Tram
Another way in which Basel is endeavouring to protect the environment is through the reduction of private transport. Basel has thus developed a highly efficient public transport system. This is used by the city's inhabitants as well as by daily commuters from the surrounding areas. The city provides visitors with a "Mobility Ticket". This is handed to all guests when they check in at a hotel within the city boundaries and entitles them to use the city's public transport system (trams and buses) free of charge.


Water consumption is carefully monitored in the Congress Center Basel. Only degradable cleaning materials are used and these are prehumidified to ensure that no water is wasted during the cleaning process.