A Green and Sustainable Congress Centre

July 17, 2017



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One of the primary objectives of the Kursaal Congress Centre and Auditorium is to promote environmentally friendly behaviour which helps minimise the impact on the environment and reduces carbon footprint.


Thanks to Kursaal’s commitment to environmental stewardship, in January 2008, the Congress Centre was awarded the coveted UNE EN ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management Certification. This award recognises Kursaal’s Environmental Management System as one which minimises any of the Congress Centre’s operations which may negatively affect the environment. This is carried out by not only reducing energy, raw material, water consumption and optimising waste management, but also by committing the Congress Centre to continually improve in these endeavours as part of its Environmental Improvement Plan.


Kursaal’s Environmental Management System has resulted in, among other quantifiable benefits for the organisation and the broader community, considerable savings in raw materials and energy and a significant reduction of waste. In particular, water usage has been cut by 70%, electricity by 34% and paper by 41%.


The ISO 14001 standard provides a steadfast assurance that the Kursaal Congress Centre’s environmental impact is always being measured and improved, while strict internal protocols which help to optimise the management of resources are followed. In addition to promoting innovative thinking and transformative change, this commitment to the environment also guarantees cost reduction and business continuity.


Kursaal’s specialist Department of Sustainability is entrusted with the responsibility of the management of this Environmental Improvement Plan, with the Department’s Technical Director overseeing operations to ensure compliance and efficiency.




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Green Mark at the International Tourism Trade Fair (FITUR)


In 2015, the Kursaal Congress Centre was awarded the prestigious AENOR Green Mark for Environmental Management at the International Tourism Trade Fair, which takes places annually in Madrid. AENOR offers the most extensive catalogue of environmental certificates, validations and verifications, that allows an organisation to prove its commitment to the environment and promote the best management of resources. The assessments conducted by AENOR help to make environmental commitment a factor of competitive differentiation.


AENOR's support for good practices in environmental matters ranges from general environmental management systems, such as ISO 14001, to areas such as ecodesign or energy management or issues concerning specific sectors, such as forestry.





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Kursaal - A Unique Space in the Heart of Donostia


Located on the beachfront and in the heart of the city, the Kursaal Congress Centre is a state-of-the-art architectural ensemble. It was bestowed the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award back in 2001; an accolade which acknowledges and rewards quality architectural production in Europe. Kursaal provides the perfect setting for the hosting of all types of events, and boasts some of the most advanced cutting-edge technologies and versatile spaces to be found anywhere in Europe. Their highly experienced and committed team cultivates a reputation for reliability and excellence of service to its guests and proposes creative solutions to meet the business needs of its clients.


Innovative in both design and functionality, Kursaal is a benchmark for companies and professionals looking for the very best in event services. From conventions, Board of Directors’ meeting, General Shareholders' meetings, information seminars, debates, round tables, executive meetings, public presentations, plenary sessions to contract signings, press conferences, social events and protocols such as cocktails, concerts, banquets and even gala lunches: all kinds of meetings and events are catered for at the Kursaal Congress Centre.


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Business conventions


Mitshubishi, Schaeffler, Audi, Samsung, BMW, Nobel Biocare, Pernod-Ricard, ABB Niessen, BNP Paribas and EDP are among a few of the companies which have recently chosen Kursaal to host their annual conventions, whilst KPMG, Deutsche Bank, L'Oreal, Volkswagen, Procter & Gamble, Schweppes and Henkel have utilised Kursaal’s Congress Hall for their corporate meetings.


The Kursaal Congress Centre provides the client with a personalised service which includes the most innovative technological endowments. Strong emphasis is placed on flexibility, coordination and being able to control every step of the event planning process from inception to completion.


Kursaal’s expert staff members take an active participation in project operations. They assist in the realisation of the event objectives and help to manage the wide range of services on offer, from the audio/visuals and stage lighting to the renting of materials or equipment, while technical staff, hostesses and simultaneous interpreters are always on hand to deliver service and provide assurance. Additionally, there is the option to procure à la carte human resources and technical services.


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Kursaal illuminates events


A truly unique functionality of the Kursaal Congress Centre is the ability to luminously project the event holder’s logo onto the façade of the Congress Centre.


In addition to this unique feature, the Congress Centre comes fully equipped with the latest technology and offers a comprehensive service capable of handling the most demanding of events.


Internationally-recognised endorsements such as the ISO-14001, ISO-9001 and the CE Marking are testament to the fact that sustainability, quality and service are a trademark of the Kursaal Congress Centre and Auditorium.





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