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Hamburg goes greener ahead of wind conference

German city bans coffee pods and other pollutants in public venues, as city readies for WindEnergy Hamburg

Pictured: Hamburg Convention Bureau's 'green team'

Hamburg has banned coffee pods from its public-run venues as the city prepares for a major international green energy conference.

The German city has pledged to ban the pods, along with bottled water, air freshener, plastic plates and any other polluting products. 

Hamburg Convention Bureau (HCB) is taking the city's green credentials further, and is providing industry-specific training programmes and by advising organisers on hosting green meetings in the city, ahead of hosting WindEnergy Hamburg on 27-30 September.

Florian Gerdes, marketing manager conventions at Hamburg Convention Bureau, said: "Hamburg’s activities in this arena means it is a compelling destination for conferences, events and meetings in the sector. WindEnergy Hamburg, the leading global expo, returns to Hamburg in September and the city will host key international decision-makers in the global energy business. The WindEurope conference is being held parallel to WindEnergy Hamburg in the Congress Center Hamburg (CCH) for the first time this year. The simultaneous staging of two key events in the wind industry will make Hamburg a global wind energy centre."

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