Berlin's green arena

As the operator of the Max-Schmeling-Halle, the Velomax Berlin Hallenbetriebs GmbH is a management with focus on sustainability. Economic, social and ecological sustainability is playing an important role in our systems and structures. We are constantly checking on these principles for being upheld and present in all of our activities.

The building - the green bridge

The roof of the Max-Schmeling-Halle is largely green and known as the “green bridge”, which connects the formerly separate parts of Berlin, "Prenzlauer Berg" in the east and "Wedding" in the former west part of the city.

Measures to reduce resource consumption

• Greening the sloping roof surfaces serves as additional facade insulation and promotes the improvement of the indoor climate

• 1,064 solar modules are installed on the roof of the Max-Schmeling-Halle and produce approx. 225 MWh per year

• Preconditioning of the outside air to regulate the arena temperature

• Renewal of the building management system and thus targeted control of all systems

• The use of daylight through glass facade possible, eg. B. during set-up and cleaning work

• Lighting control via motion detectors and timers

• Successive replacement of conventional lamps with LEDs

• Avoidance of business trips by plane and compensation of corresponding consumption by purchasing CO2 certificates from atmosfair


approach and gastronomy


• A large proportion of the total CO2 emissions of an event is due to the arrival of the participants. Depending on the catchment area, travel by train or public transport is preferable. Our location offers excellent connections for public transportation. 

• Other options for CO2-free mobility include: B. arrival with rental bikes, for example nextbike. Our cooperation partner has a station at the Max-Schmeling-Halle.

• Further information can be found here.



• Our partners (suppliers, tenants etc.) are from the region and offer seasonal and /or ecologically produced food.

• We offer vegetarian alternatives.

• We do without: straws, plastic cutlery and use large containers (large buckets with ketchup and mustard) instead of small packaging

• We use deposit cups instead of disposable cups, avoid high amounts of waste and use waste presses to minimize the amount of waste. Purchasing, communication and documentation.


Our suppliers, partners and we consider the following points when procuring products and purchasing services:

• We avoid unnecessary printing and reduce the consumption of paper, toner and electricity.

• We strive for an almost paper-free office operation, the work documentation and accounting are done electronically.

• Compliance with sustainability criteria for procurement processes and ordering services, e.g. B. Transfer of social security contributions, no bogus self-employment; Compliance with minimum wage and tariff requirements, compliance with occupational safety and much more .

 • Company health management for employees, concrete offers such as B. massages, fruit and sports.

• Sustainable topics are proposed in regular meetings and their implementation is discussed.

• Information sharing and training of all employees and actors.

• Reduction of waste through consistent waste management.

• CO² compensation for the transport of letters takes place in the entire Gegenbauer group.

water saving

• Time limiters on taps in the visitor areas and showers in all athletes' changing rooms and cloakrooms in the arena and side halls.

• Low flow taps.

• Economical cleaning techniques, sustainable cleaning agents through the treatment / reuse of cleaning water as a sub-project of the Clean & Green certification.


Protection of flora and fauna on the company premises

A home for bees

Several colonies of bees live on the green roof of the Max-Schmeling-Halle. The wild animals are looked after and cared for by the beekeeper Wolfgang Wagner. Velomax Berlin Hallenbetriebs GmbH is delighted with the bee and environmentally friendly partnership and the annual result, honey.


Meadow care by sheep

In summer there are animal roommates moving in on our green roof. The sheep graze to sustainably and naturally “mow” the roof. The cute Swedish guests belong to the oldest country breed in Sweden, the "Gutschafe", which are having a cultural heritage status in Sweden. The sheep are staying during the spring and summer - and graze on the roof. In addition to their natural lawnmower job, they act as photo models and are the highlight of many pedestrians.

We are also having so called "morning birdhouses" on the trees on our grounds to protect small birds and provide a home for them. The roof is also a home to fox familys and many other local animals.

social responsibility

Music Declares Emergency

Music Declares Emergency is a group of artists, music industry professionals and organisations that stand together to declare a climate and ecological emergency and call for an immediate governmental response to protect all life on Earth. We believe in the power of music to promote the cultural change needed to create a better future. Velomax Berlin Hallenbetriebs GmbH is one of the declarers.


Take A Stand

The Max-Schmeling-Halle supports the European initiative "Take A Stand", which was launched in 2016 by the festival association Yourope. The aim of the initiative is to promote a culture of solidarity and tolerance, especially at festivals and concerts, and thus to establish it in society in the long term. "Take A Stand" wants to set accents and promote inclusion and dialogue instead of fear and exclusion. The "Take A Stand" initiative is not only aimed at music enthusiasts, but at everyone!


Viva con Agua

The Max-Schmeling-Halle supports the at sporting events and concerts Viva con Agua de Sankt Pauli e.V.. Visitors can easily do something good by donating their deposit cups instead of bringing them back to the bar. The goals of the international and non-profit association are to improve the drinking water supply, access to clean drinking water for everyone and to raise awareness among all people about the global issue of water.

You easily recognize the supporters of Viva con Agua: they have a deposit with them with a Viva con Agua flag.

Green Globe certificated

Since 2010, the Max-Schmeling-Halle has been awarded the globally recognized Green Globe certificate for sustainability, at that time as the first multifunctional arena in Germany, and meanwhile with gold status. The certification requirements at Green Globe range from the sustainable and controlled use of existing resources to social issues such as occupational health and safety, information for visitors to the hall, such as: B. on arrival and accessibility of the location in environmentally friendly ways, up to customer satisfaction. A key success factor is the saving of resources, which is one of the main reasons for the recertification at the Max-Schmeling-Halle. 

The Green Globe Policy