Green Globe Certification is a worldwide sustainability system based on internationally accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses.
"Germany's providers are already well equipped to deliver sustainable events," says MD of GCB, Matthias Schultze. "Over the past year the percentage of providers in the event sector who have integrated a sustainability management system into their companies increased by 10 per cent to 37.7 per cent. This means every third provider has firmly established their dedication to sustainability in their organisational structure.
"The Meeting and Events Barometer 2012 indicated that 86 per cent of event planners are convinced that green meetings will continue to increase in the future," he adds.
GCB recently launched a new project for the development and communication of sustainable event management, and the training of 500 consultants on carbon-neutral events. In addition, the GCB offers practical support for arranging green meetings, which includes a presentation of green initiatives and guidelines such as the Carbon Footprint Calculator and 'Fit for Green Meetings' seminars for the events industry.
The Green Globe Certification's CEO, Guido Bauer, says: "The German conference sector is playing a key role in the shift towards eco-friendly businesses. We have developed a management system especially for venues, to which 39 members in Germany have signed up already. The highest standards for environmental projection have been applied in Germany for years and the idea of sustainability has become a tradition in this country."
ASIA - The global association of mobile operators' association GSMA has rebranded its Asia event under the new 'Mobile World Congress' banner and announced initial details of its programme when it debuts in Shanghai next July.
AUSTRLASIA - The Australian business events sector, which is said to be worth AUS$13bn a year to the economy, was boosted this week when the Federal Government entered into a partnership to assist the industry during bidding and event delivery.
MIDDLE EAST - One year on from the UAE winning the right to host the World Expo in Dubai in 2020, the expo's higher committee has mapped out key deliverables to the General Assembly of the BIE, the governing body of the Expo.