COP26

London wins bid to host 2023 Ecocity World Summit

London, UK has won a bid to host the biennial 2023 Ecocity World Summit, a global conference on sustainable cities. The hybrid physical-virtual summit will take place, 6-8 June 2023, at the Barbican Centre. It will convene representatives from communities across the city from schoolchildren, academia and professionals, to investors, trade associations and political leaders, to share new thinking a...

The road to COP26: Has the industry finally woken up?

In the lead up to United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), 31 October-12 November 2021, Oliver Thomas asked whether the industry had woken up to the impending dangers of global climate change? In 2015, COP21 was the conference where the momentous Paris Climate Agreement was signed, dedicating the international community to keep global average temperatures well below a two-degree increase....

ADNEC announces pledge for Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050

The Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has announced its pledge to Net Zero Carbon Events, promising to produce a net zero carbon footprint for events by 2050. This pledge is part of a global initiative from an organising task force initiated by leading events industry stakeholders through global industry trade associations. ADNEC’s pledge also supports the United Arab Emirates (UAE) N...

Global events industry presents Net Zero Carbon Events pledge at COP26

The global events industry has presented a roadmap for a net zero carbon future for events. Industry leaders from venues, organisers, suppliers, and associations, were live on stage at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, 10 November, demonstrating the commitment of the events industry community to fight climate change. The Net Zero Carbon Events pledge At the time of the...

COP26 and the sustainable future of events

Alex Hughes, Co-founder, Totem Hybrid Events, says the situation should not be about damage limitation but about seizing an important opportunity   Covid-19 was a ‘reset’ moment for the events industry. We stopped, we worried, and we all responded in different ways to that moment – and we are still adapting to the ripples of change. Alongside that reset, something else happened – someth...

Global events industry pledge ready for COP26

In the run-up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, the global events industry has adopted a ‘Net Zero Carbon Events Pledge’ to commit actors in the sector to targets aligned with the Paris Climate Accord. The pledge has broad industry support, with a range of members from the events industry supply chain involved in developing and executing the plans. On 10...

Totem event tech brings Climate Week NYC centre stage

Totem, a London-based technology company, has described how it provided the virtual and hybrid events platform used to bring Climate Week NYC, 20-26 September, to the global stage. The virtual platform enabled 3,000 registrations for the event from senior business and government leaders from across the world. This year’s event had a focus for the global sustainability movement ahead of COP26 in No...

COP this

EventDecision’s Matt Grey outlines some actions required for making better sustainability decision in the event industry:   Over the next three months we’ll be seeing a lot about sustainability. We’ll watch as governments announce ambitious targets and policies, as scientists broadcast some dire statistics – and as brand after brand launch their consumer sustainability campaigns. Agencies lar...

Feeling the breeze of optimism

AIPC CEO Sven Bossu sees the sun shining again for convention centres and the sustainability agenda: Preparing the AIPC Annual Conference is a great opportunity to reach out to our members and get a feel of what is really going on in the world of convention centres. While I am writing this column, it is 27°C outside, sunny and with a beautiful blue sky – which is exactly the sensation I get when t...

Identity to follow up G7 work by helping UK Government to deliver COP26 in Glasgow

Events agency Identity has been chosen to work with the UK Government to deliver the 26th session of the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Scotland this November. Following a competitive tender process, UK-based Identity will deliver the 12-day event at Glasgow’s SEC Centre on behalf of the UK Government. The news follows Identity’s delivery of the G7 Summit in Cornwall ...