Global sustainability

CWT and Etihad initiate carbon offsetting partnership

The travel management platform CWT and Etihad Airways have announced a carbon offsetting partnership initiative, as part of the launch of Etihad’s Corporate Conscious Choices programme. This initiative will see all CWT client bookings made on Etihad-operated flights automatically offset by the airline using the ICAO Carbon Emissions Calculation methodology. This programme, 1 January-31 March, will...

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...

GRI and Support the Goals report on progress of SDGs

A new study has revealed that four-in-five companies assessed include a commitment in their sustainability reports to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), yet fewer than half set measurable targets for how their actions contribute towards fulfilling the SDGs. The publication State of Progress: Business Contributions to the SDGs, produced by Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and Support the Go...

How Canada’s finance and insurance hubs are prioritising the planet over profit

With the dust settling on COP 26, unfettered capitalism is now persona non grata, and, in the world of business, there is a refocusing on long-term, big picture thinking that melds the pursuit of profit with a desire to radically reduce environmental costs. When it comes to finance and insurance, this takes the form of “sustainable finance”. As an element of “responsible growth”, susta...

Convention Centre Dublin secures Event Sustainability Management Systems accreditation

The Convention Centre Dublin (CCD), Ireland, announced that it has secured accreditation in Event Sustainability Management Systems – ISO 20121. The CCD is one of only three venues in Ireland to hold this accreditation. Management says its vision is to make CCD Ireland’s most sustainable venue and a leading expert in sustainable event delivery in Europe. The CCD has identified four ambitions to ac...

Viparis and GL events team up to curb carbon emissions

As part of a joint effort to curb carbon emissions, global events services provider GL events, will lease 8,000 sqm of hall space at Viparis’s Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition complex to store equipment for building stands at the Première Vision Paris trade shows in France. This environmental initiative aims to eliminate the need to dispatch more than 500 Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGVs) during the two ...

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...

UAE to host COP28 in 2023

The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has officially announced that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will host the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) in 2023. The UNFCCC confirmation followed unanimous endorsement by the Asia Pacific Group of nations during COP26, where nearly 200 countries have gathered to take action to cap global greenhouse gas emissions and unite against cli...

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...

Gothenburg tops Global Destination Sustainability Index for fifth time in a row

The Global Destination Sustainability Index 2021 awards were presented at the ICCA World Congress in Paris, 26 October, with Gothenburg ranking at the top for the fifth time in a row. GDSI is a broad measure of how cities are at working with sustainability. Assessment and scoring are based on 69 different criteria that cover everything from recycling, greenhouse gas emissions, accessibility, inclu...

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...

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