Global sustainability

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre sees strong demand returning

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), Malaysia reports a significant increase in demand for in-person events, with 127 global meetings (51 conventions and 76 exhibitions) booked until the end of 2024. Alan Pryor, the general manager of KLCC, commented: “We definitely are seeing an improvement in Malaysia’s business events landscape after two years, which were heavily impacted by the pandemic....

ATPI leads UK litter initiative

Travel management company, ATPI held a clean-up at Pakefield beach, 28 May, near Lowestoft, UK, alongside Air Canada, United Airlines and Lufthansa. Bringing together employees of ATPI, Air Canada, and United Airlines the initiative began when Dean Mitchell, head of supplier relations at ATPI, was shocked by the amount of litter on the roads in his local area and began litter picking. Bob Shumache...

Events industry reflects on sustainability progress on Earth Day

The events industry is reviewing its impact on the environment and celebrating initiatives towards creating a more sustainable industry, as it looks to take action on this year’s Earth Day, 22 April. Earth Day is an annual event that raises awareness for people, industries and governments to support environmental protection. Six months after COP 26, the events industry is taking Earth Day as an op...

Events under lockdown

Arna Wahl Davies, co-founder and director of the New Zealand-based PCO Composition, talks to Oliver Thomas about organising virtual and sustainable events during the Covid-19 pandemic Composition is a small company of professional conference organisers (PCOs), which works with membership-based associations in the planning and production of domestic and international conferences. Composition’s clie...

Arinex claims to be first carbon neutral Australian event company

Event and conference management business, Arinex says it has become the first Australian event management company to gain carbon neutral certification. The company has carbon neutral certification by Climate Active, awarded to businesses and organisations that have achieved a state of net zero emissions. Nicole Walker (pictured), managing director of Arinex, stated: “We are acutely aware that this...

Flight Centre Travel Group powers sustainability initiative

The Australian travel retailer Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG), has partnered with the charity LiteHaus International to donate and repurpose end-of-life technology devices to vulnerable communities across Australia. The partnership will see FCTG managing corporate e-waste in the form of laptops, tablets and other devices, by transforming them into opportunities to help bridge the digital divide...

Copenhagen’s wonderful new partnership with the European Society of Association Executives

The Copenhagen Convention Bureau (CVB) has announced a new partnership with the European Society of Association Executives (ESAE). The new collaboration signifies a commitment from both sides to develop the European associations’ communities, and to debate strategic business models of the future. This will be done through the mutual knowledge sharing of expertise, best practices, insights, a...

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...

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