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Looking into hybrid events: the benefits

Published on 24 June 2021

When considering all the elements of an in-person event, from catering to material waste and from travelling to accommodation, the greenhouse gas emissions add up quickly. A 2019 report from Hope Solutions showed that the UK events industry emits 1.2bn kg of CO2e every year. It is clear that an in-person event has a significant ...

Minimising your event's food footprint and waste

Published on 3 June 2021

The impact of food waste is not only financial but also includes the energy, fuel and water used to grow food that may not be used. When food waste is sent to landfill it further contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. A research conducted throughout the foodservice industry uncovered that1  A third of all food produced is wasted,  ...

Digital carbon footprint and virtual events

Published on 6 May 2021

As we discussed in one of our previous blogs, ‘Which areas contribute the most to an event’s footprint?’, the main areas that contribute to an in-person event’s footprint are travel, food, materials and waste. This was estimated to be over 170 kilograms of CO2 emissions per day for an average conference attendee. A similar online conference would have a significantly smaller carbon footprint, but not zero.   What ...

A quick guide on how to organise a virtual event 

Published on 15 April 2021

Virtual events have been happening for quite some time now, but they have taken centre stage in our life the past year or so. There is an ongoing discussion on their advantages and disadvantages, but we will get to that in another post.    In this blog, we want to present five steps that can help you organise ...

Creating a more engaging virtual meeting

Published on 25 March 2021

In recent years there has been an increase in virtual meetings, mostly due to the fact that we all operate more globally than we used to. Especially now, in the COVID19 era, most groups of people have had to meet virtually even when they were physically in the same city. Virtual meetings do have a ...

Which areas contribute the most to an event’s footprint?

Published on 18 March 2021

Climate change is not a myth and natural resources are finite. Studies12 show that at the current rate of production, by 2050 there would be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Our environmental awareness has grown and evolved over the past decade. This, in turn, has led to an increase in the public consciousness of our collective effect on the environment. Industries across ...

Sustainable Development and the concept of sustainability

Published on 11 March 2021

This is the first in a series of blogs in which we will discuss environmental sustainability and social responsibility in events and explore new technologies or other innovations that can help our community interact virtually.   In 1987 the World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED) introduced the concept of sustainable development and described how it ...

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