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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 ...

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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