A Roadmap For Sustainable Events At COP27

23rd November 2022

As the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP27 is ongoing in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, the launch of the Net Zero Carbon Events initiative Roadmap caught everyone’s attention.

Launched in August 2021, the Net Zero Carbon Events initiative is the events industry’s global campaign to achieve net zero carbon by 2050. This Roadmap comes as a continuation of the work started during COP26 with a pledge to organizing sustainable events.

Through collaboration, commitment and consistency the Roadmap shows how the industry can move forward effectively and how action areas and workstreams on topics such as travel, accommodation, energy, waste and measurement are the next steps. 

Several leaders of organisations commented agreeing that the time to start acting is now; education is key to implement change; we need to work collectively inside and outside the industry; it’s ok to start small.

Kai Hattendorf, CEO of UFI and JMIC board member, commented: “This is the biggest, most inclusive action ever from our industry. At COP26 we just got started, with our pledge, and a huge amount of momentum. Now, at COP27, we’re launching the Roadmap. By COP28, we will have models for implementation, successful pilots to announce and share, and we will have companies beginning to report their progress into the framework.”

The Roadmap is available as a Full Report with comprehensive information on how to implement action to achieve Net Zero, and as an Executive Summary.

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