#GREENCONVENTA

FOR A MORE SUSTAINABLE MEETINGS INDUSTRY

Living green events is not that hard!

It all starts with long-term planning. After that, a transition is not that hard. In our case, we based our methodology on the 5R model; Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Refuse.

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CONVENTA WILL BE DECARBONISED BY 2035

According to Slovenian ecologist Dr Dušan Plut, we would need 3.1 planets in Slovenia to reach the current material consumption. Meanwhile, the USA would need five planets to reach these numbers. Other reports on the situation are also extremely worrying. The corona crisis has shown that online events can replace certain live events. Our responsibility for the future is to organise events with the smallest possible environmental footprint. The time we have to react is inevitably shortening. The social damage caused by irresponsible event organising will affect later generations and our ecosystem. Our global ecological debt is continuing to rise, and it is our responsibility to try to reverse it.

"As organisers, we are firm believers that the positive social impacts of the project will be evened out with the event's carbon footprint once reduced by 60%. Conventa is bound to become carbon-neutral by 2035 – one of the key strategic goals of Conventa's sustainable transformation."

Gorazd Čad

Co-founder of Conventa

Hope dies last, and before we find out what politicians have figured out, we must take a look at our industry. In actuality, we can do a ton for the environment ourselves. Rather than negotiating and debating our environmental sins, we should pay the piper and start by changing our events.

The organisers of Conventa have been aware of this since the project’s inception. Our green thinking was awarded by IBTM World in 2010. What we consider more important than the award is that our goals are systematic and transparent. We are firm believers that even in apocalyptic times, we can satisfy the needs of attendees whilst reducing our carbon footprint and other negative effects on the environment.

If we do not balance the organisation of Conventa with the environment’s bearing capacity, as event organisers, we will be co-responsible for the repercussions. Hence, Conventa will continue to offer the option of attending online due to its new hybrid nature. Consequently, the event’s negative effects on the environment will be reduced. Furthermore, we are implementing an array of other measures that will help preserve our planet. We find it fitting that instead of claiming to have the greenest event, we strive for a minimised carbon footprint.

The European Green Deal heralds that Europe will become an environmentally neutral continent. Event organisers must also play their role in this by implementing concrete measures.

I sincerely hope that other event organisers will follow our lead. That is why we hereby publish all our documents and thoughts transparently and openly.

Living green events is not that hard! You are invited to cooperate in our initiative.

Gorazd Čad

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STRATEGY FOR A CARBON-NEUTRAL CONVENTA

Since its inception, Conventa has strived to change the behaviour of all regional event organisers. That is why, in 2009 we set the foundations of Conventa’s green concept. We set a goal to complete activities that will result in a 50 percent decrease of our event’s emissions by 2030. We wish to become a 70 per cent carbon-neutral event by 2040.

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CONVENTA TRADESHOW’S SUSTAINABLE COMMITMENT

Reducing the negative environmental effects of the event is one of Conventa’s most valuable goals. Conventa strives to be sustainable in the long run through an established system of constant improvements. We pledge to execute the event sustainably by adhering to our evolved CONVENTA 5R model i.e. Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Refuse.

HOW TO BE SMART&GREEN?

FOR A MORE SUSTAINABLE MEETINGS INDUSTRY

The activities and decisions of event organisers, attendees and partners leave behind traces that result in the amount of carbon dioxide released into the air at events. You can start reducing your carbon footprint by taking small steps.

BE A SMART&GREEN HOSTED BUYER

Read the ten tips below and reduce your carbon footprint within the Conventa team.

BE A SMART&GREEN EXHIBITOR

Read the ten tips below and reduce your carbon footprint within the Conventa team.

BE A SMART&GREEN PARTNER

Read the ten tips below and reduce your carbon footprint within the Conventa team.

BE A SMART&GREEN TEAM MEMBER

Read the ten tips below and reduce your carbon footprint within the Conventa team.

TOOLS

FOR A MORE SUSTAINABLE MEETINGS INDUSTRY

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To calculate our carbon footprint, we use the BP Target Neutral calculator that we consider to be highly precise and relevant. We have tailored the calculator to the specific needs of Conventa.

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We have prepared a comprehensive checklist for event organisers that you can use to evaluate how sustainable your events actually are. It consists of 160 criteria in 14 categories and you can achieve a total of 242 points.

CONVENTA’S GREEN TEAM

Conventa’s green team comprises

Natalija Bah Čad

Green leader

Gorazd Čad

Management

Ana Robič Zima

Hosted buyers

Matjaž Mohar

Exhibitors