OUR COMMITMENT FOR A MORE SUSTAINABLE MEETINGS INDUSTRY
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.
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.
THE CARBON FOOTPRINT OF CONVENTA 2022
275.4 tonnes of CO2 emissions were produced during Conventa 2022
Reducing negative impacts on the environment is one of Conventa’s most important objectives. That is why this year, the organisers meticolosuly measured the carbon footprint of the entire event. The carbon footprint was calculated by ClimatePartner, based on measurements of emissions generated at the GR - Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre.
88.2% of Conventa's total carbon footprint is a result of the transport of participants
We are well-aware that calculating the carbon footprint is only the beginning. The real purpose of this year's calculation was to identify the activities that cause the most greenhouse gas emissions.
"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 ČadCo-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.
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.
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.
FOR A MORE SUSTAINABLE MEETINGS INDUSTRY
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.
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.