By ‘Going Green’ our ultimate aim is to make our actions sustainable. This applies to all facets of the conference however in particular to the areas of:
Many of these areas are interlinked and provide opportunities to make environmental savings.
Offset your Emissions
At the conclusion of Global Eco, the conference gas emissions footprint will be offset. You are encouraged to offset your carbon emissions for the entire conference, however part thereof is a great start too. There are many organisations in Australia where you can offset your emissions, a useful tool is the online carbon calculator developed by the Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre. Besides calculating your carbon emissions for the conference the tool provides a number of tips on how to further reduce your impact and provides links to a list of carbon offset providers. You are able to offset your travel carbon footprint too, some options are:
Most airlines now offer an option to offset your flight upon making an online booking or if you book your flight through Flight Centre, ask one of their staff to assist you. Alternatively you are able to calculate your own offset through the AGO accredited organisation Auscarbon International.
AGO accredited offset providers that calculate and offset car travel include Greenfleet.
Please do not throw your lanyards or name sleeves away. If you won’t use these items again you are most welcome to return them to the conference organisers and we will use these for future conferences
Conference Secretariat’s Actions
The Secretariat has incorporated strategic climate change responses across all relevant levels of planning and operations. Some of the actions the Secretariat undertakes:
- purchasing from local suppliers is undertaken to reduce transport (eg local printers and audio-visual providers);
- phone and video conferencing is utilised to the maximum extent possible;
- electronic filing management systems are implemented and printing is discouraged;
- supplies are bought in bulk, recycled and individual wrapping is avoided where possible;
- paperless marketing and correspondence;
- removal of delegate bags from the conference and the adoption of opt-in brochure selection; and
- elimination of plastic bottles from the conference centre.