Sustainability Policy – “A Green Congress”
WFC2015 will endeavour to reduce the environmental footprint of the Congress through the implementation of a sustainability policy. Listed below are some of the actions that will be taken during the planning phase and at the Congress.
- Venue: Inkosi Albert Luthuli ICC Complex has achieved and maintained an ISO 14001 certificate since 2011. This stringent global rating verifies that the Centre is minimising its harmful effects on the environment and works continually to improve its environmental performance. Click here for more information on the ICC’s Environmental Sustainability polices.
- Recycling: Paper, plastic, glass and tins will be recycled. Recycling centres will be set up around the venue and delegates will be reminded to make use of them in Congress communications. Delegates will be encouraged to leave unwanted name pouches and lanyards for re-use. Unwanted stationery and delegate bags can be left for redistribution to, for example, less-fortunate schoolchildren.
- Locally-sourced materials: Congress materials including the delegate bags and lanyards will be produced locally with an emphasis on local job creation.
- Printing: Where possible, all printed materials will be printed on recycled or environmentally-responsible paper. Ideally, Congress Proceedings such as abstracts and papers will be provided online only.
- The menu: Menus will be designed using local, seasonal produce and where possible, condiments such as sugars and sauces will be served in glassware rather than individually pre-packaged.
- Accommodation:The official WFC2015 Congress hotels will be encouraged to follow a green policy for the duration of the Congress. Delegates will be encouraged to assist with this policy by infrequently requesting fresh linen and towels, and switching off their lights and air conditioning when they are not in their hotel rooms.
- Delegate bag inserts: Exhibitors and sponsors will be encouraged to provide only sustainable giveaways and limits will be placed on the number of delegate bag inserts. The use of sustainable materials such as soy-based inks and recycled paper will be encouraged, as well as limited packaging.
- Speaker gifts: Promotional and speaker gifts should be made from sustainable materials, use minimal packaging, and be sourced locally.
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