EuroEco 2018 Tbilisi. First International Green Conference in Georgia

  • Given that international events can have a negative effect on the environment, Georgian Ecotourism Association has tried to create simple rules to reduce unnecessary impact and leave an insignificant footprint. Here are the simple steps on how we are trying to make the conference green.

     

     

    Criteria have been developed based on GSTC and “Sustainable Event Guide”

Step 1: Sustainability is a must.

Sustainability is a must. This is the main goal for the conference organising team including reducing the use of materials and involving local stake holders.

Step 1: Sustainability is a must.

While organising EuroEco2018 the GEA team created a strong network of stakeholders at national and local levels among profit and non-profit organisations and academic societies. The purpose of this network was to reduce the usage of new resources while supporting each other.

Step 2: Find a green venue.

In choosing a venue, consider its sustainability policies and performance.

Step 2: Find a green venue.

The conference will be held in the building A of Ilia State University. The university was chosen for its renewable energy supply in several buildings, recycling system for whole university and well integrated CSR and sustainability policies in the management system of university.

Step 3: Eliminate paper usage.

The conference is managed online to reduce paper usage, with the possibility to easily download all necessary conference documentation from the internet, as well as digital marketing.

Step 3: Eliminate paper usage.

Before and after the event, EuroEco2018 aims to minimize the amount of print material in favour of electronic communication. All programmes, papers and publications will be provided as a download links on the website. Only venue schemes will be printed.

Step 4: Carbon emission reduction.

Take actions to compensate the carbon emission resulting from participants’ travel and other conference activities.

Step 4: Carbon emission reduction.

Care has been taken when planning for participants’ travel arrangements to Tbilisi. Most of the participants are travelling a short-distance from Europe, and the number of invitations to speakers from outside Europe has been reduced to the necessary minimum (only three). Herbert Hamele will join the conference via Skype. While in Tbilisi, EuroEco2018 is planned carefully with short distances between conference venue and accommodation so participants can walk to the venue. As a compensation for carbon emission GEA will plant a tree in the city where the conference will be held.

Step 5: Think global, act local.

Use local conference suppliers.

Step 5: Think global, act local.

EuroEco2018 will use local suppliers for catering, promotional material etc.

Step 6: 'Green' catering.

The products used should be regional and seasonal; the dishes and cutlery should be reusable or at least recyclable.

Step 6: 'Green' catering.

Food at EuroEco2018 will be only from local farmers, seasonal and authentic dishes. We will ensure that no food will be unnecessarily packaged. The cutlery and plates used will be non-disposable and will be reused.

Step 7: Recycling is important.

Waste should be separated and recycled where possible.

Step 7: Recycling is important.

EuroEco 2018 team will collect paper for recycling. We will work with the suppliers and the venue to ensure that they recycle plastic waste.

Step 8: Reuse as much as possible.

Many reusable solutions can be found (non-disposable tablewear, already existing banners or event material if they are not branded for specific events).

Step 8: Reuse as much as possible.

The EuroEco2018 Team is using approx. 30% existing materials for the organisation of the conference. The cutlery and plates used will be non-disposable. The name badges will be reused from a previous conference, and all participants will be asked to return the name badges after the event so they can be reused again.

Step 9: Offset your carbon.

Calculate your carbon emissions with a CO2 calculator and compensate your CO2 footprint with selected climate protection and social projects (Check www.myclimate.de)

Step 9: Offset your carbon.

EuroEco 2018 is giving an opportunity to all social-economic development projects to present themselves and their work.