Sustainability

WE TAKE IT SERIOUSLY

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GOTHENBURG, WHERE ELSE?

In 2019, for the fourth year in a row, Gothenburg has taken the title of the most sustainable city in the world, according to the Global Destination Sustainability (GDS) Index. The index compares cities to determine how well they meet a long list of sustainability criteria in four different categories: social, supplier, convention bureau and environmental. The GDS-index was created to help Destinations, Convention Bureaus, Event Planners and Suppliers drive the adoption and recognition of sustainable practices in their city and in the global events industry.

Read more about Gothenburg and Sustainability.

OUR SUSTAINABILITY VISION

We at BEYOND 2020 are aware that a conference of this size always affects the environment, due to the amount of people participating from all over the world, who will be traveling, eating and producing waste. This is why BEYOND 2020 is taking serious measures to lower the impact of the event on the environment and climate as much as possible.

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BEYOND 2020 is aiming to be environmentally certified according to the Swedish Environmental Base Standard. This means that we have implemented about 50 actions to reduce the negative impact on the environment and be socially responsible. This also means that we encourage all our partners, sponsors, exhibitors and suppliers to act in a sustainable way.

Read more about the certification.

BEYOND 2020 SUSTAINABILITY POLICY

The conference is working towards having limited impact on the environment through careful consumption of energy and resources. Although hosting an entirely sustainable meeting implies a lot of work, it’s absolutely worth the effort. This includes, among others, electronically circulating meeting materials (online file sharing), not producing unnecessary conference material and products, choosing environmentally-friendly and socially-friendly products, as well as providing healthy food and hosting meetings and social events in central locations.

We believe that implementing some environmentally-friendly practices can have a positive impact and generate sustainable solutions. Thus, these guidelines are provided for coordinators, committees and contractors to the conference and aim to educate and inspire a continued mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions.

OUR EFFORTS TO REDUCE OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT

THE VENUE – SVENSKA MÄSSAN

When choosing the venue Svenska Mässan we feel confident that BEYOND 2020 event will live up to our sustainability standards. For Svenska Mässan the work on sustainability goes back several years and is under constant development. The venue is certified according to ISO 20121 and BREEAM-certified.

Read more about Svenska Mässan and Sustainability.

SOME OF THE THINGS WE DO

  • We as organiser are working towards getting the conference environmentally certified, according to the Swedish Environmental Base “Svensk Miljöbas” standard.
  • We as organiser will climate compensate parts of the delegates journeys for the conference (see more info about climate compensation below under “HOW DO WE CLIMATE COMPENSATE?”).
  • The venue Svenska Mässan, the hotels and social events are all located in the city center and you can walk between them all.
  • The chosen hotels have effective and comprehensive environmentally-friendly policies and operations.
  • Sponsors and exhibitors are actively sought who reflect positive environmental values and practices. We have active communication with all sponsors regarding BEYOND 2020 sustainability policy.
  • Only vegetarian meals will be served during lunches and coffee breaks.
  • Swedish tap water is of very high quality and tap water stations will be available throughout the venue.
  • The venue is providing waste separation bins in the conference area and the waste from other bins will be sorted later at the waste station.
  • Printed materials are kept to a minimum. Conference proceedings are provided online.
  • Gifts and give-aways are kept to a minimum.
  • Conference bags are chosen with a sustainable thought.
  • Conference delegate badges made of paper (FSC certified) and no plastic.

SOME OF THE THINGS YOU CAN DO, AS A VISITOR

Travel by train or climate compensate!

  • Choose to travel by train, instead of flying to Gothenburg.
  • If you can’t avoid flying, then make sure you actively choose one of the options provided to climate compensate when registering for the conference (see more info about climate compensation below under “HOW DO WE CLIMATE COMPENSATE?”)
  • If you land at Göteborg Landvetter Airport, note that there are excellent bus shuttles from the airport stopping just outside the venue. The bus stop is called “Korsvägen”, find more info here >>  
  • In Gothenburg we walk! The venue is located in the city center, all hotels and social venues are located by walking distance from each other – walk and explore the city, use the public transportations or the city bikes instead of taking taxis. Read more here >>
  • Please follow the waste separation instructions at the venue and at your accommodations when available.
  • Swedish tap water is of very high quality, choose this instead of bottled water. Tap water stations will be available throughout the venue. Bring your own bottles and fill them up with tap water.
  • If you are shopping, the city is providing a “Sustainable shopping guide”. Read more here >>

If you have any questions or suggestions to the sustainability work for the conference you are most welcome to contact us on: beyond2020@meetx.se

Please participate in an environmentally-friendly way!

HOW DO WE CLIMATE COMPENSATE?

BEYOND 2020 organiser will climate compensate parts of the delegates journeys for the conference via the organisation Tricorona Climate Partner AB.
The collected money will support the project “Solenergi i Jaisalmer”, for fossil-free solar energy in the Indian electricity grid. Read more here (in Swedish only).